IMRO 2010 picks take to the road

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Weekly Guide To Entertainment Friday 19.03.2010 -

Now in its 18th year, the IMRO Show­case Tour kicks off next Thurs­day with two gigs in Belfast next Thurs­day fea­tur­ing Ed Zeal­ous, Alan MX, He­liopause and more.

Hav­ing called for sub­mis­sions ear­lier this year, or­gan­is­ers have now set­tled on a stel­lar line-up of up-and-com­ing Ir­ish bands that will play in venues all over Ire­land.

The tour has a rep­u­ta­tion for pick­ing some of the most ex­cit­ing bands on the Ir­ish mu­sic scene and giv­ing them a plat­form. One such act is The Cast of Cheers, who play Craw­daddy next Fri­day with Hello Moon, Sac­cade and Get Me Moscow. The quar­tet re­leased their de­but al­bum, Char­iot, on free down­load last month, and only played their first ever live show re­cently.

Other hotly tipped acts on the tour (March 25th un­til April 24th) are Our Lit­tle Se­crets (see New Mu­sic, p9), We Cut Cor­ners, Cities and The Am­bi­ence Af­fair. There will be a “best of” gig at Dublin’s Academy on May 1st.

Hot tip: The Am­biance Af­fair

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