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Ireland’s electronic music festival Celtronic returns to Derry

Ireland’s leading electronic music festival, Celtronic, celebrates its eighteenth anniversary this summer with five days and nights of music events, film screenings, workshops, seminars, recording projects and much more at venues across the city of Derry from Wednesday June 27th  – Sunday July 1st. For the last eighteen years, Celtronic has showcased the biggest international artists from across the electronic music spectrum alongside the best Irish DJs, producers and live acts.

The festival kicks off with a massive party at one of Ireland’s finest venues, St Columbs Hall, on Wednesday June 27th with headliners DJ Seinfeld and Kornél Kovács making the trip to Derry from Sweden for the festival. The Cyclist, Bekuz and InFlux DJs complete the lineup on the opening night.

Stephen McCauley’s Electric Mainline show will broadcast live from Echo Echo Dance on Magazine St on Thursday June 28th before the action moves to Sandinos later that evening for another unmissable party with Avalon Emerson, one of the leaders of techno’s new school, Octo Octa, one of North America’s most exciting new artists and Derry’s rising superstar Or:la.

On Friday June 29th, Echo Echo Dance Company will host an unmissable night of live electronica with performances from Rival Consoles from the amazing Erased Tapes label, Derry’s finest Ryan Vail and Elma Orkestra. Two of the biggest names in techno DVS1 and Paula Temple headline Friday night’s gathering at The Nerve Centre, Magazine St. Support acts include Aaron Thomas, Jika Jika DJs, Acid Flex, Sofia DJs.

Throughout the festival, the Celtronic Emerge programme will showcase the best up and coming artists, DJs and producers from across Ireland at city centre venues including The Guildhall Taphouse and Sandinos while Celtronicon at The Nerve Centre on Saturday 30thJune will feature a record and equipment fair, talks, seminars and live showcases and DJ sets from Culture Glitch and Movin Music Academy.

A highlight of this year’s festival will be the premiere of a collection of new music created at Celtronic Studios by Ireland’s leading electronic music star Phil Kieran and three local musicians that will be performed by the country’s Ulster Orchestra at a special event at The Glassworks, Great James Street on Saturday June 30th.

The headline event on the Saturday of Celtronic 2018 takes place at St Columbs Hall and will be headlined by two of the most significant electronic artists of the last 20 years, Roman Flügel and Steve Bug. Support comes from Underlying Form’s Darren Allen and Deep Fried Funk DJs.

The festival comes to a close on Sunday July 1st at The Guildhall with one of the most in-demand DJs in the world, Gerd Janson, New York’s finest Mister Saturday Night and local favourites, The Queen & Disco.

Celtronic is supported by Derry City & Strabane District Council, PRS Foundation and Arts Council NI. Tickets for all Celtronic events are available online at and at The Millennium Forum Box Office (00442871264455)For more info, check or follow @celtronic on Twitter.

Celtronic 2018 Derry

The full lineup is outlined below. 

Celtronic 2018
Opening Night Party
Wednesday June 27that St Columbs Hall, Derry

DJ Seinfeld (Lobster Fury – Malmo)

Kornel Kovacs (Studio Barnhus – Stockholm)

The Cyclist (All City – Hypercolour – Live)

Bekuz vs Influx
Doors: 9pm – late

Advance Tickets: £13/15

Thursday June 28that Sandinos, Water Street, Derry
Avalon Emerson (Whities – Icee Hot)

Octo Octa (Live)
Or:la (Deep Sea Frequency – Hotflush)
Andrew Devine


Doors: 9pm – late

Advance Tickets: £13 / £15

Friday June 29that Echo Echo Dance, Magazine St, Derry
Rival Consoles (Erased Tapes – Live)
Ryan Vail (Live)
Elma Orkestra (Live)
Doors: 7pm

Advance Tickets: £10/12

Friday June 29th at The Nerve Centre, Magazine St, Derry

DVS1 (Hush – Klockworks – Minneapolis)
Paula Temple (R&S Records – Berlin)
Aaron Thomas (Live)

Jika Jika DJs
Acid Flex DJs

Sofia DJs
Advance Tickets: £15

Saturday June 30that The Glassworks, Great James St, Derry

Ulster Orchestra & Phil Kieran

Featuring live orchestral versions of collaborative work between Phil Kieran and Eoin O’Callaghan, Leon Crockett and Neil Burns

Doors: 7pm

Advance Tickets: £10/12

Saturday June 30that St Columbs Hall, Derry

Roman Flugel (Dial – Playhouse – Frankfurt)
Steve Bug (Poker Flat – Berlin)

Darren Allen (Underlying Form – Discobar)
Deep Fried Funk DJs
Advance Tickets: £15

Sunday July 1st at The Guildhall, Derry
Gerd Janson
Mister Saturday Night
Queen & Disco

8pm – late
Advance Tickets: £15/18

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