LIT music festival is the top Choice

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

CHOICE Music Prize nominees Windings are to headline a music showcase at the second LIT Music Festival.

CHOICE Music Prize nominees Windings are to headline a music showcase at the second LIT Music Festival.

The Limerick band will feature among an impressive collection of top local acts at the two day music event in LIT next week.

The free event, organised and run by staff and students of the music technology programmes in LIT, also boasts the presence of Irish singer songwriter Julie Feeney, who will give a songwriting and composing workshop on Wednesday, February 6 - the first day of the festival.

“It is really great to have Julie Feeney giving a workshop, it is a must attend event for anyone who is serious about writing songs and making music and we are very excited to host this event as part of the festival,” said Donagh O’Shea, programme lecturer on the music production programme.

Mr O’Shea said the aim of the festival, expanded since last year into a two day event, was to enhance the reputation of the music programmes in LIT and to deepen links between the college and the wider musical community in Limerick.

The event will kick off with a panel discussion featuring representatives from IMRO, IRMA and Universal Records who will discuss copyright issues and the state of the music industry.

The inaugural performance of Headliners, supported by Spin South West and aimed at promoting positive mental health, will also take place.

Spin put out a call for acts to get involved and programme director Nessa McGann said there was a “huge response”.

“We were overwhelmed with the response,” she said. “We narrowed it down to 12 acts who will perform with backing from the LIT house band, with all original material focusing on mental health issues.”

Popular local bands including dREA, Parliament Square, the Hipneck Blues Collective and Dead Red Light will join Windings at the music showcase on Thursday.

For more see www.lit.ie.