20 Years of IMRO

24 08 2011

Yep, hard to believe the always entertaining I.M.R.O. showcase is 20years old this September. This year’s line-up kicks off in Belfast (and features the especially ace Bomb City 7) and here’s the press release below.See you all down the front.



The dates, venues and line-ups have been announced for the 20th IMRO Showcase Tour. The annual tour shines a very bright spotlight on Ireland’s best new music talent. IMRO are proud to showcase Ireland’s most exciting emerging acts at the best Irish venues across the country. This year saw a record breaking response to the call for entries, with more than 600 submissions made from young Irish acts hoping to take part in the tour. After much serious deliberation, IMRO are delighted to announce the dates, venues and line-ups for the 2011 IMRO Showcase Tour. 

The eleven date tour will take place between September 7th and 30th at various venues in Belfast, Derry, Athlone, Cork, Mayo, Kildare, Galway, Limerick and Dublin. Fifty bands will participate in the tour this year and the cream of the crop will be chosen to perform at the Best of IMRO Showcase Tour 2011 in the Workman’s Club, Dublin on Saturday October 22nd. The day-long celebration will see IMRO Showcase bands stage a takeover of the venue and the event will include multiple gigs, a number of all ages show, workshops, industry talks and much more.

Wed September 7th                    Belfast: Limelight & Katy Daly’s (with Smalltown America Records):

Amidships, Southern, runaway Go, Morning Claws, Seven Summits, Bright Falls & Bomb City 7.

Fri September 9th                        Dublin: Crawdaddy:

East Island City, Rooftop Anthem, The Young Folk & The Fallen Drakes

Sat September 10th                    Derry: The Cellar Bar, Draperstown (with The G Sessions):

Rams Pocket Radio, Intermission, Mojo GoGo & Our Krypton Son.

Thurs September 15th             Westmeath: Athlone IT, Athlone:

 Nova Static, Henrietta Game, Marc O’Reilly & Bipolar Empire

Friday September 16th            Cork: Cyprus Avenue:

Zombie Computer, In Valour, The Empire Lights, Fingersmith & Bona Fide Federation

Sat September 17th                    Mayo: Bar Ritz, Castlebar (with Finbar Hoban Presents):

Pearse Mc Gloughlin, Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters, Race The Flux, New Sunset Hotel & Brain Washington

Thurs September 22nd             Kildare: The Late Lounge:

Avalanche Ammo, Super Hanz, The P- Affection & Awake Young Soldiers

Fri September 23rd                    Dublin: The Grand Social:

danielle harrison, The Hot Sprockets, Ghost Estates & I’m Your Vinyl

Sat September 24th                    Galway: The Roisin Dubh:

Daithi O’Dronai, Rainy Boy Sleep, Junior85 & Milan Jay

Thurs September 29th             Dublin : Crawdaddy (with Future Bright):

Cars Love Girls, Last Days of 1984, Bear Bones & TBC

Fri September 30th                     Limerick: Dolans:

Dead Red Light. Jefl & Hyde, Moscow Metro, Tenaka & The Hip-Neck Blues Collective.

Sat October 22nd                          Dublin: The Workman’s Club:

Best of IMRO Showcase Tour 2011