Wanted: best new Ir­ish bands

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The an­nual IMRO Show­case Tour, which cel­e­brates its 20th an­niver­sary in Septem­ber, is invit­ing acts in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing to ap­ply to show­case@imro.ie be­fore July 31st.

The tour gives up-and­com­ing Ir­ish acts the op­por­tu­nity to play at the gig near­est their home­town, on a well-pub­li­cised bill that they may not have the fi­nan­cial mean to or­gan­ise other­wise. Past lu­mi­nar­ies who have gone on to find in­ter­na­tional suc­cess in­clude Fight Like Apes (be­low) and De­clan O’Rourke.

For the first time in its his­tory, an all-day gig will end the tour at Dublin’s Work­man’s Club rather than the “best of” evening gig that usu­ally closes pro­ceed­ings. There will also be sem­i­nars, work­shops and all-ages gigs tak­ing place on the day.

IMRO spokesman Keith John­son em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of the tour for both young bands and mu­sic fans who may see the next big thing play in a small venue in their town or city.

“It’s not a competition, and it never has been; it’s purely about show­cas­ing the very best of new Ir­ish mu­sic,” he said. “Last year we had the cream of the crop, but there are still quite a num­ber of po­ten­tially big acts bub­bling un­der. Hope­fully we can shine a light on those acts early on.” See imro.ie

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