There was some good news for music fans last week when it was announced that Indie Week Ireland 2014, a celebration of independent bands and musicians, will take place in Limerick from April 23-26.
After three years in Dublin, the Irish leg of the top Canadian music festival will feature up to 30 bands spread across four of Limerick’s most popular music venues: Dolans, Bourke’s Bar, Cobblestone Joes and The Blind Pig. The strong local music scene, combined with support from Limerick City of Culture 2014, swung it for the Treaty City.
Indie Week Ireland is inviting independent bands from all around the country to throw their hats into the ring. One band will be selected by a panel of judges to win the top prize of flights and accommodation for Indie Week Canada in October 2014, where they will support the festival’s headline act and have the chance to connect with industry professionals from North America.
Bands have until March 15 to apply online via www.sonicbids.com or www.reverbnation.com and the line-up will be selected by music executives at Indie Week Canada. A panel of judges, drawn from the Irish music industry, will select the winning band.
It should be a cracking few days of music and fingers crossed, some local talent will win the competition again.
Limerick Independent Music Committee, a local voluntary group, will run the event. Committee member, Monica Spencer, said: “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.”
For further information on how to apply for the Indie Week Ireland 2014 programme see ireland.indieweek.com, www.facebook.com/limerickindependentmusiccommittee or www.facebook.com/indieweekireland.