Former Pussycat Doll lined up for Europe’s biggest Hallowe’en festival

THE former Pussycat doll Kimberly Wyatt and hip hop artist Spencer Nezey will perform as Her Majesty and the Wolves at this year’s Hallowe’en festival celebrations in Londonderry.

Wyatt - an erstwhile Pussycat Doll - and Nezey - formerly of hip hop dance floor duo Jupiter Rising and acolyte of the Black Eyed Peas - have been newly announced as one of the main attractions for the traditionally spectacular Hallowe’en festival which celebrates its 25th year in 2011.

Other top musical acts confirmed to perform for the Hallowe’en celebrations are local and internationally renowned singer songwriter Paul Casey, and much-acclaimed tribute band, the Killers of Leon.

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Top local act, Paddy Nash and the Happy Enchiladas will also be performing over the five-day festival while local up and coming bands will be getting in on the act on the Teenage Spooks Stage.

Mayor, Alderman Maurice Devenney, says the top rated music acts confirmed for this year’s event are sure to prove a great hit with the public.

“The musical aspect of our Hallowe’en celebrations is always very popular and in this the 25th year of the event we have secured a wide range of fantastic musical acts which are sure to attract families into our city centre.

“A lot of work has been going on behind the scenes for some time to put together a programme of music events that can be enjoyed by young and old alike in an alcohol free, family friendly setting,” he said.

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Gerry McColgan, Event Organiser with Derry City Council said this year’s event promised to be bigger than ever before appealing to all with a particular focus on entertaining the younger audience.

“The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Festival is one of the high points of the city’s social calendar and this 25th edition promises to be the most exciting yet.

“The musical acts will appeal right across the spectrum and will allow our young people to enjoy themselves in a safe alcohol free environment. The music performances are only part of our extensive celebration with the full programme to be released later this month.”

The city’s Halloween spectacular long ago established a reputation as Ireland’s biggest street party with a wide range of family friendly events scheduled over the five- day period of 27-31 October.

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The Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival is funded and organised by Derry City Council and supported by Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Taxis Company.

Full details of the Halloween programme will be available online from 27 September at