The Rubberbandits conquer all ahead of Limerick gig

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

THE RUBBERBANDITS are literally conquering the world, returning this Monday from a week in New York that included two sell out live shows and a stint filming a “guide to New York City” for MTV.

THE RUBBERBANDITS are literally conquering the world, returning this Monday from a week in New York that included two sell out live shows and a stint filming a “guide to New York City” for MTV.

The duo, who have been booked to play at the Reading/Leeds festivals this summer, have also been booked to headline the Pig and Porter Tag Rugby Festival in Old Crescent in July, the Limerick Chronicle can exclusively reveal - a gig that is set to be their biggest Limerick show to date.

Over 1,500 ‘Bandits fans are expected to attend the marquee gig on July 15, which will officially kick off the Pig and Porter festival.

A source close to the band said that the concert would be “in aid of the charity reachout.com”, which provides youths with support to overcome mental health issues like stress, bullying and suicide.

But last week, while Barack Obama was in Dublin, Limerick’s finest rappers - who perform while protecting their identities by wearing plastic bags over their heads - were in New York filming a pilot show for MTV, larking around Times Square and Jersey Shore for the week long shoot.

“It started in January when MTV came over to Ireland to interview us when ‘Horse Outside’ took off. We heard back they got a really good reaction from viewers to the feature they did with us. Next thing they wanted to do a pilot called The Rubberbandits’ Guide To New York,” said the Bandits this week, who also revealed that a book and debut album are set for release before the end of the year, with the latter set for an October release, after a string of festival dates this summer.

The ‘Bandits week in New York took in two sold out gigs, the first at the Dominion Theatre in the East Village, a gig that MTV also filmed, and the second at Kenny’s Castways, where the New York Dolls did their first residency. The Bandits’ management revealed that the duo will be “back out there for an extensive tour later in the year”.

The MTV pilot is expected to be shown later this summer.