A TOP line-up has been unveiled for the Indie Week Ireland showcase festival, taking place in Limerick in April.
Headliners The Hot Sprockets are joined by Limerick’s Leading Armies, dREA, FoxJaw, Protobaby, Parliament Square, while Canada’s Sumo Cyco and Dearly Beloved are also among an eclectic bill, as are Silent Noise Parade.
The Canadian-run Indie Week, which has had a long association with Limerick, will take place across four venues in the city from April 23-26 - Dolan’s, Bourke’s, Cobblestone Joe’s and The Blind Pig.
The music showcase festival, based in Toronto, is taking place in Limerick rather than Dublin for City of Culture and director Darryl Hurs promised “a music festival like no other”.
“We celebrate talented emerging artists from different countries and give them a chance to win a showcase in a foreign market in front of music industry reps,” he explained, noting that an industry panel discussion, taking place in Dolan’s Warehouse, will feature promoters, musicians, music journalists and academics.
Local acts Vesta Varro, Walter Mitty and the Realists and Leading Armies have all travelled to Canada to play at the music showcase, while the first ever shows to take place outside Canada featured a Limerick date in Dolan’s Warehouse in 2008.
The festival was secured by the voluntary Limerick Independent Music Committee, helped with funding from City of Culture.
Eoin Devereux of the organising committee explained that the industry panel would “dispel the myths and dispense the facts” prevalent in the business.
“This is the perfect place for young bands to learn how the global music industry works,” he explained.
The panel discussion is open to anyone with an interest in the national and international music industry. There is no entry fee for this event.