ONE of Tyrone’s hottest new bands say they want to help bring the music scene back to life in Strabane.
Formed in June last year Nineteen 80’ Something is a indie rock band made up of Strabane’s Jamie Bonner (18) lead vocals and rhythm guitar, David Doherty (17) lead guitarist, Emmett O’Neill (18) from Victoria Bridge on drums, and Omagh’s Neil Logan (18), on bass guitar.
Since the boys started performing to live audiences most of their gigs have been in Omagh or Derry. Conscious that the younger generation of music fans in Strabane are missing out when it comes to enjoying live gigs Nineteen 80’ Something have made it their mission to create a new music scene in the town.
To this end they have organised a gig in Dicey’s this month which they hope will be strongly supported by local young people.
“What we don’t have in Strabane is a vibrant music scene. We want to create opportunities in our town where people, including those from the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) communities, can come out and express themselves freely while enjoying the music without worrying about what people think,” Jamie explained.
“We want to create a scene where younger people can have a good night out and not be afraid to express themselves in whatever way they want. No-one cares what anyone wears to our gigs, it’s not like that. It is about getting good vibes and being yourself.”
Jamie added that all the members of the band are big Green Day fans which is where they take much of their inspiration from. “Green Day began by gigging in
their local scene and eventually gathered a huge following,” explains Jamie.
“A scene is all about the music, it’s about creating a place where musicians and fans can come and let loose. I honestly believe that there are a lot of talented musicians in Strabane who are unable to play their music and express themselves because there are very few venues for them to do that. What is happening is that young people turn 18 and move away. It’s such a waste.”
Jamie and David both said that while there is a fledging music scene in Strabane – which is benefiting mostly from gigs and events at The Alley – Nineteen 80’ Something want to give that scene a complete shake up.
“We are planning to launch the Strabane scene with a gig in Dicey’s this month,” David explained. “Every weekend there are bus loads of young people heading to
Omagh and Derry, the scene needs to come alive here in Strabane and we want to help make that happen”.
David added, “I want to say to those young people to come on down to this gig and let your freak flag fly. If we can make this happen this will be huge for music in Strabane.”
For information on the Strabane gig see the Nineteen 80’ Something facebook page @1980somethingband.
Posted: 7:00 pm August 30, 2017