Taking place on Saturday June 10 at the Canal Basin, this is the first time such a large scale event has come to this outdoor arena.As well as The Blizzards (fronted by RTE’s ‘The Voice of Ireland’ judge, Bressie), the concert will include Irish folk/pop duo Hudson Taylor and Ryan McMullan – who are lead support on Ed Sheeran’s European Tour along with Roisin O, who has played support to the likes of The Coronas, Gavin James and Mumford & Sons.
The Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Alderman Hilary McClintock praised the Strabane BID (Business Improvement District) for organising such a prestige event which she believes will add to the Summer Jamm programme, which will run from June 9-11.
Speaking at the launch of the event, the Mayor said, “Summer Jamm in Strabane has risen to be one of council’s most popular events of the year. It is great news that the festival has been extended to now run over three days, meaning more fun and more entertainment for everyone.
“Having viewed the programme I can guarantee there will be family friendly activities to suit everyone in the festival. I expect this year will be even more popular with the mix of rising and established stars on the programme.
“I encourage everyone to save the dates and come join us for a great weekend in Strabane.”
Michael Kelly, owner of MK’s Bar in Strabane and who is a director with the local BID said, “We are delighted to bring a new event of this scale to Strabane town. Strabane is a forward looking place and this event offers us the opportunity to build on the success of the Summer Jamm and to create an impact for the town.
“This year’s festival is hopefully the start of a showpiece annual event for Strabane – the foundation for a bigger and even more ambitious Summer Jamm in 2018.”
The Summer Jamm festival will begin on Friday June 9 with the Three Rivers playing in the Alley Theatre. Saturday day time events will include family fun activities and music around every corner. Country comes to town on Sunday June 11 where the Canal Basin will again host a family country fest with David James, Cliona Hagan and Johnny Brady all performing.