Music City 2016

The Villagers are they latest act to be announced for this year's festival

The countdown is on for this year’s edition of Music City and it is bigger and better than ever.

Kicking off on the 4th of July and running until the 10th, Music City will bring a host of local and international acts to our streets, venues and just about every nook and cranny we have in order to fill the Derry air with the sweet sound of music.

Growing from what was previously a weekend event, this year’s festival  

Recently added to that humongous list are Dublin band The Villagers. The indie folk group, consisting of Conor O'Brien, Tommy McLaughlin, Danny Snow, James Byrne and Cormac Curran, came to prominence in 2010 with the release of their debut album which was shortlisted for the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize that same year.

Villagers - Memoir (Official Audio)

The band's second studio album, Awayland, followed on from the previous success of their debut album by being shortlisted for the 2013 Mercury Prize, and going one step further and winning the Choice Music Prize.

Among the artists playing this year is Derry’s very own SOAK, aka Bridie-Monds Watson, who has been making a name for herself ever since grabbing the headlines with her Mercury Prize nomination in 2015. SOAK returns home having spent the past month on tour supporting American band The Lumineers.

SOAK - Sea Creatures

Official video for 'Sea Creatures' by SOAK taken from the forthcoming debut album 'Before We Forgot How to Dream' Released through Rough Trade

Other stand out names include Cavan’s finest, The Strypes who need no introduction. Ever since bursting onto the scene in 2011 the indie four-piece have gathered momentum and taken Europe and the States by storm while picking up a few admirers along the way including the Modfather himself Paul Weller.

The Strypes - "What A Shame" David Letterman

The Willis Clan, Girls Names, David Kitt, Malojian, PORTS….  the list goes on and the music will be incredible. There really is something for everyone during this year’s festival.


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