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


Introducing The 3Arena

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As part of 3ArenaThree’s acquisition of O2 Ireland, The O2 in Dublin’s docklands has been rebranded the 3Arena.

The 3Arena will take up where The O2 left off, playing a major role in the Irish entertainment industry, with a venue capacity of 13,500. The re-mastered venue is set to host some of the biggest acts in the world over the coming months and indeed going forward into the future.

You can follow upcoming events at the 3Arena by linking to the website or by following them on Twitter.


Dublin Studio Hub Announces the Launch of a Fully Online Irish-based Music & Song Production Service.

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Dublin Studio Hub (DSH) announces the launch of its new & unique online song and music production service, via its site . The project is the brainchild of professional musician, sound engineer, and longtime industry producer Larry Hogan. It was born of the idea that many songwriters, bands, and artists could either not afford, or did not have access to, the big end of the music business.dubhub

“The idea of the HUB was born from things I had learned or experienced in the Irish music industry over many years. Firstly, there is so much great Irish musical talent out there, both vocal and instrumental, and I wanted a way to bring that all together into an accessible creative hub for artists and songwriters. Secondly that for every person who knows the music business, there’s an artist or musician that doesn’t – they don’t have connections, haven’t done studio work, or just don’t know how to take their material to the next level. From these two ideas the Hub was born.” (Larry Hogan – Founder Dublin Studio Hub)

Founder Larry Hogan began producing music for clients in 1994, and his team have produced hundreds of tracks for artists, some the biggest names in the business, and some only just starting out. Larry and the DSH production team have worked with artists including The Band , Peter Gabriel, XTC, Tears For Fears, Icehouse, Echo And The Bunnymen, The Corrs , Kila , Christy Moore , Ronan Keating and Brian Kennedy

The Dublin Studio Hub brings the team’s music production and arrangement talents to a wider global audience in a way that makes the music industry accessible. The site, and the online service embodies Larry’s production philosophy, which is to make great music, work in an open and honest way with clients and artists, and deliver great value.

“We’re trying to take some of the mystery out of the music business, by providing a digital hub where any global songwriter, band, or artist can bring their song or track to be produced. We then take their material and get to work with our session musicians, our vocalists, and one of our production team to give them a polished big-end-of-town studio sound. They can get access to some of the best in the Irish music business. It’s win-win for Irish music.”  adds Hogan. 

Based in Dublin Ireland, Dublin Studio Hub is a collaboration of professional and passionate musicians who have come together under Larry to record and produce great music. In addition to working tirelessly on their own careers in the industry, these artists and players contribute on a work-for-hire basis for DSH projects for online hub clients.




Garageland announce an all ages ‘Andy’s Warehouse’ event

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andy'sGarageland are proud to announce an all ages event which will happen every Saturday from Aug 2nd 2014 in Andrew’s Lane Theatre Dublin.

Andy’s Warehouse is a brand new concept which is designed to create a space for young creative musicians, as well as providing a fun hangout for people to go to on a Saturday afternoon.

Designed by Dermot Lambert, Director of The Irish Youth Music Awards and CEO of Garageland, Ireland’s biggest supporter of unsigned Irish music, Andy’s Warehouse is named after Andy Warhol’s explosively creative gathering joint in New York in the 1970’s.

Apart from original live bands, there will also be busking stages, a special Andy’s iPhone Club (playing tracks from young Irish bands and musicians), Super Mario Cart Tournaments, onsite T-Shirt Printing, Second Hand CD and Vinyl stalls, Hot Dog Stands, a ‘Painting Wall’,  hair colouring and a whole pile of other stuff.

Andy’s Warehouse kicks off on Saturday 2nd August at 1.30pm and stays open until 7pm

Bands confirmed to play over the coming weeks include The Dark Lanes, Jet Set Radio, Sleepy Dreamers, Myth, Publicity, The Klares, Crossfire, The Rain, No Strangers, with many more to confirm

Admission €6…Andrew’s Lane Theatre Dublin

Any bands or artists who wish to play Andy’s Warehouse should contact

Garageland supports and is supported by IMRO, IRMA, RAAP, Hot Press Magazine


ITV seek talent for new ‘Rising Star’ singing talent show

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RisingStarRising Star is a new, primetime interactive and innovative singing talent show from ITV – the difference being that viewers at home are the judges and vote in real-time during the performances, via an app.

This means that the public has total control over who progresses through each stage of the competition and who is ultimately crowned as the Rising Star.


IMRO and ASCAP present Award to Gavin Friday & Maurice Seezer

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Photos taken at the Music In Film & TV Seminar at IMRO HQ hosted by 2FM’s Paddy McKenna. Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer were joined on the panel by Darren Hendley and Todd Brabec.Last night in Dublin, IMRO and ASCAP presented an award to Gavin Friday and Maurice Seezer in recognition of the ongoing success of their film compositions in the USA in 2013.

The award was presented at a Music In Film & TV Seminar at IMRO HQ hosted by 2FM’s Paddy McKenna. Gavin and Maurice were joined on the panel by Darren Hendley and Todd Brabec.  The panel covered all aspects from composing fees, royalty payments to commissioning budgets and contract management. Jim Sheridan was also in attendance.

“We are honoured to work with such a fine society as IMRO. Their members have culturally deep and broad catalogue and in giving this award we recognise the success of Gavin and Maurice and the importance their art has in the US” Paul Williams, President and Chairman, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

“Film and TV composition is an area that continues grow in importance globally for Irish music creators.  Gavin and Maurice have created some of the most inspiring, moving and memorable soundtracks in Irish film and TV across the last decade that have gone on to touch audiences around the world.  Tonight this Award celebrates their creativity and talent.” Keith Donald, Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) Chairman.