In­die bands set sights on Canada

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A fes­ti­val link­ing the Ir­ish in­de­pen­dent mu­sic scene with its Cana­dian coun­ter­part takes place in Dublin and Belfast next month. In­die Week, which was started in Canada in 2004, has seen so many im­pres­sive Ir­ish bands par­tic­i­pate in its Toronto show­case in re­cent times that it has hosted show­cases in Ire­land since 2009. (Vesta Varro and Wal­ter Mitty and The Re­al­ists were voted top act at the fes­ti­val on suc­ces­sive years.)

This year’s free launch gig is at Sweeney’s Mon­grel in Dublin on Wed­nes­day, May 11th. A se­lec­tion of Ir­ish bands, in­clud­ing Preacher’s Son, The Beat Poets, Wind­ings and The Rip­tide Move­ment, play at Aun­tie An­nie’s in Belfast on Thurs­day 12th, and The Grand So­cial, Dublin, on Fri­day 13th.

The win­ner of each nightly show­case will battle it out in Dublin on Satur­day to win a place at In­die Week in Canada, where over 160 acts play in front of in­dus­try fig­ures each Oc­to­ber.

Hav­ing bagged the top slot at last year’s fi­nals, Toronto buzz band These Elec­tric Lives (be­low) also play their first Ir­ish gigs at each show­case. “As an un­signed band we hoped In­die Week would help get us more ex­po­sure, and it de­liv­ered that in spades,” they said.

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