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SGN Natural Gas to sponsor Strabane Summer Jamm 2018

25 May 2018

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Cllr Maoliosa McHugh has said he is delighted that SGN Natural Gas are to be the sponsors of Strabane Summer Jamm 2018 – and will be supporting the hugely popular outdoor festival for a second successive year.

Mayor McHugh said: “I am delighted that SGN Natural Gas are sponsoring this year’s Strabane Summer Jamm – and can’t wait for what will be a fun family-friendly weekend of music and activities on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24 June.

“Strabane will be buzzing with live music and dance, street entertainment, arts & crafts, food stalls, the ‘Strajamba Music Festival’ and a lively fun fair for all to enjoy!

“Indeed, with such a strong programme this year, I have no doubts that thousands of people will visit the town – firmly establishing the event as the largest celebration in Strabane’s cultural calendar.”

Mark Davidson, Team Manager for SGN Natural Gas, said: “SGN Natural Gas are proud to be sponsoring the Summer Jamm again this year as part of a two-year commitment which also included the Strabane Lifford Half Marathon – two premier local events which have grown from strength to strength.

“Natural gas is now live in Strabane where around 1,900 homes and businesses have access to an alternative new energy supply. We are really looking forward to celebrating with the local community who have been so supportive as we extend the natural gas network into the West, and the hundreds of visitors who will be travelling to the Summer Jamm to be part of the festivities.”

The theme of this year’s festival is ‘Let the Dance Begin’ and will be a celebration of all types of dance and music launching with ‘The Seventh Son’ Band a tribute to Iron Maiden on Friday evening at the Alley Theatre with a free beer on arrival. 

The fun continues on Saturday as North West Regional College invite people to join them onsite for interactive activities from 11am – 2pm. From 12 noon the town centre will be alive with local dance performances, balloon modelling by Britain’s Got Talent Semi Finalist ‘Duff Balloons’ – make a guitar, drum or even a tambourine in our arts and crafts stalls, have fun with our street entertainers and have a go at some retro arcade games.

Singer song writer Dan Leith will be bringing lots of furry fun in ‘Woofle’ at the Alley Theatre, a show about Dan and his dog with lots of singing, video footage and dancing. There will be plenty of amusements and games to enjoy over the whole weekend as Cullens Fun Fair comes to town.  The streets will be full of music from The Wailin Banshees, Jazz Gazette, Strabane Brass Band and lots of original talent from musicians in a busking competition in conjunction with Strabane Chamber of Commerce.

Strabane’s local talent will shine at Strajamba Music Festival in the Canal Basin on Saturday evening with an impressive lineup including Broken Bandits, GrassRoots Band, Harks, 1980 Something, Dareen Doherty & The Heathen Choir all headlined by the electric ‘HotHouse Flowers’.

The festival commences on Sunday with a fabulous line up for the ‘Open Air Country Concert’ in Canal Basin, suitable for all the family.  Featuring Shane Owens, Ben Troy, The Ward Sisters, Keelan Arbuckle, Ryan Turner Band, DJ Sean G.  Come along and jive the afternoon away and enjoy lessons from jiving queen Tammy Love.  Plus there will be food stalls, bar, animation and entertainment.

Summer Jamm is a free event excluding events in the Alley Theatre and the Strajamba Music Festival. Tickets for the ‘Seventh Son’ Iron Maiden tribute show at the Alley Theatre on Friday night are £10, tickets for ‘Woofle’ on Saturday are £2. Tickets for The Strajamba Music Festival are £5 before the event or £10 on the night.

The ‘Open Air Country Music Festival’ on Sunday is free. 

For further information and full programme of events visit www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm