Music City 2015

Music City returns for a three day extravaganza transforming Derry~Londonderry with performances to please everyone

Festival Details


Friday, 19 June 2015 to Sunday, 21 June 2015



Music City, the festival where everyone can play, will return to the city of Derry later this month. For the 2015 edition, the festival has been expanded to 3 days and will transform the city’s streets, venues, neighbourhoods, churches, offices and workplaces into performance spaces on the weekend of 19th – 21st June. All forms of music will be on show at Music City 2015 so whether it’s classical, country, folk, rock, trad, jazz or house music that is your favourite genre, Music City will have something for every music fan. 

Among the major artists performing in the city over the weekend will be Ivor Novello award winner and Hollywood soundtrack composer, David Holmes, folk legend Christy Moore, legendary New York DJ Danny Tenaglia, founder member of The Frames and member of The Swell Season Colm Mac Con Iomaire and one of the great institutions of Scottish traditional music, Battlefield Band. 

Classical music stars Gerard McChrystal, Ruth McGinley, Margaret Keys and award winning choir Codetta will feature in a live BBC Radio Ulster broadcast while one of Ireland’s finest duos, The Lost Brothers return to Derry for the festival.

Derry’s music scene is well represented at Music City 2015 with performances from hotly tipped acts including PØRTS, Best Boy Grip, Triggerman, The Clameens, Paddy Nash & The Happy Enchiladas and Declan McLaughlin as well as extensive performances from the choirs, schools and colleges of the city. 

The theme of this year’s festival is Occupy Derry with Music. Organisers are encouraging individuals, groups, businesses, workplaces and anyone else who can to put on gigs and performances in their place of work, homes, streets and anywhere else they can, to get in to the spirit of the weekend. With the Music City Busking Competition opening up the streets as a stage, musicians can take their performances from their bedroom to the stage and be in with a chance of winning cash prizes while introducing the people to their music.