Tenth Anniversary of Band on the Strand
Finally after much anticipation the line-up for Bots 10 has been released, and it does not disappoint.
The organising team are receiving great praise for the quality of the line-up they have selected for the tenth anniversary show and it’s clear to see why when we examine this year’s event line-up.
So let’s take a look at this year’s show:
This year the event features not one, but three headline acts.
The Frank and Walters
The Frank and Walters are an alternative pop band from Cork city in Ireland. The band was founded in 1989 and named in honour of two eccentric Cork characters.[ The Frank and Walters are renowned for the quality of their live performances. Having had huge chart success throughout their career the lads were delighted to have reached a whole new audience following the use of their music in the extremely popular R.T.E. comedy series, “The Young Offenders”. Who will forget the memorable final episode when Billy Murphy had an entire busload merrily chant the utterly infectious Frank and Walter’s classic “After All”? This opened up the band’s music to a whole new audience and so they found themselves topping the download charts in recent months in Ireland.
Le Galaxie are an Irish electronic 5-piece, bursting with shimmering cyber-synths, pounding techno rhythms and sonic guitar wizardry. Their debut album Laserdisc Nights II was released in 2011, followed in 2012 by Fade to Forever EP and the single “Love System”, which was nominated for the Choice Music Prize ‘Song of the Year. Their second album Le Club was released to critical acclaim in 2015. Current album, “Pleasure” which was released in February has been hailed as their best work to date and is expected to be a real game changer for the band. The really big news recently has been a seismic line-up change: Le Galaxie have enlisted the services Mary Kate Geraghty, better known as former Fight Like Apes singer MayKay.
The band’s real strength is the quality of their live performances. Recently the band were delighted to play at the iconic global industry event SXSW Musc Festival in Austin Texas where they shared the stage with incredible acts from 32 countries around the world, including artists as varied as legends like Wyclef Jean and the renowned Frank Turner. Having performed at many festivals throughout Ireland including Electric Picnic, later this summer the band are top of the bill at the Indiependence festival in August but not before performing first at Band on the Strand.
Wild Youth are a pop and rock band formed in 2016 who have been formed out of the smouldering ashes of Dublin band Bipolar Empire. Having honed their songwriting skills over the past year working on their vision of creating songs that you will want to have with you throughout the day; at home , at work in the club, the band have proved their onstage worth over the past while with well-received performances at Longitude, Indiependence and Sea Sessions.
Wild Youth have seen their first two singles “All or Nothing” and “Lose Control” clock up well in excess of one million streams, that enabled them to go on triumphantly to play support to acts like Niall Horan and Picture This. In keeping with our knack of usually finding “the next big thing” as part of our bill we feel this is one act that you will not want to miss.
Back by popular demand is Naas rapper Aaron J Hart. Following his successful run to the final of this year’s “Ireland’s Got Talent” show Aaron’s powerfully truthful passionate songs, capturing his inner demons and troubles with mental health and addiction, have reached a whole new audience and have received a sensational response. As a result he is an artist that is much in demand and so we are delighted to have him return.
Danceworld is the west coast’s largest and successful dance and performance academy. Comprising over 250 dancers with classes in Ballina, Castlebar and Westport the group are no strangers to large audiences having performed to large audiences at sell-out shows throughout the country in Arts Centres and the TF Royal Theatre. With their colourful, vibrant and energetic take on modern dance this youthful group are an ideal opening act for Bots 10.
Having successfully negotiated a path to the semi-final of “Ireland’s Got Talent” where they wowed the judges, and in the process beating off competition from 9,000 acts who auditioned for the competition we are delighted to have the local traditional dance and music group Atlantic Rhythm. With their energetic mix of fast-paced music and energetic and innovative, highly choreographed dance routines the group are sure to go down a treat at Bots 10. Formed five years ago the group are no strangers to live performance having toured the country and Britain with their show. Atlantic Rhythm have also performed on a regular basis on television appearing on shows such as: “The Late Late Toy Show”, The Ray D’Arcy Show, some U.S. TV shows and during their successful run on TV3’s “Ireland’s Got Talent”
Described as Ireland’s next Riverdance this is act is a feast for both the eyes and the ears and we look forward to seeing them perform at the tenth anniversary show of Band on the Strand.
DJ Steven Cooper
The ever-popular DJ. Steven Cooper returns to close this year’s spectacular event. Having started out on iRadio, Steven now plies his trade as host of 98fm’s “Big Breakfast”. Steven’s lively up-to-the-minute set always proves itself to be an exhilaratingly energetic way to close the night and so we see no reason to break with tradition. Hence, we look forward to a dramatic and spectacular closure to this year’s special anniversary event.