Next months’ open air concert as part of the Summer Jamm festival includes a quartet of the best of Irish rock and pop acts.
Headlined by the Blizzards – fronted by RTE’s ‘The Voice of Ireland’ judge, Bressie – the line-up includes the Academic, Ryan McMullan and Roisin O.
The Summer Jamm Music Festival is set to take place at the Canal Basin and Score Site on Saturday June 10. This is the first time such a large scale event has come to this outdoor arena and with such a brilliant line-up, big numbers are expected.
The Blizzards are an Irish band from Mullingar in Co Westmeath. They were formed by Niall Breslin and Killian Egan (vocals) in late 2004, and also feature Dec Murphy (drums), Justin Ryan, Anthony Doran (bass) and Aidan Lynch (keyboards). They have achieved multiple platinum record sales and have won numerous awards. The band performed annually at Oxegen, have headlined Indiependence and also supported Oasis at Slane Concert in June 2009. Other bands they have supported include Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy and AC/DC during their Black Ice World Tour.
One of Ireland’s most exciting young bands The Academic – who also hail from Mullingar – previously signed a world-wide publishing deal with Global Publishing. The quintet is made up of Craig Fitzgerald on lead vocals/guitar alongside Stephen Murtagh on bass, Matt Murtagh on lead guitar and Dean Gavin on drums. To date, the lads have had loads of cool support slots with the likes of The Riptide Movement, The Strypes and Little Green Cars not to mention The Pixies at Live at the Marquee in Cork.
Hailing from the small seaside town of Portaferry, 25-year-old Ryan is a fresh new talent on the singer/songwriter scene.
With a voice reminiscent of Paolo Nutini and early Tom Waits, he has been putting in the necessary graft in local pubs for a number of years. With hugely successful recent support shows with Foy Vance and American alt-country rockers Needtobreath, Ryan is fast gaining a reputation as an exciting talent. His debut EP Listen gives a taste of his musical ability and has been well received on these recent tours. He also counts Snowpatrol’s Gary Lightbody as a fan.
Róisín O is an Irish singer, songwriter, and musician. She is signed to independent label 3ú Records. She released her debut album The Secret Life of Blue in 2012, and it entered the Irish charts at number 21. The album was produced by David Odlum, and was described by the Sunday Times as “evoking the likes of Joni Mitchell, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush.”
- Tickets for the Summer Jamm Music Festival on Saturday June 10 will be priced at £12.50 with an early bird offer of £10 (available before May 13). For more information and to book tickets for Summer Jamm go to www.derrystrabane.com/SummerJamm or contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 7138 4444.