Jim Carroll

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13 years of Celtronic and counting

How the Derry electronic music festival has kept on keeping on

Behind the mask: John Talabot

Fri, Jun 21, 2013, 09:50


It’s been interesting to watch from outside the city walls what’s been going on with Derry’s arts and cultural communities during the city’s reign as UK City of Culture. While a lot of the promo oxygen has been about one-off set-piece events and imports like BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend and Other Voices, it’s telling how many local events and fixtures have subtlely using the year and attention to bolster their own attractions.

Be it the 2D Comic Convention, CultureTECH or the Void Gallery’s programme of events, it’s the events and organisations already in existence – and who will be around when the City of Culture show leaves town – who’ve used the hubbub to best use.

This also applies to Celtronic. It’s the electronic music festival’s 13th year in business and you can bet they’ll be back for more next year.

Celtronic have wisely resisted the temptation to go large on the back of the City of Culture year and are instead sticking to their guns. What you’ll get for your £35 weekend ticket is an excellent mix of local and visiting producers, acts and DJs playing bespoke, smartly programmed events around the city.

Acts to catch include the peerless John Talabot, Siberian DJ Nina Kraviz, New York disco scoundrels Metro Area, LCD Soundsystem dude Pat Mahoney, Andrew Weatherall in his new guise as A Love from Outer Space with Sean Johnston, Manchester other music wizard Andy Votel, Jon Hopkins, Koreless Henrik Schwarz, the Celtronic Kidz club with Tom Middleton and many more.

There’s also plenty of local attractions too, including Derry Wans On International Manoeuvres with Orlagh Dooley, Shocko and Oliver Brown and a showcase of local electronica producers at the Craft Village.