Indie Week selects 30 bands for competition in Limerick

Monica Spencer, Eoin Devereux and Valerie Dolan of the organising committee behind Indie Week coming to Limerick. Picture: Alan Place.
MUSIC showcase festival Indie Week Ireland has unveiled a line-up of 30 competition bands to perform at the four day festival in Limerick.

MUSIC showcase festival Indie Week Ireland has unveiled a line-up of 30 competition bands to perform at the four day festival in Limerick.

Already boasting a strong raft of headliners, the City of Culture backed showcase, to take place in four venues in the city from April 23-26, has unveiled details of the unsigned bands battling it out for the chance to travel to Indie Week Canada.

Over 100 bands applied to perform at Indie Week Ireland, with the 30 selected including acts from Limerick such as Raging Sons, Monday Villains, Going 90, Dive and Siobhan O’Brien.

Acts from around Ireland, England and Canada have also been selected. The decision to host the event in Limerick underscores the city’s growing reputation as a place where Indie music is nurtured, Indie Week manager Darryl Hurs explained.

“We had two key aims when selecting bands to perform at the festival, we were looking for bands that would impress the judges on the night, but would also connect with audiences attending the festival,” he said.

“We were really impressed with the quality of the applications and the result is a really strong line-up of top class acts.”

Headliners include The Hot Sprockets and Limerick’s Leading Armies, dREA, FoxJaw, Protobaby and Parliament Square, while Canada’s Sumo Cyco and Dearly Beloved are also among an eclectic bill, as are Silent Noise Parade.

The showcase festival, which has had a long association with Limerick, first being staged here in 2008, will take place across four venues in the city from April 23-26 - Dolan’s, Bourke’s Bar, Cobblestone Joe’s and The Blind Pig.

The festival was secured by the voluntary Limerick Independent Music Committee, helped with funding from City of Culture.

Industry panels will also take place, to help “dispel the myths and dispense the facts” to those seeking an insight into the music industry world.

Access-all-gigs tickets are available for €10 from Dolan’s. For full programme listings and event details see Indie Week Ireland.