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Music City! is a day long celebration of gigs, festivals and performances from dawn ‘til dawn. The city will become one giant stage and everyone is encouraged to take part. So get out, listen to or make some music and get involved. *All events are free, unless otherwise stated.
Dawn Chorus - An Grianan Grianan of Aileach 4.30am
Sky Orchestra Across The City 6.30am & 8pm Seven hot air balloons will take off across the city, each equipped with its own sound system, prepared to give residents below an experience like no other, in a unique piece of work created by Luke Jerram. Prepare to be amazed by this once in a lifetime experience as the skies come alive with the sound of music!
Music City! begins with the Dawn Chorus at Grianan of Aileach, one of Ireland’s most spectacular ancient sites, led by the Inishowen Gateway Choir. This free event will see hundreds join in the celebrations of welcoming a new day and the start of Music City! Traffic and access restrictions will apply and parking is available nearby. For further details see visitinishowen.com and feilegrianan.com. Later in the evening, from 9pm – 1am, Grianan of Aileach plays host to The Awakening Of The Horsemen, a theatrical feast of processional sculpture, aerial theatre, dancing fire and much more! Tickets for the evening event have now sold out.
The Music Promise
Across The City 9.30am – 11.30am The primary schools of the city will showcase the musical talents of their students and staff on 21st June with choirs, school bands and soloists performing for parents and friends at: Long Tower Primary School, Assembly Hall- Bishop Street Foyle View School- 15 Racecourse Road Lisnagelvin Primary School- 48 Richill Park Nazareth House Primary School- Bishop Street St Therese PS, Lenamore- Heather Road, Galliagh St Mary’s P.S, Altinure- 70 Monadore Road, Claudy Belmont House School- 17 Racecourse Road St Patrick’s Primary School- Racecourse Road St Eithne’s Primary School- 26 Springtown Road Rosemount Primary School- Helen Street Naíscoil & Gaelscoil Éadain Mhóir- The Gasyard Centre St Eugene’s Primary School, Francis Street
Waterloo Place, Newmarket Street & Foyleside 9.30am onwards 9.30am – 3.30pm: Waterloo Place, Newmarket St & Foyleside Students from post primary schools of the city will take over the city centre showcasing their amazing musical talents to all. Sync Initiative/Practice Makes Perfect: 4pm – 8pm The ground-breaking SYNC initiative has been taking place four nights a week in each neighbourhood of the city. SYNC is a ‘Music Promise in the Community’ initiative that offers free access to innovative music creation, vibrant collaboration, performance, production and mentoring opportunities for young people from all areas of the city. 4
100 Years Of Danny Boy Guildhall Square 12pm - 12.45pm The words to ‘Danny Boy’ were penned by English lawyer and lyricist Frederic Weatherly in 1910. 100 years later and Danny Boy is one of the world’s most loved songs with hundreds of recorded versions by acts as diverse as Elvis Presley, The Pogues and The Muppets. At 12.30pm the children, adults and choirs of Derry~Londonderry will come together for a massive outdoor performance of ‘Danny Boy’ to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the world’s favourite song!
Neil Cowley Trio St. Augustine’s Church 1.30pm Neil Cowley, UK City of Culture 2013 Musician in Residence, returns with his trio for a unique, one-off performance in the confines of St Augustine’s Church. In keeping with his penchant for musical drama, pianist and composer, Cowley gathers some of the city’s leading voices to create The Mount Molehill Voices, a specially assembled choir to perform with him in the city’s oldest church – in surround sound. Some of the local acts joining Neil include Glenn Rosborough, Jeanette Hutton, Ruairi O’Doherty, Tracy Moore and John Deery. The One Voice Youth Choir are the special guests for this highly anticipated performance, their remarkable renditions of classic tracks having struck a chord with Neil on his first collaborative outing at the Nerve Centre during the City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival. 5
The Firstsource Singer Songwriter Stage in association with The Jammhouse
The Craft Village 12pm - 8pm The Craft Village will come alive as Firstsource join forces with The Jammhouse to host a singer-songwriter stage featuring: Our Krypton Son, Ard Ri, John Deery & The Heads, GRIM, Ronan Kearney, DAN , Rebecca Harkin, August, Paul Tully, plus the Winners of Firstsource Singer Songwriter competition Nate McCartney and Aoife White & Sharon White. Worry Dolls, winners of the Are You Legenderry competition, will also join the bill.
A Taste Of The Fleadh Across The City 1pm - 11pm Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, the biggest celebration of Irish culture anywhere in the world, will arrive in the city from 11 – 18 August with a stop off along the way in Guildhall Square as part of Music City! to give an insight into what to expect during the week long festival. Organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be an event of truly historical significance with the Fleadh taking place north of the border for the first time since its foundation in 1951. A Taste of The Fleadh will include performances at: 1.30pm: The Big Céilí @ The Guildhall 2.30pm – 5.30pm: Music from the Four Corners at An Cultúrlann featuring performances from Comhaltas Groups from Ireland’s four provinces. 6.00pm – 11.00pm: Guildhall Square performances There will be live music from some of Ireland’s finest trad musicians including Donal Lunny, Pádraig Rynne and Sylvian Barou; Dave Munnelly, Mick Coneely, Ryan Molloy, Rua McMillan Big Band. BBC Blas Ceoil will broadcast live from the event from 7pm - 9pm.
Roaring Meg Busking Competition Waterloo Street, Magazine Street and Shipquay Street 12pm - 5pm Gasyard Wall Féile are calling on all buskers to take to the streets for the Roaring Meg Busking Competition with the opportunity to win a multitude of cash prizes. Entries are encouraged from performers and buskers of all abilities to get involved in the event which will see the streets of the city centre come alive. Performers and buskers are being sought to perform for a maximum of two hours with hundreds of pounds in cash prizes up for grabs! Confirmed prizes include: £1,000 for Best Act, £200 for Best U18, £200 for Best Senior, £200 for Best Group, £200 for Best Male, £200 for Best Female and £100 for Spirit Of The Festival! All acts taking part will also be considered for a performance at Gasyard Wall Féile 2013. The winners of the Roaring Meg competition will be announced in Guildhall Square at 5.30pm. To receive a registration form contact email@example.com or for more information about this event, check out the website www.facebook.com/roaringmegbuskingfestival or call Seamus on 02871262812.
Walled City Tattoo
Double Bastion, City Walls 3pm - 5pm The Walled City Tattoo will take place at Ebrington Square from 28th – 31st August. At Music City, the organisers will present a taster for the event on the walls of the city with performances from Sontas & Colmcille Pipe Band. By drawing on the musical styles and influences of both their Irish and Scottish backgrounds, and filtering them through a musical bedrock of contemporary playing styles and arrangements, Sontas have truly developed a sound all of their own, both unique and exciting. Colmcille Pipe Band celebrate their 35th anniversary in 2013 and the Shantallow based band are former World Champions Grade 4a.
Beyond The March
The Playhouse, Artillery Street 7.45pm - 8.30pm & 8.45pm – 9.30pm Since November 2012, composers Brian Irvine and Sid Peacock have worked with the Londonderry Bands Forum, sharing insights into their own music making and compositional techniques, taking band members on a journey ‘Beyond The March’. From this melting pot of musical traditions a new work has been created specifically for Music City! with performances from: Brian Irvine, Sid Peacock and guest musicians Burntollet Sound Of Ulster Flute Band Caw Flute Band East Bank Protestant Boys Flute Band Tickets are FREE but must be booked in advance through the Playhouse Box Office: Tel: 02871268027 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sounds From This City vs Sounds From Cities On The Edge Festival Ebrington Square 4pm - 11pm A stage celebrating the best in Derry~Londonderry talent goes toe to toe with an international stage, organised by the co-founders of Exit Festival-Serbia, featuring contemporary acts from across the world.
Sounds From This City: Little Bear, Ryan Vail, Best Boy Grip, Wyldling, Droids, The Clameens, Wonder Villains, The Wood Burning Savages, Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas
Sounds From Cities On The Edge: Me And My Monkey (Tblisi), Dengue Dengue Dengue (Lima), I.A. (Havana), Batida (Lisbon), Stoned Boys (Moscow), The Wanton Bishops (Beirut), Disco ‘n’ Action (Rijeka)
The co-founders of Eastern Europe’s biggest festival, Exit, will present Sounds From Cities on the Edge, showcasing contemporary musical trends from cities that have so far been misunderstood as major cultural production zones. Meanwhile the Sounds From this City stage includes a range of the best in emerging and established talent. Tickets for this one-off event are FREE (subject to a booking charge of £1.50) and are available from Millennium Forum Box Office and from www.millenniumforum.co.uk
BBC Radio Ulster and Radio Foyle will be out in force throughout Music City! bringing you music and stories as and when they happen including some of these key moments: 4.45am - 5am: Mark Patterson introduces BBC Radio’s day-long music celebration at the Dawn Chorus. 5am - 6.30am: Kerry McClean sets us up for an extra special day on BBC Radio Ulster/Foyle with a special disc show marking Derry~Londonderry’s Music City! Day. 10am - 10.30am: Eve Blair presents a special music-filled edition of Pure Culture live from the BBC Studios at Ebrington.
Sewing Machine Orchestra The Shirt Factory, Patrick Street 1pm & 7pm Quebec composer Martin Messier is a fan of old sewing machines – but not in the way you might think. He resuscitates old Singers put to sleep years ago in order to release, in some magical ways, the luminous and sonorous presence of the past. A complex and leftfield arrangement, the old machines are brought to life in a way never thought imaginable to create a sound like no other.
10.30am - 12pm: Sean Coyle treats listeners to a unique Shopping Dance, live from the newly refurbished Guildhall with special guests. 1.30pm - 3pm: Hugo Duncan comes live from Guildhall Square, with special guests including Mike Denver and Derek Ryan. 3pm - 5pm: Mark Patterson takes a musical walking tour of the city, dropping into iconic venues, and chatting to buskers entertaining punters around the walls. 6.30pm - 7pm: Arts Extra comes live from The City Hotel Foyer, presented by Marie-Louise Muir. 7pm - 9pm: Lynette Fay comes live from the Music City! Fleadh Stage at Guildhall Square for a special extended edition of Blas. With special guests. 9pm - 11pm: Stephen McCauley presents Electric Mainline Live – a special concert from The Glassworks. 11pm - 11.55pm: Michael Bradley and Marie-Louise Muir wind down celebrations with a special jazz wrap-up live from the City Hotel, including music by Linley Hamilton and special guests, including Fiona and John Trotter.
Community Hi-Fi Reggae Stage Mute Meadow 2pm - 9pm Community Hi-Fi is a Dublin-based sound system founded when, after many years of attending reggae sound systems dances in the UK and Ireland, a group of friends decided to assemble their own sound. Committed to playing roots reggae in a King David style, expect to hear uplifting music and vibes that everyone can enjoy.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club The Venue 2013, Ebrington 9pm - midnight Over the course of the 1990s, Buena Vista Social Club revived a forgotten repertoire (son, bolero, danzón and guajiro) that is now world famous. The line-up includes new musicians to take up the Buena Vista baton, such as the incredible singers Idania Valdes and Carlos Calunga, trumpeter Guajirito Mirabal and pianist Rolando Luna, in addition to veterans such as the great trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal. Tickets for this sure to be memorable night are priced at £16.50 and available from Millennium Forum Box Office and online at millenniumforum.co.uk
Imarocker.com Stage Mason’s Bar 5pm - 9.30pm Rock and metal fans rejoice! If you have a taste for the heavier side of music, then prepare to let Bakken, Jeanette Hutton Band, Making Monsters, Seneron and The Vennel transform your Music City! experience into a loud one.
Gerard McChrystal & Craig Ogden Across the city all day As one of the world’s finest saxophonists, son of the city, Gerard McChrystal has collaborated and worked with Philip Glass, The Soweto String Quartet, tenor Tommy Smith and The Smith Quartet amongst others, at locations across the globe. He teams up with Australian guitarist Craig Ogden and returns home for a series of performances throughout the city that look to involve all of its residents.
Feile Grianan Ailigh
Greg Wilson and Support
Grianan of Aileach 9pm - 1am
Nerve Centre 10.30pm - late
Féile Grianán Áiligh join in the Music City! celebrations with a spectacular event at Grianan of Aileach. At midsummer, as the sun reaches its highest point and the northern nights are shortest, the Augers gather at the Sun’s Nest, Grianán Áiligh, examining the sky above and listening to the sleeping horsemen of the underworld below to glimpse what the future holds.
Get your dancing shoes on and get to the Nerve Centre to witness one of the most influential figures from the UK dance scene. Enjoying hugely popular residencies in the early eighties at Wigan Pier and Manchester’s majorly influential Legend, he became a pioneer of mixing in the UK and the first ‘dance music’ DJ hired for a regular weekly session at Manchester’s now legendary Hacienda club. Admission: £5/7
For this very unique spectacle, Earagail Arts, LUXe and WildWorks present The Awakening of the Horsemen – an elemental theatrical feast of processional sculpture, aerial theatre, dancing fire, shadow play, illuminated installation, sumptuous costume, raw music, soundscape and aromas with Sunset Pilgrimage and Landscape Theatre by LUXe (Ireland) and Wildworks (UK) and original music by Liam Ó Maonlaí. Tickets for this event have now sold out.
Other Stages Newmarket Street 11am - 9pm Free Derry Corner 5pm - 9pm Queens Quay 7pm - 9pm City Walls 1pm - 5pm And keep your eyes peeled for lots of special gigs and surprise acts throughout the day
Other events at a glance BARS & VENUE TRAIL 2pm – 1.30am The city’s bars and music venues will host a series of free concerts, gigs and performances featuring the best bands, singers and DJs from across the city and rest of Ireland Grand Central Bar, Great James Street - 2pm to close 2pm – 4pm: Connor McGowan 5pm – 7pm (Upstairs): Jazz Talk 6pm – 8pm: (Downstairs): Sontas 11pm – late (Upstairs): Noella Hutton 11pm – late (Downstairs): The Haciendas Sandinos Café Bar, Water Street 4pm to close Midsummer Fiesta City Hotel, Queens Quay - 6pm to midnight 6.30pm - 7pm: Arts Extra 7:30pm – 9:30pm: Paul Casey 11pm – 12am: BBC Jazz Special AOH, Foyle Street – 9pm Sontas Tower Hotel, Butcher St – 10pm Paramount Music Masons Bar, Magazine Street – 10pm Rupture Dogs & Support
Anchor Bar, Ferryquay St – 10pm King Rat
Strathfoyle Library – 2pm The Blind Harper
The Nerve Centre, Magazine St Cafe Nervosa Sessions: 12:30: August 1:30: John Deery and The Heads 2:30 Ruairi and the Owls
Karma, Queen’s Quay – 9pm Mickey and Claire
Waterside Library – 11am to 1pm Ulster-Scots Music and Dance
Envy, Strand Rd – 7.00pm Live Music
Telstar, Central Drive 5.30pm: Ellen Friel 7.30pm: Audrey McLaughlin
Delacroix, Buncrana Rd – 10pm Shaskeen
Bogside Inn, Westland St – 3pm to close 3pm – 5pm: Trad session 5pm – 7pm: Upbeat 7pm – close: DJs
Abercorn Bar, Abercorn Rd – 10pm The String Fellas The Metro, Bank Place – 10pm DJ Jim Healy
Campbells Bar, Spencer Rd – 10.30pm to close Splitz
The Gweedore, Waterloo St – 10.30pm Wide Mouth Frogs
Bound 4 Boston, Waterloo St – 10pm Matchstick Men
Peadar O’Donnells, Waterloo St – 10.30pm Trad session
Carraig Bar, Strand Rd Trad session featuring William Dundon, Finbar Magee, Briege Quinn, Patricia Quinn, Terry Conlon, Fergal O’Brien, Larry Guiney and Martha Guiney
The Bentley Bar, Linenhall St – 8pm Dougie Breslin’s Irish Set
Strand Bar, Strand Rd – 8pm to close 8pm - 9:30pm: Traditional music with Suil 10:30pm – close: Bad Penny Sullivans, Bishop Street – 10.30pm Paul McMenamin The Park Bar – 7pm Mark Conaghan
The Rocking Chair, Waterloo St – 4pm to close 4pm: Gay McIntrye 10:30pm: Venice Joe Dolan Tribute Band
LIBRARIES Shantallow Library – 3.30pm to 5.30pm 3:30pm: Irena Melly and Street Feet 4:30pm: Paul Casey Central Library – 2pm The Grin
Gasyard Centre – 10am to 11am 10am: Bad Samaritans Scooter Club, Ska Breakfast 11am: Pink Ladies Choir Crescent Community Centre, Nelson Drive – 7pm to 9pm Caw Flute Band, Dolphin Dance School, Harmony Singers plus various performances by members of the local community Dunnes Stores, Ballymacgroarty – 5.30pm Momentum Community Choir
SHOPS Bedlam, Pump Street – 12pm to 5pm Cultural Courtyard with music and wholesome, soulful food. Yellow Moon, Richmond Centre – 2pm to 4pm Quirky performances, buskers and live bands Java, Ferryquay Street – 12pm to 5pm Traditional music Sandwich Company, Bishop Street- 7pm to 8pm Tracy Cullen Band
Upcoming Music Events: Celtronic ~ June 26th – 30th Ireland’s premier electronic music festival featuring performances from Nina Kravitz, Metro Area, Henrik Schwarz and many more.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters ~ June 27th The iconic world-renowned act make their Derry~ Londonderry debut at The Venue.
68th All Ireland Pipe Band Championship ~ July 6th The best pipe bands and drum majors in the world compete for the coveted title of All Ireland Champions.
Glasgowbury ~ July 19th & 20th The ‘Small But Massive’ festival returns with a two day celebration of the best in new and emerging talent from throughout Ireland.
Walled City Music Festival ~ July 19th - 28th The Walled City Music Festival, Derry’s leading promoter of classical music, celebrate their fifth Anniversary with the most exciting festival to date.
Chic featuring Nile Rodgers ~ July 28th One of the world’s most enduring and prolific names in music, Nile Rogers and Chic debut at The Venue.
Maiden City Festival ~ August 3rd – 10th A packed week of performance in music, dance and drama within and around the historic Walled City, celebrating history & heritage, community and diversity.
The Fleadh ~ August 11th – 18th The largest celebration of Irish culture in the world comes north of the border for the first time.
Walled City Tattoo ~ August 28th – 30th A 600-strong cast of music, song, dance and theatre will display a vivid reflection on our coloured history.
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