NORTHERN IRELAND OFFICIAL SXSW PARTIES:
WEDNESDAY 12TH MARCH - SXSW – BELFAST NASHVILLE SISTER CITY SHOWCASE PARTY 3:00-6:00 PM at:
Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Tx, 78701 Featuring artists include Belfast’s Foy Vance, Brian Houston and Eilidh Patterson and Nashville’s Beth Nielsen-Chapman, Stephanie Dosen and Justin Townes Earle plus special guests to be announced.
FRIDAY 14TH MARCH - SXSW – NEW MUSIC FROM NORTHERN IRELAND PARTY 12:00 NOON to 2:30 PM at:
Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Tx, 78701 This party line up boasts some of the hottest new bands in the UK. NIMIC proudly present The Answer, In Case of Fire, Driving By Night and Oppenheimer...not to mention a great selection of fine traditional dishes and drinks.
NORTHERN IRELAND SXSW ARTISTS SHOWCASES:
Wednesday 12th March
• Van Morrison (La Zona Rosa, 612 W. 4th Street, Austin)
• Foy Van (1am – Esther’s Follies, 525 E, 6th Street)
Thursday 13th March
• Driving by Night (10.30pm – MFI @ Soho Lounge, 217 E, 6th St, Austin)
Friday 14th March
• The Answer (10.30pm – Kerrang! @ Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto St)
• In Case of Fire (12.45am – Kerrang! @ Latitude 30, 512 San Jacinto St)
Saturday 15th March
• Oppenheimer (8pm – Time Out NY @ Emo’s Main Room, 603 Red River St)
NEW MUSIC FROM NORTHERN IRELAND - SHOWCASING ARTISTS:
“No.1 Most Likely To Succeed Amongst Irish Music Professionals” – Alternative Ulster
“Oppenheimer are like the Irish Flaming Lips or Mates of State… they’re an incredible new band” – Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol)
Oppenheimer’s 2nd full-length album, ‘Take the Whole Midrange and Boost It’, is due out on Bar/None Records on May 18th.
The Answer -
With over 100,000 debut album sales, award nominations from Classic Rock and Kerrang! and notable early success in the last 18 months through UK, Europe, Japan and Australia. Having toured with The Rolling Stones, The Who and Aerosmith, The Answer’s debut album ‘Rise’ has been hailed as a significant and important new contemporary classic rock album. The Answer have also just been selected to be featured prominently in the next version of Activision’s phenomenally successful Guitar Hero computer game.
In Case of Fire -
Equal parts Refused, Muse and The Mars Volta, In Case Of Fire emerge from the blender to 5/5 live reviews and major label A&R managers knocking their door with increasing regularity. Tours with 30 Seconds To Mars, QOTSA and plaudits from every corner make this a name to watch closely.
Driving by Night -
have supported Keane, The Thrills, Kings of Leon, The FutureHeads, Faithless, and the Arctic Monkeys. They’ve recently played an In the City showcase a UK and Irish tour and have since been locked away in their rehearsal studio, gigging quietly, bringing new tunes to air, and putting the final touches to their long awaited debut album which hits the streets in March.
Foy Vance -
described as ‘the most important solo musician to emerge from Northern Ireland since Van Morrison,’ Foy Vance has a distinctive, cracked soulful voice. His debut album ‘Hope’ was released in August 2007 to critically acclaim. Already with two songs featured in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, Foy counts Pete Townshend and Bonnie Raitt amongst his fans.