Nadine Coyle, Gary Lightbody and Johnny McDaid (Snow Patrol) playing acoustic, and Neil Hannon complete the line-up for Sons & Daughters – the opening concert for the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture 2013.
They join Phil Coulter, The Undertones, Paul Brady, Damian McGinty, Gerard McChrystal, Amanda Burton, Dana, The Priests, Eva Birthistle, James Nesbitt, Codetta and others for the gala evening on Sunday 20 January.
The concert will feature ‘sons and daughters’ from stage and screen – local artistes with international reputations who will reflect on the city’s cultural achievements through music, word and song.
The event, the first major celebration of 2013, is being staged in The Venue, the new purpose-built pavilion at Ebrington, and is also supported by Derry City Council.
All complimentary tickets for the Sons & Daughters concert, which were issued through a random draw, have now been allocated.
Doors open at 6.30pm and the concert will begin at 7.45pm.
Sons & Daughters will be recorded for BBC Northern Ireland television and broadcast live on the night on BBC Radio Ulster, presented by Marie-Louise Muir, from 7.30pm.
Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland, said: “In what looks set to be a memorable year, we are very excited to be part of Sons and Daughters as the opening concert to mark the start of Derry~Londonderry UK City of Culture. The BBC is planning a number of major events and programmes across the year and it is great to begin with such a prestigious occasion as we host a special evening of music and celebration.”
The city’s Mayor Cllr Kevin Campbell said he was looking forward to concert: “The Sons and Daughters concert will allow us to celebrate our excellent musical and cultural talent for which we are so renowned. We are delighted to offer the public the chance to see the city’s most loved musicians and performers come together in their home town for a free concert. This gala event, which will reflect the city’s cultural achievements in music, word and song, promises to be a great night’s entertainment and one of the highlights of our exciting year of events during 2013.”
Read the article at cityofculture2013.com.
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