Taking place at the end of April, the festival programme will also feature up to 30 unsigned bands spread across four top Limerick music venues; Dolans, Bourkes, Cobblestone Joes and The Blind Pig. There has been an unprecedented number of bands applying to take part in Indie Week Ireland 2014, with bands from around the globe as well as all over Ireland eager to perform at the festival.

One of the performing bands will be selected by a panel of judges to win the top prize of flights and accommodation for Indie Week Canada in October 2014, where they will support the festival’s headline act and have the chance to connect with industry professionals from North America.

Scheduled to take place in Limerick City on the 23rd, 24th, 25th  and 26th  April, Indie Week Ireland is presented by Limerick Independent Music Committee, a local voluntary group, and is funded by Limerick City of Culture 2014. Committee member Monica Spencer says.

Locating INDIE WEEK IRELAND in Limerick, during Ireland’s inaugural National City of Culture, gives Irish and international bands opportunities for synergy and offers music fans from Limerick and beyond a chance to celebrate this significant, international festival in a city that is hungry for a distinctive music festival.

The final line-up for Indie Week Ireland, including all the unsigned acts, will be announced at the end of March. To stay up to date on the festival programme visit ireland.indieweek.com

******************NOTES TO THE EDITOR**************************************

Indie Week Ireland is managed by Darryl Hurs – Music Promoter and Producer Darryl Hurs manages Indie Week Canada, Indie Week Ireland, Reel Indie Film Fest, Indie 101 and is talent booker for renowned Toronto music venue Rivoli Backroom. Also a freelance graphic designer Hurs has spent the last 6 years working for the world’s largest music promoter Live Nation on projects for U2, Madonna, Jay-Z, Nickelback, Dave Matthews Band and companies such as House of Blues, Visa, Wal-Mart, Ticketmaster and Billboard Magazine.

The Limerick Independent Music Committee are Monica Spencer, Valerie Dolan, Eoin Coughlan and Eoin Devereux.

Monica Spencer – Monica Spencer has worked in the arts for over 25 years as a theatre producer, company manager and community arts facilitator.  She is a student in the MA in Festive Arts in the Irish World Academy at UL, an active member of PLAN, Professional Limerick Artists’ Network and Creative Communities Limerick.

Valerie Dolan – Valerie Dolan is a director of Dolans Limerick. Dolans have hosted top International and local bands in their prizewinning venues and this year they celebrate their 20th birthday anniversary. Dolans are also promoters for the “Live at the Big Top” series of concerts in Limerick’s Milk Market

Eoin Coughlan – Musician, composer and academic Corkonian Eoin Coughlan has been involved in the Irish music scene since the mid-nineties. Eoin brings his varied experience as a performer with the hugely successful group NOMOS and his years as a solo performer to the Limerick Independent Music Committee.

Eoin Devereux – Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University of Limerick Dr. Eoin Devereux is internationally recognised as an expert on media, media audiences and popular culture. He is the co-editor of Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities and is currently co-editing a major book of essays about David Bowie.

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