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Plans for future concerts revealed by Music Capital in Derry

Last month, the NI executive announced that indoor and outdoor performance would be allowed to return – a big plus for an industry that had suffered more than a year of restrictions.

Kieran Dunlop has been producing shows for Music Capital for two and a half years. He believes the Northwestern music scene will come back stronger and better than before “people have to work together”.

“I was lucky enough to attend the Stendhal festival last weekend and it was amazing to be able to listen to live music again, and it just shows what can happen when people work together. I think the guys had a week to produce the festival before I got the green light and everyone I spoke to had a fantastic weekend.

Derry music producer Kieran Dulop and some of the fantastic artists who will be performing over the next few months.

Kieran is still actively planning shows and is fighting for the return of live music. “When the restrictions started to ease recently, I thought the bars and places would have jumped for joy to be able to get the music back,” he said.

“From what I’ve seen bars and venues are happy with the way things are up to the minute, and they’re in no rush to put on live music, which I felt was strange. I have about 30 shows that I cannot advertise at the moment, due to constantly changing regulations and restrictions. This leaves us constantly on the lookout for suitable places and venues to host music so that we can meet guidelines. “

Every Tuesday in July and August, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., local musicians can be seen playing at the “little church on the walls”. Kieran says the St. Augustine and Derry and Strabane District Councils have been very supportive in helping to return to live music.

“Due to the restrictions in place, our first three concerts were broadcast live, but such has been the thirst for the return of the music, the lunchtime performances have gained thousands of views, not only from the city. but from all over the world, from as far away as Canada to Australia. These concerts are free and everyone is welcome.

“There are plans for more music all over town, and we are in discussions with Derry and Strabane District Council and local businesses in the hope that this becomes a regular event.

“The last sixteen months have changed the way we produce music and in the future we need to think outside the box when it comes to producing shows safely. Focus on regular, intimate outdoor events that include music, the wider arts community, and street performers, in the hopes that these collaborations will add something special to Maiden Town.

Music Capital’s Luminare shows run from September to December. Music fans will have the chance to see renowned artists such as the Henry Girls, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Mary Coughlan. The first concert kicks off on Friday September 24 with Irish folk legend and singer Luka Bloom, who is the younger brother of Christy Moore. There is also support from local musicians Connor Hutcheon ‘Hutch’, as well as a performance by John Deery and the Heads.

“I have always championed the live music scene, especially in Derry, with its rich musical history.” Kieran said.

“The Luminare shows that will debut in September 2021 in St. Augustine will be something very different, giving audiences the opportunity to hear up close some of Ireland’s most respected musicians and the incredible local talent who support these shows. . “

Many musicians and performers feel they have been spared the hospitality industry. Signs of regular weekly entertainment are unclear. Musicians who played a central role in keeping people entertained at a party have yet to reconsider their future in the industry. Kieran thinks concerts should “be made easier to do.”

“The council has done an incredible job on its big festivals like Halloween and the Jazz Festival. Local promoters like Celtronic and Jika Jika have also taken Derry’s dance scene to the next level.

“But the opportunities for the live band scene and emerging artists to perform are scarce. Music Capital is hoping to change this, we believe there is an opportunity and a space for all to work together for the benefit of the inaugural city.

“The council’s Inside Out, Putting the Music Back on the Streets program has been great to see and a welcome start, but we need more. Here in the North West Music Capital, I work with around 260 emerging musicians and artists, and receive emails daily from musicians across Ireland and the UK looking for a chance to perform. Things really have to change, we have to be able to produce music, to do concerts all over town on a regular basis. “

Without local enthusiasts like Music Capital, future planning and preparation for events would still be a gray area in Derry. Music Capital says its mission is “to inspire, create and connect people through the power of live music.”

“I recently spoke with the Derry and Strabane District Council and there is an outdoor festival scheduled for later this year, possibly in September, and will involve local music and arts organizations and businesses,” said Kieran. “It has always been a struggle for musicians to find a platform and to be heard. At Music Capital, our philosophy is to promote diversity and inclusion, and to encourage the discovery of new artists. To build a sense of trust and conviction within the music community, not just here in the North West, but across the island of Ireland.

“We want to boost the cultural scene and set up unifying events that promote synergies between places, organizations, networks and agencies.

“What we’re trying to do is bring back live music. For the people of Derry and its growing number of visitors, we want music on every corner, in pubs, cafes, shops, giving audiences the music experience of a city that has an abundance of talent and so much more to give.

For more information about Music Capital, visit their web page at www.musiccapital.org. If you have a unique venue or location and want to host an event email [email protected]