April 24, 2013
ELECTRIC POP BAND THE DIRTY EPICS JOIN MINI MUSICIANS TO LAUNCH lOVE:lIVE MUSIC - IRELAND’S NATIONAL MUSIC DAY ON 21ST JUNE 2013
- AN ESTIMATED 45,000 PEOPLE ACROSS IRELAND TOOK PART LAST YEAR IN FREE LIVE MUSIC EVENTS-
Electric pop band The Dirty Epics joined 4 year olds Thomas Maher and Lughan O’Riagan from Dublin for an impromptu musical performance in Dublin city centre today to call on musicians and anyone with a love of live music around Ireland to take part in love:live music, Ireland’s National Music Day on the 21st June 2013. The musicians called on music lovers, music promoters and venue managers to arrange a free live music event. love:live music, which saw an estimated 45,000 take part in free live music events across the country in 2012, is coordinated by Music Network and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
“Ireland is known throughout the world for our wealth of musicians and musical heritage and this is something we should celebrate. I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our National Music Day in some way - either by organising an event or coming out on the day to join in the celebrations” commented Jimmy Deenihan T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
Last year love:live music saw over 300 free live music events organised with an impressive range of shows in schools, churches, libraries, pubs, outdoors and even on the train. Events in 2012 ranged from Scottish Pipes and Irish harps at Lochtar na Cua Standing Stones in Waterville, to Samba percussion performances, to White Collar Boy performing a full live set on the Heuston Dublin to Waterford train for commuters. Organisers are hoping that this year’s event will be another success and are encouraging participants to be imaginative with their choice of venue.
“love:live music is very different to a regular music festival. It’s open to anyone (whether amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform and showcases all styles of musical talent in really fun and imaginative spaces. It aims to popularise music making for the young and not so young from all social backgrounds” -commented Sharon Rollston, Music Network CEO.
“There are no restrictions and we hope that music events of all kinds will be included - from rock & pop to traditional and jazz, from choral and classical to rhythmn and blues - whether you’re a seasoned performer or a first-time event organiser. Be imaginative with your event and venue and rope in friends, family and the local community to help” she continued.
love:live music continues to go from strength to strength and participants will not only be joining up with hundreds of participants around Ireland, but also joining the thousands of musicians who’ll be performing at events in 120 countries around the world as part of International Music Day.
Top Tips for Organising a love:live music event in 2013:
1. Talk to performers/promoters/venues in your area and see what ideas you can come up with. Don’t worry if you get stuck - our website will provide inspiration with highlights and images from last year - www.lovelivemusic.ie.
2. Get planning - organise and book your free event in time for the 21st of June.
3. Once you have a solid idea, we’d love to hear all about it and you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply jump ahead to step 4!
4. Register your event on our website. Your ideas could inspire someone else to take part.
5. Get ready for a fun filled day and night!
love:live music is Ireland's National Music Day on Friday 21st June through free live music events in cities, towns and villages all over the country. Initiated by Music Network in 2010 it is an open invitation to everyone to make music everywhere. love:live music is funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Music Network is funded by The Arts Council.