AVA Festival announce additional conference programming

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AVA Festival1544336_1404770066485057_2680210722700775682_n, in association with Generator NI have announced today that Romain Tardy, ‘Patchblocks’ AKA Sebastian Heinz, Jesse Abayomi and Dave Lievense have been added to the free daytime conference, along with the ‘Howard Street Food’ debut at AVA Festival at T13 in the Titanic Quarter on Saturday 30th May.

Festival organisers are pleased to add the additional names to an already stellar line-up at the free conference, which runs from 10:30 – 15:45 as part of the overall AVA Festival. This year’s festival also offers an eclectic line-up of electronic artists performing, the NI debut of Boiler Room, an inspiring Street Food Market, Record Fair, Skatepark Expose and much much more!

Romain Tardy, ‘One of the worlds best audio visual mappers’ (CNN), will host a talk and exhibit his work during the AVA Conference. Romain Tardy, born originally in Paris, is a visual artists focusing primarily in digital arts. His extensive experience led him to create the now highly established and accomplished visual label ‘AntiVJ’ in 2008 that formed the base of his research and work on projected light. His work has been exhibited in more that 15 countries across the world. AVA is incredibly excited to host his first visit to Northern Ireland and host an exciting presentation and talk about his work to date.

Patchblocks’ AKA Sebastian Heinz will host an interactive live demo of his programmable sound machines as a table full of mini synthesisers, allowing visitors to explore the world of sound synthesis. He developed this as part of his research at SARC in Belfast, focusing on the development of technology that blends the border between physical and digital worlds. Since Patchblocks’ first appeared on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the product has gained interest from musicians, educators and sound geeks across the globe.

Jesse Abayomi AKA Abayomi is a DJ/producer who uprooted his London residence and settled down in Berlin to be an integral part of the avant-garde of the electronic music scene. Being an Ableton consultant, DJ and producer, his deep knowledge and understanding of sounds and rhythms are strongly reflected in his music. Abayomi will join Gavin Timlin & Ben Breslin (Ableton User Group Belfast) to host two demonstration sessions exploring Ableton’s newest and most versatile music creation tool – Push. Each session will start with some practical fundamentals followed by a creative demonstration along with a QA session to close. This will run alongside the Ableton Push Playground – a drop-in music lab where you can get hands-on with Ableton Live 9 and Push.

Dave Lievense, owner of Mass Motion Studios, will be joining his Psycatron partner Paul Hamil (Inflyte) along with Bicep and Timmy Stewart at the AVA Conference to host a talk specifically focusing on the Next generation of electronic music production. This heavy-weight panel of electronic producers will delve into the production, approach, the process and techniques along with the hardware and software that they use.


The School of Communications at DCU is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for up to five PhD Scholarships

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The School of Communications at DCU is one of the top Communications departments in Europe. It is a vibrant, outward-looking department that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. It’s staff are committed to producing cutting-edge research across a range of (inter)disciplinary fields including (new) media studies, social media studies, journalism studies, film studies, television studies, political communication and cultural studies. In the past five years, they have supported over 30 doctoral students to achieve PhD awards through this scheme.

The School now has an opening for up to five funded PhD scholarships. As well as a generous tax-free stipend plus fees, they also support their students with funding for conference travel and research and give PhD students opportunities to teach courses. Candidates would normally have a degree in Journalism, Communications, Film Studies, Media Studies, Gender Studies, Political Science, Multimedia, Business, Economics or some other related cognate area.

Work that brings more coherence to current research paradigms is particularly welcomed but the Scholarships are open to those working in a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches. They also welcome applicants wishing to pursue practice-based / practice-led PhDs.

Potential candidates should provide a 2,000 word application, detailing your research proposal and how it aligns with the research-strategic objectives of the School of Communications, as well as a CV detailing academic qualifications and professional experience to date. Ideally, candidates will have consulted with a potential supervisor before applying.

Deadline for application: 1st May 2015

Inquiries and applications to: and


Unsigned Only Entry Deadline Approaching

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Unsigned OnlyUnsigned Only is a unique international music competition designed for solo artists, bands, and singers who are not signed to a major label record company. Unsigned Only is currently seeking outstanding, talented artists – newcomers or veterans. The competition is open to both original and cover songs in all categories except the newly-added Screen Shot category.

Judged by a roster of celebrity notables, prizes include merchandise plus $10,000 cash to the overall Grand Prize winner and $1,000 to the First Place winner in each category. Prizes will also be awarded to Second Place winners in each category. Additionally, the Grand Prize winner will receive one-on-one mentoring from a group of upper echelon music industry executives, ranging from label presidents to heads of A&R.

Due to the huge success of last year’s Screen Shot promotion, Unsigned Only has added Screen Shot as a category in the competition. Music placement in TV, film, video games and advertising has become an increasingly significant revenue source for musicians. Not only can it be a huge boost for an unsigned artist’s career in terms of increasing exposure to a mainstream audience, but it can also increase revenue through upfront money, license fees and performance royalties. All finalists in this category will have their music judged by a group of music execs who are specifically looking for music to place in various projects. Additionally, the First Place winner will have the opportunity to directly network with and get advice from a minimum of five of the Screen Shot judges. Last year’s Screen Shot winner, The Bicycle Mob, have already scored placements as a result of winning Screen Shot.

The deadline for entries to this year’s Unsigned Only is 30th April. For further information and entry details see


Short Film Submissions Sought For Kerry Film Festival 2015

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Kerry Film Festival, which takes place from 21st to 25th October, is now inviting entries for its short film competition filmin categories such as Best Narrative, Best Documentary, Best Animated Film, and Best Original Score.

KFF has previously featured successful shorts such as the Oscar® short-listed “Head over Heels” in 2012 and the 2014 Oscar® winner “Mr Hublot”.

Emerging filmmakers are at the core of the Kerry Film Festival programme, with the short film competition geared towards showcasing their work and bringing it to a wider audience both at home and throughout a growing network of partner festivals across the globe.

The festival is delighted once again to include the category for Best Original Score. Film music is a critical part of the storytelling and is often the most memorable element of a film, so important an element in fact that there will be a number of satellite activities focusing on film scores at this year’s festival.

Filmmakers will have the chance for their work to be seen by a prestigious panel of adjudicators which has in recent years included leading lights such as Richard Baneham who is an Academy Award and BAFTA winning Animator, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Screenwriter Mark Bomback, Directors Lenny Abrahamson and Paul Greengrass, and Producer Finola Dwyer.

KFF works to promote the best in filmmaking, endorsing the short film as a significant film genre and assigning the short equal status to the feature. As credit for its efforts in this regard, Kerry Film Festival is listed as the Best Short Film Festival in Ireland and one of the top in the world by

With an early bird deadline of 25th May and a final closing date for submissions to the 2015 competition on 25th July, there’s plenty of time to send your film. Check out for full details on how to submit your entry.


Celebrating 10 Years Of…the Meteor Choice Music Prize

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MTRSamsung2015 sees 10 years of the Meteor Choice Music Prize and to mark the occasion, a one-off special event in association with Samsung will take place in the Mansion House, Dublin, on Wednesday 29th April.

Performing on the night is an eclectic mix of past Album of the Year Prize winners: The Divine Comedy, Julie Feeney, Adrian Crowley and Delorentos. They will be joined across two stages by 2014 nominees The Riptide Movement , We Cut Corners (and more) in the fine setting of the Round Room.


Yes Fest Set to Take Place in Bello Bar

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On April 30th, five of Ireland’s finest bands will come together to raise money and awareness for marriage equality. The event, which will take place in Dublin’s swankiest venue Bello Bar, boasts an all star lineup of September Girls, Kate’s Party, Cave Ghosts, Sissy & The Winter Passing.

There is a suggested donation of €8 on the door, and there will be collection buckets on the night for anyone who can spare some extra change. There will also be YES EQUALITY badges so that you can wear them all over every outfit in the run up to the referendum on May 22nd!

For more info see


YES Fest 

Marriage Equality Fundraiser

April 30th, 8pm

Bello Bar


September Girls // Kate’s Party // Cave Ghosts // Sissy // The Winter Passing 


BCFE Students Set to Rock Grand Social

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Magnitunes Poster ShadowThe Ballyfermot College of Further Education Rock School students are set to take over the Grand Social this April for their annual end of year gigs. The Rock School BCFE gigs, Magnitunes 2015, are set to take place on three consecutive Tuesdays – 14th, 21st and 28th April.

The Rock School BCFE showcase gigs started in 1989 and since then have been held in venues throughout Dublin including the Baggot Inn, Whelans, The Village and now The Grand Social. The idea is to showcase original Irish songwriters.  Artists who have benefited hugely from these gigs include Damien Dempsey, Mundy, Mickey Harte, Wallis Bird, Fiach and many more. The gigs will be filmed to a professional standard, giving each artist promotional footage to help them in their career development.

The gigs also provide an opportunity for students to learn the skills involved in running shows. Students are allocated roles in venue booking, social media, art and design, posters and tickets, equipment hire, van hire, logistics etc., so that a strong team unit is built around the showcases to make them the best that they can be.

Speaking of this year’s events, Niall Ó Ceallacháin, student at BCFE Rock School said: “The artists performing are the best of what Rock School has to offer – second and first year bands feature. Since the course is performance based, the gigs are an integral part of the years assessments and are graded, with the grades going towards the students’ end of year results.” 

The Rock School at BCFE is the original and most successful Rock School in Ireland and one of the first of it’s kind in Europe.  It’s aim is to prepare musicians for the professional music industry as writers, performers, instrumentalists, arrangers and producers. Niall added: “Dublin is very lucky to have a Rock School like this on its doorstep.” As part of the Rock School course, 2nd year students have a chance to go to Germany for one week to take part in the Mu:Zone festival.  Once again as with other years, Irish songwriters from the Rock School were the highlight of the festival in 2015.

With an mini-festival vibe and with music from various genres, Magnitunes 2015 promises to be an eclectic series of gigs with approximately 80 original Irish songs being showcased by original Irish artists over the three nights. Performances will come from Kerencia (14th April), Edelweiss (21st April) and NamaNaya (28th April) among many others.

Magnitunes 2015 is proudly supported by IMRO.

Magnitunes 2015 – Rock School BCFE End of Year Gigs

The Grand Social

14th 21st & 28th April 2015

Doors 7:30pm 

Tickets €5 (On the door – €7; Student ID – €5)



Apply Now for Music Generation Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship

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Music Generation and Nimbus School of Recording Arts are running a fantastic Audio Engineering/Music Production Scholarship opportunity for budding sound engineers to study at the world class, state-of-the-art Nimbus School of Recording Arts in Vancouver, Canada.

Started by renowned record producers Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, KISS, Peter Gabriel) and Garth Richardson (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against The Machine, Rise Against, Biffy Clyro), Nimbus School of Recording Arts passes on the same training, skills and discipline to a new generation of media professionals as that which Bob and Garth have learned throughout their careers.

The scholarship, valued at approx. €33,000,  will provide 12 months’ free tuition plus accommodation/living costs for a student on one of a range of cutting-edge music industry programmes.

Nimbus helps students turn their passion for music into a career through offering small class-sizes, mentorship from industry experts, and hands-on training in real studios which are open 24/7. The Music Generation scholarship holder will, upon successful completion of his/her course of study, earn the professionally-recognised and highly respected Nimbus School of Recording Arts Diploma.

Full details on the application process can be found at the Music Generation website here.

Interested applicants should act fast as the deadline is this Monday, 30th March at 5pm.


Indie Arena Seeking New Music

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Indie Arena StudioIndie Arena is a weekly radio show highlighting new and classic independent music. The show broadcasts weekly from Cork’s Room 101 Radio on Tuesday evenings from 8-10pm. Presenter Antonia K Moore is currently seeking submissions from artists.

If you would like to have your music considered for inclusion on the show, drop an email with links to your press kit and an MP3 to Antonia at

You can check out Indie Arena on Twitter and Facebook.