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Snoop Dogg let off leash for Derry gig

By Donna Deeney

Snoop Dogg is heading for Londonderry to play in front of thousands of fans at the city's premier venue.

The multi-millionaire rapper is the latest major act announced to play Ebrington Square and follows hot on the heels of MTV Crashes later this month.

Similar to the MTV tickets which sold out in seconds, the 10,000 tickets for Snoop Dogg's DJ Snoopadelic European tour gig on October 23 are also expected to get snapped up fast this Saturday morning.

This is the first time the US rapper has brought his Snoopadelic tour to Ireland. A spokesman for Legacy Promotions which is organising the event in conjunction with development company Ilex and Derry City Council, said it will be good for the city. He said: "There is no doubt Snoop Dogg is one of the biggest names in the world of music.

"With 10,000 people attending the event it will bring a massive boost to the local economy especially for the like of hotels, pubs and restaurants."

Snoop Dogg came to prominence as part of the 1990s gangsta rap scene, scoring hits with What's My Name? and Gin And Juice.

The 42-year-old musician, real name Calvin Broadus, was previously refused a visa to tour the UK in 2007.

That followed a number of arrests on suspicion of drugs and gun offences in the US.

Not everyone thinks it is a good idea to bring the controversial musician to Derry.

The decision has been slammed by Foyle Women's Aid because of the derogatory way in which women are portrayed in his music.

Spokeswoman Marie Brown said: "We really need to ask if bringing someone who portrays women as commodities to be used and abused is a good idea."

Tickets which cost £27.50 will be available from Ticketmaster and at Cool Discs in Derry from 9am this Saturday.

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