Wednesday 20 March 2019

Global industry leaders set to address Music Cork 2019 event

Exciting programme of talks and gigs lined up for music symposium

Bill Browne

For the third year in succession some of the most influential movers and shakers in the global music industry have been lined up to take part in the Music Cork symposium at venues across the city in May.

The event, which will run for three days from Wednesday, May 1, will once again create a platform for people to meet leading industry professionals, hear them speak about their work and experiences and take in showcase performances by a host of talented performers. 

Music Cork will also offer people the opportunity for people to network with speakers and fellow delegates over the three days of intimate social gatherings. 

As in previous years it will kick-off with the welcome return of the Music Cork 'Pub Trail', which will take delegates on a whistle-stop tour of local establishments before heading to the newly revamped Cyprus Avenue for the first of two nightly showcase gigs. 

Day two will see the focus turn to the business end of things with a series of key note presentations delivered by a veritable 'who's who' of respected music insiders, including  Sarah Desmond, senior VP of Marketing & Partnerships at Universal Music Group, who will discuss industry trends and innovations. 

Other speakers already announced include agents Lucy Dickens (Mumford & Sons, Adele, James Blake) & James Whitting (Imagine Dragons, Ellie Goulding, Robyn & Maggie Rogers), Cesar Andion, PR & Talent at Live Nation Spain and music supervisor Catherine Grieves who has worked on shows for HBO, Channel 4 and Netflix. 

Other speakers include Danny O'Reilly (The Coronas), American music lawyer Lisa Lester and composer Louize Carroll (The Blizzards), with more to be announced over the coming weeks. 

These will be followed be followed by a carefully curated music trail across s city venues and the second showcase gig at a venue yet to be announced. 

While the line-up of artists set to perform across the three-days have yet to be unveiled, organisers have promised it will feature the best of breaking Irish music. 

Music Cork 2019 will draw to a close with the 'Bacon and Bloody Mary' networking brunch for delegates at Goldbergs Bar and Restaurant. 

One of the team behind music Cork, Indiependence Music and Arts Festival co-founder Shane Dunne, said they were delighted that Cork would once again be hosting the event. 

"Delegates will have the opportunity to meet and network with music industry figures from Ireland and abroad, hear about and discuss industry trends and innovations, benefit from years of experience and knowledge while enjoying a relaxed three days around the vibrant streets of Cork," said Shane. He said the music showcases would combine the newest talent and some of the great new acts emerging onto the Irish scene. 

"The feedback over past two years from the delegates and showcasing acts has been hugely positive, people are seeing a real benefit out of coming to Music Cork. We have to thank our sponsors, without whom we wouldn't be able to run Music Cork so affordably and offer so much over the three days for attendees," said Shane. 

For more information about Music Cork 2019 and to buy 'early bird' (which will ensure delegates access to all events) priced at €109, visit