The Academic announce details of a global live-streamed show from Mullingar’s ‘Jealous Wall’ on 1St December 2020. Tickets go on sale today, Friday 13th November HERE.
The Jealous Wall provides quite the setting for this performance that has so far found the band unable to take their most recent EP, ‘Acting My Age’, on the road to play live to their fans.
Lead singer with the band, Craig Fitzgerald explains, “It’s been a really tough year for everybody and like so many others around the country our industry just shut down. All we have known for the past couple of years is getting in a van or a bus or on a plane to play a show somewhere and to have that massive void now it really does start to hit home how much we love playing music. We know that nothing can really compare to being in the throes of a gig and feeling the intensity of a room full of people going for it but we really wanted to get back on a stage together and do something for our fans. When we talked about the idea of performing a live show with no audience and in the context of streaming we knew we would have to make it something special and unique. We have always wanted to do something on a big scale at home and while there are no audiences right now, we thought that this would be the next best thing.
The Jealous Wall is such a spectacular backdrop, and we are so excited for people to see it in a different light. Just to get back on a big stage together and to feel normality and it also gives our fans a glimpse into where we are from. Also, in putting on this show, it gives us an opportunity to get a lot of people back to work including our crew who have been hit harder than most this year. As part of the Live Performance scheme announced by the government recently, we were fortunate to have received some funding the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports & Media and Sport which has been a big help in making it happen.”
The Academic are also pleased to share a cover of ‘Lonely This Christmas’, a high octane reimagination of a holiday favourite.
The early gift to their fans caps a bittersweet year for the Mullinger four-piece who had their global touring commitments cut drastically short in accordance with the pandemic and lockdown.
As a thank you for their continued support, the band offer fans this sub four-minute yuletide blast and look ahead cautiously to 2021 in the hope that they can finally get back out on the road and embark on the next chapter of a riveting story.
The Academic opened 2020 at 100mph with the release of the A’cting My Age’ EP; a sharp, buoyant and melody-heavy collection of guitar-shaped indie rock songs that suggested a confident young band right on the dusk of stardom. Already hometown heroes who count Rolling Stones as their fans, The Academic might have been forced to hit pause on their progress for the rest of the year, but when the fog eventually lifts, this band’s apparent success is almost inevitable.