Searchlight Development Deal 2015 seeks new up and coming bands

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searchlightSound Training College, Musicmaker and Temple Lane Studios are offering up and coming bands, a 5 month development deal, offering them a chance to record in top of the range studios, with first class equipment provided by Musicmaker and the opportunity to work with industry professionals, with the whole thing culminating in a professional gig at the Button Factory which sold out last year.

Applications are accepted from bands until this Friday (Oct 3rd), after which 4 bands will be selected to take part in the deal.

Bands interested in applying should send music links & bio to


The Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014 Album Shortlist announced

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Twelve albums therapyhave been shortlisted for the Northern Ireland Music Prize 2014. The winner will be announced at a special awards night at the Mandela Hall, November 15. More than 70 people were contacted from the NI music industry and music media. This resulted in the following shortlist:

Alana Henderson – Windfall
Ed Zealous – Wired
Little Matador – Little Matador
Malibu Shark Attack – Malibu Shark Attack
Mojo Fury – The Difference Between
More Than Conquerors – Everything I’ve Learnt
Rams Pocket Radio – Béton
Robyn G Shiels – The Blood Of The Innocents
Slomatics – Estron
Sullivan and Gold – For Foes
VerseChorusVerse – VerseChorusVerse
Wonder Villains – Rocky

Foy Vance was the winner of the NI Music Prize in 2013. He was “gobsmacked” that his ‘Joy Of Nothing’ album was highlighted by the voting academy last November. He added: “what I love about it is it’s shedding a light on Northern Irish music. And the more people who know about that, the better.”

The NI Music Prize event is being supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The event will be the finale of the Sound of Belfast, programme, November 7-15.

The NI Music Prize will end with a special presentation to the band Therapy?, who formed in 1989. They will be presented with an Oh Yeah Legend Award for their ground-breaking achievements. The band will then perform their 1994 ‘Troublegum’ album, which sold over a million copies and was shortlisted for a Mercury Prize.

A series of shortlisted acts will also perform during the NI Music Prize.

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UFPI Management looking to form new boyband

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UFPIFinal auditions calls for a new boyband being formed by UFPI Management which includes TMI Entertainment.

If you are interested in being part of a new boyband and are aged between 18 and 24 then please forward a headshot and demo to Closing date for applications is Monday 13th of October 2014. Auditions will be held in Dublin on Saturday 18th of October 2014.

United Film Productions International (UFPI) is a leading entertainment management company which represents a large number of clients internationallly accross the motion picture, television, animation, music, theatre and publishing entertainment industry from its principle offices based in Dublin, Ireland.

No telephone calls in relation. Serious enquires only. Thank you.


Red Bull Music Academy Weekender starts today

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The Cathedral rbmawQuarter in Belfast will host four days of concerts, club nights, lectures, film screenings, a record fair, street art across the city and a photo exhibition for the first edition of the RBMA Weekender Belfast this September between 25th and 28th September 2014.

Nils Frahm, SKREAM, Terri Hooley, Greg Wilson, Ashley Beedle, Chez Damier, Ryan Vail, The Juan McLean, Timmy Stewart and Twitch represent some of the most cutting edge artists and will be among other genre defying musicians who will perform at the inaugural Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) Weekender in Belfast.  Tickets for all live shows are now available to purchase at and usual outlets nationwide.


Highlights of the RBMA Weekender will see contemporary pianist, Nils Frahm join the unique sounding Derry based, Ryan Vail in one of Belfast’s most iconic locations, City Hall.

One of the fathers of the Belfast punk movement, Terri Hooley will share a stage with fellow Belfast native, Noel Watson, a DJ best known for being one of the first to play house music in London. They will be joined by one of UK’s most celebrated house producers, remixer and DJ, Ashley Beedle and music pioneer, Greg Wilson in Aether & Echo (A&E) on the Saturday of the RBMA Weekender.

The Limelight will host one of the most prominent producers, SKREAM, house and techno stalwart Paul Woolford, who will perform under his alias Special Request and Chez Damier, a man who has mixed with the best and who will bring his classic sound of New York garage to music fans in Belfast.

The festival will kick off with the expertly assembled dance music of The Juan MacLean who will be joined on stage by Red Bull Music Academy alumni and Belfast DJ Timmy Stewart and various DJs from the hugely successful club night, Twitch.  To close the weekend, 21 Social will play host to the astonishing Space Dimension Controller.  The evening will be rounded off by local scene stalwart Barry Lynn in his Boxcutter guise, promising a tasty fusion of dubstep and IDM.


Sound Training Online has it’s official launch

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Harry Crosbie and Grammy Award winning producer Pat Mc Carthy launched Irelands first online music college ‘Sound Training Online’, based in the Temple Bar Music Centre.

Harry Crosbie said, “Ireland has great culture of musicianship, with some of the greatest bands and musicians the world has ever seen stemming from our island. The Sound Training College, and Sound Training Online, plan on being at the forefront of education for the next generation to come.”

Sound Training Online is Irelands first online music college and allows students from anywhere in the world to access the highly renowned skill set in teaching that is offered by Sound Training College. The college has received assistance from Enterprise Ireland for being a high potential start-up company and they have also been selected to  showcase at the Web Summit 2014.


Dublin’s iconic Academy venue is set to re-open under new management

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Dublin’s iconic the academyAcademy venue is set to re-open under new management following an extensive renovation programme. The New Academy will be a contemporary performance space that draws influence from the Victorian music hall style. It will equally lend itself to the live music offering the venue is widely regarded for, and a new type of club night to be launched in the coming months.

The new operators aim to improve the customer experience in the venue, with all elements of the refurbishment being geared towards enhanced live music & club events.

The refurbishment will also include all new high specification state of the art lighting and upgraded sound, with a focus on showcasing world class musical talent in the best possible light.

The first phase of The New Academy begins on Friday September 19th, with a guest appearance from Detroit house DJ Seth Troxler.

The new operators are the team behind Belfast’s historic Limelight venues, Belfast’s annual Belsonic contemporary music festival, and Shine, one of the UK’s longest running underground dance music brands.

The Academy is synonymous with live & club events in Dublin, having hosted acts including Prince, David Bowie, Mumford & Sons, David Guetta, The Script & Macklemore. Upcoming events include Royal Blood, Vance Joy & Mastodon.

You can follow the Academy on Facebook and Twitter.


IMRO Launches New Awards Scheme For Irish Businesses

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Roz Purcell and Paddy McKenna bring music to the workplace, IMRO launches the "Tune-Up Your Business Award"

Photography by Ruth Medjber / Ruthless Imagery

Tune-Up Your Business Award is a new award designed to encourage Irish businesses to tap into the commercial benefits of providing music for their customers and employees.

Have you ever thought about offering music for your customers or staff members but were unsure of where to start?  Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade the music equipment that you are currently using? The IMRO Tune-Up Your Business Award could be for you.

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the organisation that represents over 10,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers is giving Irish businesses the opportunity to improve the music facilities in their premises.

There is a prize fund of €4,000 up for grabs, to spend exclusively on music equipment in your premises.

The Awards programme is open to those currently using music and also for businesses planning to introduce music into their premises in the near future.

“No matter what industry you´re in, everyone agrees that putting your customer at the heart of your business and providing good customer service is a top priority. Whether you operate a hotel, restaurant, bar, hairdressing salon or supermarket, part of this service is about providing customers with music to enhance their experience” – stated Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO at the launch of the Awards today.

Businesses can enter simply by telling us how they would enhance and develop the music in their business if they won the prize fund by completing an online application form at:

The closing date for entries is 7th November 2014.

There is a growing level of research to demonstrate the positive impact that music plays in commercial settings. A recent survey[1] found that 66% of employees surveyed believed that background music made them feel better and more motivated at work.  With improved motivation often comes greater productivity.  A similar study[2] found that 84% of shoppers like shops that play in-store music and of that percentage 23% claim they would be prepared to pay 5% more for goods if music was being played.




Belfast to get Creative with musical ‘Output’

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Belfast City Council rprnext month is hosting Northern Ireland’s largest ever one day music conference.

‘Creative Belfast presents ‘Output’ – which takes place in the MAC and the Oh Yeah Centre on Thursday October 16 – will be attended by around 350 artists, businesses and creative students, and will address the challenges and opportunities that the music industry presents, highlighting the key role that music and performance plays within Northern Ireland’s buoyant creative industries sector.

Organised in partnership with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Invest NI music industry development programme Generator NI, the Output conference will include panel discussions, music sessions, workshops and speed networking events as well as keynote speeches from Grammy and Brit award-winning musicians and managers of globally recognised talent.

The economic and cultural contribution and potential of the creative industries is widely acknowledged,” commented Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of the council’s Development Committee.

The council’s ongoing support for creative and digital industries includes support for those working in the fields of film, music, digital media and design to achieve their true economic and creative potential.  This unique one day event is designed to provide a high quality, internationally recognised conference and showcasing event that will  help to underpin and accelerate the development of skills, networks and market opportunities for artists and businesses in Belfast’s burgeoning music industry sector,” she added.

Speakers at the Output conference will include Andrea Madden, music supervisor on Made in Chelsea; Hugh Platt, deputy editor of Thrash Hits magazine; Tom Robinson from BBC 6 Music; artist, performer and motivational speaker Andrew WK; ‘The X Factor’ finalist, Janet Devlin;  BBC Young Folk Musician Of The Year Aidan O’Rourke; composer and cellist Peter Gregson and Niall Byrne of leading music blog Nialler 9.  Organisations and companies taking part in the conference programme include PRS, Polar Patrol Publishing, Sentric Music, PPL, MCPS, IMRO, Liverpool Sound City, The Great Escape, MCD Promotions, Body and Soul, Norwich Sound and Vision, Go North, SESAC, Raygun, The Thin Air and Wicksteed Works, Independence Festival and Facebook.

In the evening there will be a range of free musical showcases in venues across the Cathedral Quarter.  These showcases will give the media and industry delegates – as well as local music lovers – the opportunity to see and hear the best emerging performing talents in many genres.  Details of artists and venues will be announced at the end of September 2014.

For the full industry programme or to register, go to

‘Creative Belfast presents Output’ is one of several exciting music initiatives taking place in Belfast this autumn, including the Red Bull Music Academy from September 25-28, the Big Music Project on October 18, and ‘Sounds Of Belfast’, including the annual NI Music Prize, organised by the Oh Yeah Centre from November 12-15.


New online music service ‘Grapevyne’ seeks testers

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grapevyneMake sure your music is heard through the Grapevyne!

Grapevyne is gamifying how people discover, engage and share music. It is changing how people consume, listen and interact with their new found favourite artists.

We have built a fantasy band manager world that offers music lovers the chance to experience the fun and cool world of the music industry.


Coughlans Live Music Festival announce the final additions

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Coughlans Live Music Festival announced the final additions to the festival line-up this week with a stellar bill of acts descending on the rebel county later this month.

Straight from a phenomenal performance at Electric Picnic, the brilliant Booka Brass Band (all 8 of them!) make their Coughlan’s debut later this month. Since their first sold out Dublin show, where they collaborated with Jerry Fish and Lisa Hannigan, the band have been all over Ireland and beyond, with shows at Glastonbury, Body & Soul, Barn Dance, opening for Imelda May and a special invite by The President to play in Áras an Uachtaráin.

For a man with such personal understatement, Adrian Crowley is an artist of considerable ambition. The Dublin songwriter prepares to release his new record ‘Some Blue Morning’ this November, the follow-up to the Choice Music Prize nominated ‘I See Three Birds Flying’.

Kilkenny man Jeremy Hickey aka RSAG plays a rare intimate gig at this year’s festival. It’s been a jam packed year for the multi instrumentalist, having just made his 7th Electric Picnic appearance, collaborating with Grammy award winning artist Xavier de Rosnay of Justice and finding the time to release new material, while working on the eagerly awaited 3rd album. If that doesn’t make your head spin then check out his live set! The drums are louder, the beats are faster and the energy is at a dangerously new level.

With a third album due for release later this year, the stunning Katie Kim takes time out from recording her new record to join the festival bill. The Dublin based ambient folk / pop singer has released two studio albums: Twelve (2008) and Cover & Flood (2012), on Flaming June Records. The Waterford native has scored an original soundtrack for the 1928 surrealist Germain Dulac film, “La Coquille et Le Clergyman”, commissioned by The Cork French Film Festival. The original score will be released later this year as part of a multi media package. In recent years, she has also worked with artists such as Ed Harcourt, David Kitt, Halves and The Waterboys.

After a chance pairing on an Irish TV show, Fran King & Pete Fagan formed The Edisons. Both singer songwriters with diverse talents, an an impressive body of acclaimed individual material. During recording in late 2011, their debut record “Little Bohemia” came to life.

Cork based singer-songwriter, Clare Sands performs in a variety of genres, her own material being a mixture of blues & folk. Clare first picked up a fiddle at the age of four, learning tunes off her Father Seamus on a weekly basis. Along with playing Traditional Irish music from an early age, Clare also trained classically on the violin.


Mick Flannery / Wallis Bird / Jerry Fish / Anna Mitchell (EP launch) / I Draw Slow /  Hank Wedel (single launch) / Malojian / The Hot Sprockets / John Blek & the Rats / Clare Sands / The Edisons / RSAG/ Silent Disco / Adrian Crowley / Katie Kim / Joe’ O’ Leary (FRED)

2013 IMRO music venue of the year
2013 Hotpress commendation for best venue in Ireland