As highlighted in Daniel Robinson’s feature back in January, Derry’s role as the UK City of Culture has only been good for music fans of all flavours. From pop to classical, State readers will find much to whet their appetites. Here’s our guide to what’s coming up:
City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival: 2 – 6 May
Some of the biggest stars and newest names on the jazz scene.
Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Ebrington Square & The Venue: 24 – 26 May
The UK’s biggest free ticketed event returns to Northern Ireland with two days of big name acts including Two Door Cinema Club and Olly Murs and fresh new music plus a day focused on dance music.
Phil Coulter & Friends Live with the Ulster Orchestra, Ebrington Square: 14 – 15 Jun
A one-off chance to hear Coulter with the Ulster Orchestra and special guests.
Columba Canticles – Four Centuries of Song, Londonderry/Belfast: 9/10 June
Celebrating 400 years of Derry’s richly joyous, yet turbulent history featuring the choirs of the Universities of Ulster and Aberdeen combined with the London Southbank Sinfonia.
9 June, St Columb’s Cathedral, Londonderry
10 June, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club featuring Omara Portuondo & Eliades Ochoa: 21 June
Finale event as part of the ‘Music City!’ with the debut of Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club.
Status Quo at The Venue 2013: 22 June
Rock legends return to the city.
Celtronic, Citywide: 26 – 30 June
Ireland’s premier electronic music festival, showcasing the best in all forms of electronic music and including a series of special events connecting electronic music worldwide.
Elvis Costello & The Imposters: 27 June
The debut of Costello and his latest band.
All Ireland Pipe Band Championship, St. Columbs Park & Ebrington: 06 July
Superb family day out.
Walled City Music Festival, Citywide: 19 – 28 Jul
Ten days of classical concerts by internationally renowned virtuoso musicians.
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann: 11 – 18 August
The biggest festival of Irish culture in the world.
The Walled City Tattoo, Derry~Londonderry: 28 – 30 August
A 600-strong cast use music, song, dance and theatre to create a celebration of the city’s history.
City of Song Singer/Songwriter Festival: 1 September – 31 October
Singer/songwriters from throughout Ireland, Britain and beyond converge on the City of Song.
Roctober Metal Fest, Various Locations: 30 September – 05 October
A showcase the best of the city’s talent alongside national and international acts.
City of Derry International Choral Festival Citywide: 24 – 27 October
A four-day celebration of choral activities.
Teenage Kicks – A Punk Musical, Millennium Forum: 01 – 09 November
A musical about teenage lust and love featuring classic songs from the punk era. Written by award-winning novelist and screenwriter Colin Bateman.
In addition there are plenty of festivals taking place across the region, including Open House Festival, Belfast (19 – 23 June), Glasgowbury, Draperstown (19 – 20 July), Fiddler’s Green International Music Festival, Rostrevor (21 – 28 July), Tennents Vital, Belfast (14 August), Belsonic, Belfast (16 – 26 August) and many more. For all the details visit Discover Northern Ireland.