Purty good news From State.ie & AU Magazine as they team up for a series of cross border gigs.
Not one to rest on their laurels, State.ie are teaming up with AU Magazine, in a lovely spirit of cross border bonding, to serve up some suburban rockin’ in the newly revamped Purty Loft in Dun Laoghaire.Dublin gigs outside the realm of the Wexford St. Strip?! It’s so crazy, it just might work….
Ideally, both parties are hoping this will see a steady stream of traffic for alternative bands between the Dun Laighaire gigs and Club AU’s own nights up North. Expect to see the likes of Villagers, Super Extra Bonus Party & And So I Watch You From Afar over the coming months.
The inaugural night takes place on Friday, April 24th:
State / Club AU in association with Forever Presents….
And So I Watch You From Afar
(8pm – 2.30am, €10)
Quickly followed on Friday 1st May by:
State / Club AU Presents…
John Shelly & The Creatures
(8pm – 2.30pm, €5)
STATE.IE AND AU MAGAZINE JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE IRISH MUSIC IN BELFAST AND DUN LAOGHAIRE
Two of Ireland’s most respected music titles from both sides of the border are combining to present an exciting new venture for Irish live music. For many in the domestic music industry the lack of communication between the Northern and Southern scenes has long been the cause of astonishment, particularly when both areas are producing the most acclaimed and vibrant bands of recent years.
It was a common cause for complaint at this year’s UnConvention event in Belfast, that bands from the city and elsewhere found it impossible to make contacts in the South – something echoed by their counterparts in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and beyond, despite the sterling efforts of the likes of HWCH.
The summer of 2009, however, will see the taking of steps to remedy this situation when State.ie and AU Magazine join forces to present a series of collaborative shows between the best of new Irish talent from across the country. Although something that the Northern magazine has been doing for sometime at its Club AU nights, the State Presents… gigs will give those particular bands a new home in the South.
Based in Laverty’s Attic in Belfast, Club AU was launched last August with the aim of building bridges across Ireland bringing the best in music to new audiences. State Presents… will aim to do the same at its new home at the iconic South County Dublin venue the Purty Loft.
Both ventures will exist as separate entities, coming together when the occasion demands.
Such an occasion will take on Friday April 24th when the first State vs Club AU event takes place at the Purty Loft. The bill for the evening is the perfect indication of what the pairing hopes to achieve. Alphastates are due to release their second album on that very day, further proof of their status as purveyors of dreamy, alternative pop music. And So I Watch You From Afar, meanwhile, are being hailed as the most exciting band to come out of Belfast in years – an instrumental four piece who have managed to capture their explosive live show on their self-titled debut record. Completing the bill is Conor O’Brien from Villagers. Recently nominated as the sixth most important Irish musical act of today in the Irish Times, despite only releasing one EP to date. Conor will be playing a special solo set for us. Running till 2.30am, the night will be rounded off by State and AU DJ sets.
And this is only the beginning….Friday May 1st will see the triple bill of Escape Act, The Rags and John Shelley & The Creatures at the Purty Loft, while on May 23rd Club AU will repay the favour when Super Extra Bonus Party make the trip to Belfast to play on the usual high quality bands. These unique nights will continue to take place throughout the year, with details on both www.iheartau.com and www.state.ie.