Derry stages spectacular weekend of music showcase

21st September 2014

Derry~Londonderry’s MTV weekend celebrations have been hailed a huge success by its organisers Derry City Council.

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The Mayor Cllr Brenda Stevenson said she was extremely proud of the city for successfully hosting an international music event of this scale and featuring some of the biggest names in the music and dance industry.

Top music acts such as Afrojack, Professor Green, MNEK and Neon Jungle, Chase and Status, Sigma and DJ Fresh all performed over two nights to 20,000 music fans of MTV Crashes and MTV Club DJs at Ebrington Square.

Three young local DJs, a-15-year-old DJ duo Callum Porter and Mark Kivelehan, and 22-year-old Erika Lauren also got the chance of a lifetime to perform when they performed the warm-up on Saturday evening with their DJ set.

Mayor Stevenson said the weekend events were among the highlights of the city’s Music City 2014 celebrations.

Speaking after the event, Mayor, Councillor Brenda Stevenson, said it was hugely successful showcasing the city’s ability to host large scale music events.

 “The atmosphere in the city over the weekend has been unbelievable. Once again Derry has welcomed a whole host of international stars for a fantastic showcase event for the region, and local music fans have enjoyed a full programme of top class entertainment as part of Music City 2014 celebrations. It has been a very successful partnership arrangement between MTV, Derry City Council, Ilex and NITB and we are delighted that the two gigs were such a success.”

“The fact that we also had Culture Night and the CultureTech Festival running over the course of the weekend, meant there were a diverse range of events to suit all ages and tastes. I would like to thank all our partners and everyone involved in ensuring that the weekend’s events were such a success,” she added.

Oonagh McGillion, Director of Legacy with Derry City Council, said she was delighted the music celebrations were continuing right through the weekend.

She said: “Our Music City Showcase is continuing today with lots of live local acts performing in the city and allowing music lovers to enjoy some of the excellent local music talent we have. If you are out and about come along and enjoy live performances in venues across the city.”

Bangor born singer Foy Vance will take to the stage at the Glassworks this evening, while singer songwriter Paul Casey will perform to music lovers at the City Hotel, and Dublin sensations the Hot Sprockets and Old Hannah will rock Sandinos.

 Mayor Stevenson concluded by extending a big thank you to everyone involved in making the event such a success.

“Without the support of the people on the ground such as the emergency services, cleansing teams and volunteers, we could not make events of this scale possible, so a big thank you to everyone for their tireless efforts in the run up to and during the event,” she said.

MTV Crashes Derry–Londonderry was staged in collaboration with Derry City Council and with support from Ilex, and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.