Earlier in the summer, Guinness unveiled a new exciting music programme with the launch of Guinness Amplify, which aims to connect the freshest new music talent with audiences all over Ireland as well as providing them with some of the resources and expertise they need to help them along the way.
Over 800 acts applied online and publicans all over Ireland have started selecting bands to perform live pub gigs at Guinness Amplify Live throughout September and October. The regional live gigs kicked off in Leinster last weekend and will rotate around Ireland, focusing on a different region each week over the course of the five weekends.
Some great emerging artists are set to perform in Mayo pubs over the weekend, with Brian Casey booked to play in the Irish House, Castlebar, RuggedWood to play Cosy Joe’s, Westport, and Valerra’s Noel Kenny to play in Bar Square, Ballina.
There will also be a few surprises along the way, with some of the biggest names in music turning up to perform in pubs across Ireland. To date the line-up includes Kodaline, Walking On Cars and Daithi, Bastille, Disclosure, Jess Glynne, London Grammar, Rudimental, Duke Dumont, George Ezra and Dan Croll. For gig listings see www.guinnessamplify.com.
In Mayo, Author & The Illustrators play the Royal Theatre, Castlebar, tomorrow (Thursday, September 25), with other Castlebar gigs including Doppler in Bosh and Brian Casey in the Irish House on Friday (September 26) and Runabay in Johnny McHale’s and Old Hannah in Rocky’s on Saturday (September 27).
In the Westport area, RuggedWood play Cosy Joe’s on Friday, Beatroot are in Sailor’s Bar on Clare Island on Saturday, and Kammerpop can be seen in Matt Molloy’s on Sunday.
Valerra front man Noel Kenny will be in Bar Square, Ballina, tomorrow, with She’s A Beauty in Emmett’s on Friday night and Brian Casey in An Sean Sibin on Sunday (September 28).
In Claremorris, Conor Fahy plays Gilligan’s on Friday and Majestic Bears are in Hanley’s on Saturday.