INDIE WEEK IRELAND 2014 has chosen the 30 competition bands who will appear at the four day festival at the end of the month in Limerick City.

The festival programme combines a strong line-up of headline acts such as The Hot Sprockets and Leading Armies with 30 unsigned bands who will compete to perform at the Indie Week Ireland finals on the last day of the festival, and ultimately will be battling to win the grand prize of a trip to perform at Indie Week Canada later this year.

Over 100 bands applied to perform at Indie Week Ireland, a record number of applications in the festival’s six year history.

Audiences can expect to hear a wide range of genres including rock, electronic, pop, R&B, alternative, indie rock, folk, and funk. The bands are from all around Ireland, with musicians also selected from England and Canada. There is a strong Limerick representation with four of the selected bands coming from Limerick city. The decision to host the event in Limerick underscores the city’s growing reputation as a place where Indie music is nurtured.

Commenting on the selection process Indie Week Manager Darryl Hurs says:

We had two key aims when selecting bands to perform at the festival, we were looking for bands that would impress the judges on the night, but would also connect with audiences attending the festival. We were really impressed with the quality of the applications and the result is a really strong line-up of top class acts”.

Indie Week Ireland 2014 runs from 23rd – 26th April in four venues around Limerick City (Dolan’s, The Blind Pig, Cobblestone Joe’s and Bourke’s). Access-all-gigs tickets are available for €10 from www.dolans.ie. For full programme listings and event details see ireland.indieweek.com

Indie Week Ireland is organised by the Limerick Independent Music Committee and is supported by Limerick City of Culture 2014.

The competition bands selected for Indie Week Ireland are:

Raging Sons (Limerick)

MEDZ (Dublin)

Ashley Faith (England)

CUA (Portlaoise)

Steffan James (England)

Kai Exos (Canada)

Monday Villains (Limerick)

Fallings (Kerry)

Coquin Migale (England)

Going 90 (Limerick)

Dive (Limerick)

SINJAIN (Clare)

Stephanie Rainey (Cork)

Mojo GoGo (Donegal)

Callum Stewart (Northern Ireland)

Sinead White (Kildare)

Valentine Black (Kildare)

Siobhan O’Brien (Limerick)

Gary Keane (Cork)

KRB (Kilkenny)

She’s A Beauty (Dublin)

Audio Fires (Kilkenny)

The Landed (England)

Siomha Brock (Clare)

Corner Boy (Wexford)

Hurdles (Belfast)

******************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.

Indie Week Ireland 2014 is organized by The Limerick Independent Music Committee: 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 recognized 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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