THE committee that has secured the staging of Indie Week Ireland 2014 in Limerick believe the festival can be a “starting point” in developing the city as one that is “globally recognised for indie music”.
The Canadian-run Indie Week - a music showcase festival based in Toronto - will host this year’s Irish event in Limerick, rather than Dublin, where it has been held for the past three years, as part of City of Culture.
Indie Week has a long association with the city, with several bands making the trip over to perform in Toronto, while the first ever shows to take place outside Canada featured a Limerick date in Dolan’s Warehouse in 2008.
That exchange is to continue with Indie Week to take place across four city venues - Dolan’s, Bourke’s, Cobblestone Joe’s and The Blind Pig - from April 23-26.
It will feature 30 bands playing across the four venues, with the chance to win a trip to Canada the prize on offer for one lucky group.
“We need to re-imagine Limerick as a place where we could grow and build on its existing indie music scene,” explained Eoin Devereux, a member of the voluntary Limerick Independent Music Committee along with Monica Spencer, Valerie Dolan and Eoin Coughlan, who secured Indie Week, helped with funding from City of Culture.
“Indie Week Ireland 2014 can be the starting point for developing the city as a place that is globally recognised for indie music.
“When people talk about regeneration of cities and the role of culture in bringing that about, they often forget that the most interesting culture comes from the underground, from below. Building a long term event based on indie and rock music is one of our overall goals.”
Independent bands seeking to “prove their credentials on the international stage” are invited to apply before the March 15 deadline.
The final line-up will be selected by Indie Week, while the winning Irish band will receive flights and accommodation to attend the Toronto showcase.
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