Why. Gigs in the Nerve Village



Foreign Owl ​(22:20 – 23:00)
Being known as one of Derry City’s most treasured local bands, Foreign Owl have managed to retain

a strong cult following for their odd and peculiar brand of experimental indie rock. Consisting of Eoghan Donegan and brothers Micheal and Ciaran McCay, the group formed in 2016 after meeting at a Taiko drumming class, leading to the three collaborating and writing original material.
The group maintain a D.I.Y. approach with the band, creating
handmade merch and self-releasing their first four singles to acclaim from BBC Radio Ulster, The Thin Air and SWIT. Most recently, the band have put out their latest release ​“Flawed”​ digitally, a highlight of their energetically tight and immersive live show. Previously having only been recorded for a live session with BBC Music Introducing, the single was produced by the band themselves, experimenting with textures of rhythm and structure to finalise this epic anthem used as a crowd-pleasing closer. Since their inception, Foreign Owl have toured extensively spreading the message of their music, with a national tour of Japan done shortly after their first single ​“Like A Beast”​, along with dates in Ireland supporting fellow locals TOUTS and Rosborough. 2019 will see Foreign Owl finally put out their long-awaited debut album after a successful crowdfunding campaign in support of it, leaving their mark on the scene forever. The band will be playing the Arcadian Field festival in Dundalk this August, followed by Stendhal Festival in Limavady.


Happy Out ​(21:30 – 22:05)
Having cut their teeth playing bars, parks, festivals and anywhere in between, the post-rock trio Happy

Out have chiseled themselves into a force to be reckoned with in the Donegal/Derry scene. Their sound is defined with blown out amplifiers, screaming vocals and decimated drumkits. Known for their energetic explosions on stage, it’s not unusual to see instruments tossed aside and stages abandoned in favour of jumping into the crowd to blare their untamed choruses. They also know how to bring the atmosphere in, with lilting melodies and soft, whisper like verses, before re-igniting for one final, strained burst of kinesis that often overcomes the venue, pushing performer and bystanders alike into adrenaline fueled warheads of movement.



gif. ​(20:45 – 21:15)
Formed in October 2018 as a 3 piece, gif quickly gained traction around Dublin from playing headline

shows in Whelan’s and The Workman’s club.
They then released their debut single ”Lumière” and accompanying B-Side ”You Said” in July 2019 and made a music video for Lumière directed by Eleanor Rodgers.



Sleeping Outside ​(20:00 – 20:30)
Slip-sliding on the dance floor since ’16.









Black Abba ​(19:20 – 19:45)
A wee band from lovely, lovely Derry consisting of a few heads, a coupla Gola shoes and at least one good musician who honestly is convinced cats will kill us instead of A.I.








Leisure Theory ​(18:40 – 19:05)
Beginning as a small bedroom project in Ireland in early 2016, Leisure Theory evolved into a genre

spanning, Manchester based entity. Leisure Theory aim to challenge both guitar and dance music by creating a blend of spiky, danceable, guitar electronica.







FRANS ​(18:00 – 18:25)
FRANS are a post-punk outfit hailing from Derry, NI. Influenced by bands such as American Football,

Cap’n Jazz and Sonic Youth, the young group have played shows in Derry and Belfast since their inception, with their stage presence known as being intensely ferocious and technically-pleasing style of song structure.