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Come join the fans next weekend as the RDS hosts the country's biggest music show, writes Liam Collins THE LIVE STAGE SUNDAY October 4 THE LIVE STAGE

Imelda May will be attending the Music Show at the RDS Dublin, 3rd & 4th October. Photo: Getty Images
Imelda May will be attending the Music Show at the RDS Dublin, 3rd & 4th October. Photo: Getty Images

It's the biggest music show ever staged in this country. Fans of rock, pop and folk are in for a real treat with a bewildering array of live music, seminars, workshops, exhibitions and discussions at The Music Show, which takes place in the RDS, Dublin, next weekend, October 3 and 4. The Rory Gallagher Exhibition has now been added to the extensive line-up.

The Music Show includes bands such as The Blizzards, Imelda May and The Coronas playing live, plus a series of interviews with, among others, Christy Moore, Johnny Fean of Horslips and Keith Duffy, as well as panel discussions and music-themed exhibitions. The Music Show is presented by Hot Press in association with the Sunday Independent, the Irish Independent and RTE's 2fm.

A series of panel discussions will include luminaries such as Nicky Ryan, who helped invent the Enya phenomenon; James Morris, founder of the famous Windmill Lane recording studios where U2 made their early recordings; rock accountant Ossie Kilkenny; film director Jim Sheridan, and many more.

Mick Sheehan of The Script said The Music Show gave an opportunity for insiders and fans to meet the people who matter in the industry.

"Whether it's writers or producers -- pretty much anyone who has success in this game -- you get to quiz them and talk to them," he said.

The Music Show in association with the Sunday Independent costs €12 per ticket for one day or €16 for the weekend, with family tickets for two adults and up to four children from €28 to €36.

The full line-up for The Music Show is as follows:

SEMINARS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

12pm THERE IS A FUTURE FOR MUSIC

What it says on the tin. The official opening panel will explore the emerging opportunities for musicians, bands, managers and other key industry players, in an era of unprecedented and accelerating change.

GEMMA HAYES, right; NOEL HOGAN (music producer & The Cranberries); NOEL McHALE (MCD); JAMES HYLAND (manager & Ringtones guru)

1pm WHERE MUSIC MEETS PICTURES

How do directors see the role of music in movies? Is it important from a creative perspective? A commercial one? A session on music in movies, placement of songs on soundtracks and how the parts of the jigsaw really fit together.

JIM SHERIDAN (director, My Left Foot, In America); JOHN CARNEY (director, Once); NICK ANGEL (music supervisor, Atonement, About a Boy); STEPHEN RENNICKS (composer, Garage)

2pm THE GREAT DEBATE: IS ILLEGAL FILE-SHARING REALLY KILLING MUSIC?

And, if so, what can be done to deal with it? Is the "three strikes" rule agreed between the Irish Recorded Music Association and Eircom the only way forward, or is it using a sledgehammer to smash a nut -- as critics contend? The debate that is dividing music will be hot!

JOHN KENNEDY (CEO IFPI); SHANE O'NEILL (Snr VP, Liberty Global); BILL WHELAN (Composer, Riverdance); BP FALLON (rock'n'roll vibe man)

3pm HAS IRISH MUSIC LOST ITS SOUL?

Did Ireland lose its way with the Celtic Tiger? Get sucked into a consumerist bubble? And did the music also lose it? Were the protest singers silenced by the sounds of the tills ringing? Or is music still an urgent force, in a society in turmoil?

PHILIP KING (director, Bringing It All Back Home); LUKA BLOOM (artist & songwriter); STEPHEN SHANNON (producer & member, Halfset); JOHN REYNOLDS (music producer & manager)

4pm SONGWRITING: IS IT JUST ANOTHER BUSINESS, THEN?

Songs, they say, will always be vital. But is it important for writers to aspire to creating art? Must it come from the heart? Is collaboration creatively compromising, or the ultimate liberation? And how important really are those royalty cheques?

JIM KERR (Simple Minds); PAUL BRADY, left, (artist & songwriter); RUTH-ANNE CUNNINGHAM (artist & songwriter); MAY KAY (Fight Like Apes)

MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC INTERVIEWS

1pm IRISH YOUTH MUSIC AWARDS

Presentation and performance featuring the winning band of the Irish Youth Music Awards.

2pm GUITAR WORKSHOP

3pm DRUM MASTERCLASS with CONOR GUILFOYLE

4pm RECORDING WORKSHOP

5pm PUBLIC INTERVIEW 1: HAVE GUITAR, WILL TRAVEL

A Conversation about Life, Work and Music with GLEN HANSARD, right

12.30pm COMPETITION

WINNER

1pm BIPOLAR EMPIRE

2pm THE CORONAS

3pm THE CHAPTERS,

pictured left

4pm IMELDA MAY

5pm DIRECTOR

SEMINARS & PANEL DISCUSSIONS

12pm THE ARTS UNDER ATTACK: A RESPONSE

An Bord Snip Nua has recommended huge cuts in the budgets allocated to all of the arts organisations. So how important are the arts to a country like Ireland? How will musicians, film-makers and creative workers be affected if the knife is applied?

JAMES MORRIS (Irish Film Board); BARRY DEVLIN (film-maker & member Horslips); CAMILLE O'SULLIVAN (artist)

1pm SERVANT OR MASTER? RECORD PRODUCERS NEED TO KNOW THEIR PLACE ...

Some producers have a trademark sound. Others are like ghosts in the machine, imposing as little as they can. And there are maestros of the mixing desk whose critical instincts make all the difference. What is the key to making great records?

DAVID ARNOLD (producer & James Bond composer); NICKY RYAN (producer, Enya); GARETH MANNIX (producer, Republic of Loose); ROGER BECHIRIAN (producer, Elvis Costello, & manager, Bell X1)

2pm RECORD COMPANIES STILL HAVE THE BEST TALENT SCOUTS! DISCUSS

In a changing world, what is the role of A&R and labels? Are bands and artists best served by established modes of discovering talent? What are labels looking for? And what are the differences between majors and indies, and going it alone?

OSSIE KILKENNY (financial adviser & industry expert); NICK SEYMOUR (member, Crowded House, & producer); CONOR O'MAHONY (A&R, Warner Music UK); ANDREW FERRIS (Smalltown America Records)

3pm BROADCASTING: IT'S ALL IN THE MUSIC

Radio stations are defined by the music they play. Music also gives identity to programmes on TV. But how are playlists chosen? Is there scope for individual choice in some stations and not in others? And are Irish artists given a fair shake?

DERMOT McEVOY (music associate, The Late Late Show); HECTOR O HEOCHAGAIN, left (radio & TV film-maker); RICK O'SHEA (DJ, RTE 2FM); TONY FENTON (DJ, Today FM)

4pm ENCORE: A GREAT LIVE ACT WILL SURVIVE ANY RECESSION!

Record sales may be in decline, but there is still money to be made touring. So what is it that makes a great live act? How important is it to put on a show? What are agents and promoters looking for? And is live music the answer to the industry's ills?

VINCE POWER (venue owner & festival promoter); STEVE STRANGE (agent, X-Ray Touring); STEVE IREDALE (tour production, Led Zeppelin, U2); RSAG (artist, producer & performer)

MASTERCLASSES, WORKSHOPS & PUBLIC INTERVIEWS

1pm DRUM CLINIC

2pm BASS WORKSHOP with KEITH DUFFY (leading Irish bass player)

3pm GUITAR MASTERCLASS with guitar legend JOHNNY FEAN, right (Horslips)

4pm Public Interview 2: IS IT FOLK, IS IT ART, OR IS IT ROCK 'N' ROLL? A Conversation about Songs with CHRISTY MOORE

5.30pm DJ WORKSHOP

12.30pm THE BRILLIANT THINGS

1pm VENGEANCE AND THE PANTHER QUEEN

1.30pm DELORENTOS

2.30pm VILLAGERS

3.30pm DAVID KITT (right)

4.30pm REPUBLIC OF LOOSE

5.30pm THE BLIZZARDS

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