Top acts set to play derry gigs
BBC Radio One chiefs today vowed to bring ‘incredible’ acts to a massive two-day musical festival in Londonderry.
Announcing details today of the One Big Weekend festival in April, a Radio One spokesman said they were currently in negotiations with a number of top acts about the event in Derry.
Although no performers have yet been confirmed, speculation has been mounting that the line-up could include, among others, Madonna, The Darkness, Dido and the Sugababes.
An estimated 20,000 free tickets will be made available for the two-day festival which will take place at Prehen Playing Fields on April 24 and 25 as part of the BBC Music Live event throughout Northern Ireland.
Hundreds of concerts and other musical events will held in the province during the musical extravaganza.
The first day of the Derry festival will feature a number of top DJs, while the second will feature performances from leading pop acts.
The Radio One spokesman said they were excited to be coming to Derry.
“This event really is a mini festival and we’re aiming to bring some incredible acts to the area,” he said.
“Over the coming weeks we’ll be letting people know who is going to be playing and how they can get the free tickets.
“It’s the first time the event has been part of BBC’s Music Live which is another great thing.”
Music Live Director Bill Morris said Derry’s rich musical heritage had played a key role in the city being included in the event.
“The cultural heritage is reflected in the vast range of events that the city is hosting from dance music to classical concerts meaning Derry will play an integral part in the overall Music Live festival,” he said.
“Renowned for its warm reception and fun loving population we are really looking forward to creating an amazing musical party in such a beautiful city.”