Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Northern Ireland represented at SXSW

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:
Oppenheimer -
“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.
www.oppenheimermusic.co.uk
www.myspace.com/oppenheimer

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.
www.myspace.com/theanswerrock

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.
www.incaseoffire.co.uk
www.myspace.com/incaseoffireuk

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.
www.drivingbynight.com
www.myspace.com/drivingbynight

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.
www.foyvance.com
www.myspace.com/foyvance

5 comments:

Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat said...

SXSW should be good for Northern Ireland music, there are so many good bands in Northern Ireland, the scene is thriving and hopefully some light from the wider world shall descend on here after this event!

Mickie said...

You are sooo right. I think Northern Ireland has been overlooked as one of the top places for good bands today. I hope that SXSW provides some of them the opportunity to get the word out.
Mickie

Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat said...

I am pleased you agree with my biased viewpiont of the Northern Ireland music scene. If you get a minute checkout new on the scene Belfast band "Jackson Cage" , they are an alternative to alternative, more of a throw back to the SoCal vibe of the early 70's!

Mickie said...

Great tip! I visited the Jackson Cage site you indicated and - wow! - they're really good. I encourage everyone seeking a little something new that offers the classic cool of yesteryear to check out Jackson Cage. So when do we get to see them in person in the U.S.? Soon I hope!
Mickie

Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat said...

Not sure when Jackson Cage will make it State Side, they are currently unsigned, so would need some light shed on their work. They can be found gigging in Belfast and around the city at moment, were a small fanbase who have seen them live is starting to form. They have an album thats almost finished, so I guess when that comes out, it will help raise their profile.
I would say playing some venues in Califronia would be something they would love to do though!
Who knows the way the wind blows! :-)