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Monday 28 July 2014

Wanted: Irish bands ready for the international stage

Jason Kennedy

Published 29/01/2014|12:01

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Indie Week Ireland judges are on the hunt for fresh, independent bands who are ready to take their music to an international level.

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One band who takes part in the independent music festival will be selected by a panel of judges to represent Ireland during Indie Week Canada in October, where they will support the festival's headline act and have the chance to connect with industry professionals from North America.

Ireland's Indie week is on the move from Dublin to Limerick this year, as part of the city's role as Ireland's inaugural National City of Culture.

Indie Week, which was held in the capital for three years, will see around 30 bands perform in four big locations around the Treaty City. Bands have until March 15 to apply through either sonicbids.com or reverbnation.com. From those applications, 30 bands will perform during Limerick's Indie Week and one will be selected as winner.

A panel of judges, drawn from the Irish music industry will select the winning band. Limerick's strong music scene as well as massive support from Limerick City of Culture have enticed the festival's Canadian organisers to set this year's Irish event in Limerick, according the city of culture committee.

“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,” said city of culture committee member Monica Spencer.

The festival will take place from April 23 to April 26. More information can be found on ireland.indieweek.com.

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