INDIE WEEK IRELAND 2014 LAUNCHES CALL OUT FOR BANDS
Indie Week Ireland 2014, a celebration of independent bands and musicians, re-locates from Dublin, where it has been located for 3 years, to Limerick City. The combination of Limerick’s strong music scene and support from Limerick City of Culture 2014 have enticed the festival’s Canadian organisers to set this year’s Irish event in Limerick.
Taking place at the end of April, the festival programme will feature up to 30 bands spread across four top Limerick music venues; Dolans, Bourkes, Cobblestone Joes and The Blind Pig. One band 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.
Indie Week Ireland are launching a call out for independent bands who want the chance to prove their credentials on the international stage. Bands have until 15th March to apply online viawww.sonicbids.com or www.reverbnation.com The line-up will be selected by music executives at Indie Week Canada. A panel of judges, drawn from the Irish music industry will select the winning band.
Local band, and previous Indie Week Ireland winners, Leading Armies launched the search for new bands this weekend with a semi-acoustic gig at Limerick city music venue The Blind Pig.
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.”
For further information on how to apply for the Indie Week Ireland 2014 programme see ireland.indieweek.com or visit www.facebook.com/limerickindependentmusiccommittee
For further information contact Roisin Buckley 086 3887402 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Leading Armies are Glen Scully, Dave “Finch” Hinchy, Mike Hogan, Cein Daly-Bass, Conor Ryan, Noel Mooney. A 6 piece funk rock, reggae tinged vocal band from Limerick, Leading Armies are renowned for their incredibly high octane live shows and 6 part harmonies.
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.