Derek headlines this year’s Country Fest

Country Fest, headlined by Derek Ryan, will take place at Ebrington Square, Derry on the 31st July. One of the first music events to take place in the city since the outbreak of Covid 19.


1000 NHS staff in the North West are to receive free tickets to the open-air country music event in Londonderry at the end of the month.


Event promoter, Robert Allen is making the gesture to say thanks to the NHS and frontline staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the coronavirus pandemic. In an area of Northern Ireland particularly affected by infections and deaths.


Speaking today Robert said he wanted to recognise the great work of the NHS throughout this past 18 months. Stating he had no hesitation in making 1000 free tickets available to what will most likely be a sellout concert.


“I am giving our health care and frontline workers a chance to enjoy a free concert in recognition of the months of relentless dedication and service they have given to help us stay safe.” He added.


Derek Ryan, who performs over 150 shows annually, has not performed live since last July’s sell-out drive-in concerts in Ballymena.


“Take it from me we intend to give the fans a good time.”


Derek, who has performed many times before at Ebrington and regards the location as one of his favourite venues said: “The band and I are beyond excited at the prospect of performing again.  It has been a long wait to get to this point. Take it from me we intend to give the fans a good time.”


“The Coronavirus pandemic should remind everyone that the National Health Service is one of the most important institutions in our lives. The men and women who serve us and care for us can never be thanked enough. We are just musicians, so there is little we can do but sing for you as a thank you.”


Country Fest will also include Johnny Brady and Barry Kirwan in a five-hour concert.


The free tickets for NHS staff are available from 9.00 a.m this Saturday 24th July at Cool Discs, Foyle Street, L’Derry. Maximum of 4 per person be allocated on proof of accreditation.


General admission tickets are now on sale from


Click here for tickets to see Derek Ryan live in concert on his Irish Concert Tour 2022.