IMRO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) have announced the call for entries for the 2010 IMRO Showcase Tour. First hosted in 1992, Irelandâ€™s most established new band showcase has provided a live platform for scores of up and coming Irish musicians over the years. Recent acts to have featured include Fight Like Apes, Declan Oâ€™Rourke, Halves and Delorentos to name but a few.
Ronan Yourell from Dublin band Delorentos said of the tour â€œIt was an important step in the development of our band as we gained invaluable experience through the gigs and also met some really cool people!â€
IMRO are now inviting bands and solo artists across all genres of music to apply for a place on the IMRO Showcase Tour 2010.
Bands and artists who wish to be considered for a place should send a website or MySpace link to firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday February 12th, 2010. Successful acts will be notified in early March.
The gigs will run through March and April. A number of artists will be chosen from the tour to perform in a â€˜Best of Showcaseâ€™ gig which will take place in Dublin venue The Academy on April 30th.
The IMRO Showcase Tour 2010 will feature live shows in the following venues across Ireland:
Thu March 25th The Limelight & Katy Dalys, Belfast
Fri March 26th Crawdaddy, Dublin
Sat March 27th TBC
Thu April 01st Crawdaddy, Dublin
Sat April 03rd Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Thu April 08th TBC
Fri April 09th The Spirit Store, Dundalk
Sat April 10th Crawdaddy, Dublin
Thu April 15th Derry â€˜Small Town Americaâ€™, Derry
Fri April 16th The Late Lounge, Kildare
Sat April 17th Draperstown, Derry
Fri April 23rd The Sugar Club, Dublin
Sat April 24th Dolans, Limerick
Fri April 30th The Academy, Dublin – Best of IMRO Showcase Tour 2010
The IMRO Showcase Tour 2009 is proudly supported by RTÃ‰ 2FM