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Young bands will bloom at city's newest festival

A NEW music festival will rock the streets of Dublin next weekend.

youbloom@Dublin will see 100 up-and-coming acts from Ireland and abroad hit the stage at seven venues around Dublin's Dame Street area.

Boomtown Rats front man Bob Geldof thinks that it will be a great event for Dublin.

"youbloom@Dublin is an amazing opportunity for independent bands/artists and has the potential to become Dublin's South by SouthWest," he said.

Following in the footsteps of Hard Working Class Heroes and Camden Crawl Dublin to bring new bands to venues around the city, youbloom aims to showcase the best in 'brave new music'.

The Workman's Club, The Twisted Pepper, Speak Easy, Odessa, The Grand Social, The Mercantile and The Stags Head will play host the bands hoping to make a name for themselves.

There is also set to be a music conference, the youbloom Tradeshow, taking place for aspiring musicians on Saturday and Sunday in the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland on Stephen's Green.

Founder and CEO of youbloom Phil Harrington thinks the event will be a great opportunity for bands.

"youbloom is evolving into a cross between a grassroots Live Nation and a music industry LinkedIn," he said.

Tickets will be €15 per night or €35 for the weekend, with access to all venues included. Tickets for the Tradeshow will be €40 a day or €75 for the weekend.

But watch out in next week's Herald for the chance to win free passes.