Mayor hosts civic reception for Boyzlife stars ahead of Ebrington gig
26 July 2021
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, has hosted a civic reception at the Guildhall for Boyzlife singers Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden ahead of their concert in the city this weekend.
The former Boyzone and Westlife duo will perform many of the groups' greatest hits at Ebrington Square this Sunday August 1st as part of a weekend of live music at the venue that includes the Connected Summer Music Festival on Friday July 30th and Country Fest on Saturday July 31st.
Mayor Warke welcomed the return of larger scale live music to the city and urged those in attendance at the weekend to exercise caution during the event.
"I was absolutely delighted to welcome these two boy band legends to the Guildhall," he said. "I'd like to congratulate Legacy promotions for hosting the event and for their kind gesture of donating over 1,000 free tickets to health care workers for the concerts in recognition of their heroics during the Covid 19 crisis.
"There are still some tickets remaining for the concerts via Skiddle and Cool Discs Foyleside so I'd encourage anyone wishing to attend to act now to avoid disappointment.
"I'm delighted to see the return of live music to the city and I'd like to encourage those in attendance to stay safe and exercise caution by wearing your mask in crowded areas, washing your hands regularly and maintaining social distance with those outside of your bubble."
The Boyzlife pair also used the opportunity to encourage anyone who hasn't taken up the option of the Covid 19 vaccine to do so as soon as possible to ensure a return to more normal life.
"I have received both my vaccines and I would encourage each and everyone of you to do the same," said Keith Duffy. "It gives us our best chance to get back to doing the things we love such as socialising, going to concerts and eating with family members.
Brian McFadden added: "I've been vaccinated to protect myself, my family and everyone else and I'd ask you to do the same so we can return to normality as soon as possible."
Tickets for all three events this weekend are available via Skiddle and Cool Discs, Standard Tickets cost £20 plus booking fee while VIP tickets are £35 plus booking fee.
Anyone aged 18 on or before October 31st 2021 can now be vaccinated at any of the seven regional centres across Northern Ireland.
You can walk into any Vaccination Centre or book online, visit http://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated/ for more.