Nadine Coyle, Snow Patrol added to City of Culture concert

Nadine Coyle
Image caption Nadine Coyle will play in her home town for the first time in many years

The BBC has confirmed that the upcoming Sons and Daughters concert next Sunday will be broadcast live on the BBC red button service.

There were over 11,000 applications for the 2,000 free tickets for the concert - the first major music event to be staged at The Venue.

The line-up includes Snow Patrol, Nadine Coyle, and Phil Coulter.

The event is being staged at a new purpose-built pavilion at Ebrington.

All tickets for the Sons and Daughters concert which were free and issued by lottery, have been allocated.

Sons and Daughters will be recorded for BBC Northern Ireland television and broadcast live on the night on BBC Radio Ulster, from 19.30 (GMT)

Peter Johnston, Director BBC Northern Ireland, said: "In what looks set to be a memorable year, we are very excited to be part of Sons and Daughters as the opening concert to mark the start of Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture.

"The BBC is planning a number of major events and programmes across the year and it is great to begin with such a prestigious occasion as we host a special evening of music and celebration."

The city's mayor, councillor Kevin Campbell, said he was looking forward to concert: "The Sons and Daughters concert will allow us to celebrate our excellent musical and cultural talent for which we are so renowned.

"We are delighted to offer the public the chance to see the city's most loved musicians and performers come together in their home town for a free concert.

"This gala event, which will reflect the city's cultural achievements in music, word and song, promises to be a great night's entertainment and one of the highlights of our exciting year of events during 2013."