LIT music festival to widen links with music community in Limerick

Limerick Institute of Technology is gearing up to host its first ever campus music festival, the aim of which is to showcase the best of musical talent attending the college.

Limerick Institute of Technology is gearing up to host its first ever campus music festival, the aim of which is to showcase the best of musical talent attending the college.

The inaugural LIT Music Festival, organised and run by staff and students of the Music Technology programmes, will take place next week and feature a number of bands and DJs performing live, while industry panels will examine challenges facing the music business.

The free event - open to the public as well as LIT staff and students - will showcase the work of music technology students, with installations on display in the foyer of the Millennium theatre throughout the day.

As well as getting a chance to hear local up and coming talent, participants at the event will gain an insight into how the music industry works with a panel discussion on Music and Copyright by representatives from IMRO, IRMA, RAAP and others.

Organiser Donagh O’Shea, programme leader for the music production programme in LIT, explained that the May 3 event is aimed at focusing links between LIT and the wider musical community in Limerick.

“It’s a great chance for students to perform their work, listen to industry insiders and showcase their recorded albums,” he said. “We really wanted to emphasise the link between the LIT Music Production courses and the wider Limerick music community,” he added.

The festival will feature the LIT House Band performing Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist piece ‘In C’ as well as a set showcasing the talent of Sarah Thompson, winner of this year’s LITStar competition.

Robert Murphy - known as Spud - and Neev Kennedy will perform on the day, as will bands Ergot Fire, Leading Armies and Animal Beats and a number of different local DJs, who operate under the collective Macronite banner.

The event takes place on Thursday May 3 in LIT’s Millennium Theatre. See www.lit.ie for more.