Throughout 2013 the Nerve Centre presented some of the north west's most memorable live music performances of the year, hosting acts ranging from established touring artists to some of the finest musical talent emerging in Derry~Londonderry.

Welsh rockers Funeral For a Friend staged a heroic return to the venue in January, getting the year off to a fine start while setting the bar high for performances to come. It was arguably topped in May however by one of the most lauded live acts of the last decade, Enter Shikari, whose over-16s show immediately marked itself as one the year's standouts.

In the same month Louisiana's Soul Rebels brought the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival's hip shaking party atmosphere to the Nerve Centre while the summer was capped off by an unforgettable night with English punk icon Billy Bragg, as part of the Music For a New Revolution festival.

Within the same week US guitar maestro Steve Vai delivered a stunning masterclass which saw him demonstrate his own frightening ability, share countless stories from his decorated career and invite several audience members to join him on stage for what they described as a 'surreal' jam.

Highlights of the remainder of the year ranged from an incredibly special evening of world music from Rokia Troare as part of the Southbanks's Women of the World festival to Bombay Bicycle Club packing out the venue to hear songs from their new album for the first time.

As for our homegrown musicians, crowds throughout the year were treated to both intimate and epic sets from rising stars such as Little Bear and Our Krypton Son as well as the likes of Rockers Reunion headliners Triggerman.

The City of Culture's Musician in Residence Neil Cowley drew 2013 to a stunning close with the grand unveiling of 'The Eighth Gate', a new suite of music written as an ode to Derry~Londonderry, before he accompanied Nerve Centre's SYNC Music Promise students at their end of year Joyous Celebration.

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