IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) have announced a call for entries for the 2009 IMRO Showcase Tour. Established in 1992, Ireland’s most established new band showcase has provided a live platform for scores of emerging Irish music talent over the years. Recent acts to have featured include Fight Like Apes, Oppenheimer, Declan O’Rourke, Halves, Delorentos, The Immediate and The Flaws to name a few. IMRO now invite submissions for the IMRO Showcase Tour 2009. Bands and artists who wish to be considered for a place on the tour should send a website or MySpace link to before Friday February 27th, 2009. All genres of music are welcome. Successful acts will be notified in early March.

The IMRO Showcase Tour 2009 will feature ten live shows in venues across Ireland including Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Dundalk. The gigs will run through March and April. A ‘Best of Showcase’ gig will take place in Dublin in early May. In all, forty-five bands will be chosen to perform.

Of the IMRO Showcase Tour, long-time supporter Dave Fanning said: “When IMRO put together the first one of these nearly two decades ago it was a no-nonsense, no-frills kinda thing and did exactly what it said on the tin. It was the best of new live music. It still is. Competitions, band nights, showcases, battle of the bands – they come and they always go. The IMRO Showcase goes on forever, as big, bold and relevant as ever. It’s a privilege to have been involved through 2FM since the beginning. Here’s to ’09!”

The IMRO Showcase Tour 2009 is proudly supported by RTÉ 2FM and The Star Newspaper.

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