'Disneyland for music fans' comes to RDS
'Hot Press' show promises a bonanza of Irish talent this year, writes Claire Dalton
Described as "Disneyland for music fans, but better" -- the RDS in Dublin plays host to the Hot Press Music Show next weekend, featuring many of Irish music's most celebrated names.
Listed to appear are: former Boomtown Rat and humanitarian Bob Geldof; X Factor judge Louis Walsh; U2 producer Steve Lillywhite; journalist and music critic for The Daily Telegraph Neil McCormick; and renowned Irish songwriter Paul Brady.
The show was launched earlier this month by Dubliner Imelda May, who said she "couldn't recommend it highly enough" to anybody who was interested in pursuing music as a career.
It is presented by Hot Press in association with 2fm and runs next Saturday and Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Workshops and master classes with drummers, DJs, guitarists, and producers all catered for in the Green Room area.
Last year's show attracted 12,000 visitors and already confirmed for the live stage are Sharon Corr, Damien Dempsey, Cathy Davey, The Cast of Cheers, Fight Like Apes, Codes, Republic Of Loose, and Mick Flannery.
Philomena Lynott, the mother of legendary Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, will be opening the main exhibition of her son's memorabilia on Saturday, with a meet and greet for fans of the man known as 'Philo'.
The exhibition will showcase Lynott's collection of bass guitars, clothing and various portraits and clippings on the man himself from the Hot Press archives.