Guinness & Co announced the talented four bands who have been selected by a panel of music industry experts to move forward to the ‘Our Thursdays’ National Showcase in Lavery’s, Belfast on 9th September.

Empire Saints won the Guinness Our Thursdays Regional Showcase at The Empire

‘Our Thursdays’, this year’s addition to the Arthur’s Day celebrations, honouring the remarkable legacy of Arthur Guinness, gives emerging Irish acts the incredible opportunity to be part of the Arthur’s Day artist line up on 23rd September alongside amazing international artists including Snow Patrol.

At the Regional Showcase in Belfast last night, Empire Saints secured a place in the National Showcase on 9th September.

Empire Saints

They will be joined by Reko, Maud in Cahoots, and Dave Peyton who also secured their places at the Regional Showcases in Cork, Dublin and Galway last night.

Maud in Cahoots
Dave Peyton

The panel of judges involved in the selection of these lucky bands is comprised of music industry experts including members of Snow Patrol, Director of Talent at MTV Europe, Matt Cook and Editor of Hotpress Magazine, Niall Stokes.

Speaking about the four bands, Jonny Quinn from Snow Patrol said “The level of talent that we have seen from the Our Thursdays showcases has been incredible. It has made our job as judges extremely difficult. We look forward to playing alongside one of these guys on 23rd September.”

At the National showcase on 9th September, 3 of the bands will be selected to play official studio venues in Cork, Galway and St James’s Gate Brewery on Arthur’s Day alongside amazing international artists including home grown global phenomenon Snow Patrol and multi-platinum artist Paolo Nutini.

As well as the incredible opportunity to perform to a crowd of thousands on Arthur’s Day, the best three bands will also receive studio time, a digital release with Universal and will find themselves splashed all over the cover of Hot Press magazine in a special feature, with full details to be revealed at the National Showcase.