Bushmills Live Legacy Fund recipients  with Third Bar's Davy Matchett (centre), David C Clements (l) and Tony Wright (r)
Bushmills Live Legacy Fund recipients David C Clements and Tony Wright (VerseChorusVerse) with Third Bar’s Davy Matchett (centre)

Gary Lightbody and Davy Matchett (Third Bar) set up the Bushmills Live Legacy Fund of £20,000, to help support emerging artists in the music industry.

Snow Patrol frontman, Gary Lightbody, and Davy Matchett have selected two exciting emerging artists as recipients: David C Clements and VerseChorusVerse.

The team at Third Bar will be working with both to offer advice and guidance on the right places to invest their Fund. Additionally, both artists will be taking to the stage at Bushmills Live festival on 20th June alongside headliners Of Monsters and Men, Jake Bugg, Sons and Lovers, Willy Mason, Bear’s Den, Iain Archer and Foy Vance.

Gary says: “It’s no secret that I am a passionate supporter of the Northern Irish music scene. Davy and I have been friends since school and we set up Third Bar together to help advise up-and-coming artists in the music industry which is why I think it is brilliant that the Bushmills brand is prepared to get involved at this grass roots level and put their money where their mouth is.”

He added: “I am a big fan of both David and VerseChorusVerse, having watched them both live – they have incredible stage presence and fantastic material, they just need a platform to make it big.”