Big names kick off Derry’s year as City of Culture with huge concert

Girls Aloud star Nadine Coyle and Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody will help kick off celebrations for Derry's year as City of Culture this weekend.

They will join Neil Hannon, Phil Coulter, The Undertones, Dana, and Amanda Burton for the opening concert in Derry on Sunday.

The Sons and Daughters gig aims to showcase a host of artists from the North with international reputations to reflect Derry’s cultural achievements through music, word and song.

The event is the first major celebration of 2013 and is being staged in The Venue, a new purpose-built pavilion in the former military barracks in Ebrington Square.

Mayor of Derry Kevin Campbell says it will be one of the highlights of the year: