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In this section you will find details of previous Music initiatives and projects. While these projects and initiatives are historical, their information can still be quite relevant and they are important to keep so as to document a history of Arts Development in County Kildare. If you would like any further information on any of these past projects or initiatives, please contact us at arts@kildarecoco.ie or 045 448328 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

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LAUNCH OF PLATFORM 4 RECORDING PROJECT@ LEIXLIP LIBRARY

The launch of Platform 4 Recording project took place in Leixlip Library on Thursday 11th December 2008. 
The establishment of the Platform4 Recording project @ Leixlip Library is part of the music development programme set out in ‘Making Inroads: An Arts Development Plan for Kildare County Council 2006-2011.  

The programme is supported by the Library Service, through the use of the recording facilities, and also the support of the staff team in the Library.  The Music Programme is funded by the Arts Service of Kildare County Council and the Arts Council. 

The ‘Platform’ Music Development programme has included
•  Songwriting workshops with well known Irish singer/ songwriters The Walls, Mundy, Declan O’Rourke and Ollie Cole;
•  Battle of the Bands competitions for Kildare bands to play at the Oxegen Music Festival in 2007 and 2008 (Miracle Bell and My OK Hotel 2007, Kill City Defectors and Schmackey and the Salads 2008)
• The Platform4 Recording Studio @ Leixlip Library aims to provide mentoring and                                                                            recording facilities, for emerging musicians, in Kildare and beyond.

Speaking at the launch of the Recording project, the Mayor of Kildare, Cllr Senan Griffin complemented the programme for its emphasis on ‘mentoring emerging musicians’, and the ‘process’ of recording, enabling musicians to make the most of their studio time.  This approach sets Platform4 apart from commercial recording studios. 

The emphasis on mentoring emerging musicians is something that attracted House Engineer, Paul Dowling, to the project.  Paul is a freelance recording/mixing engineer, who is well known in the field and has worked on national and international projects including Electric Picnic ’08. 

Addressing the audience, Cathaoirleach for Leixlip Town Council, Colm Purcell, stated that he was delighted that the Platform 4 project was based in Leixlip, which should act as a resource for bands around the Leixlip area.  He noted, however that the studio has broad appeal and is currently being used by Newbridge band Schmackey and the Salads. 

Arts Officer for Kildare County Council, Lucina Russell explained that the Music Development programme sets out to provide opportunities for emerging musicians that would not otherwise exist.

Guest performers at the launch were upcoming Irish band Ham Sandwich who played an acoustic set in the intimate gallery space.  They dedicated the last song of the evening to the success of the studio.

The facilities in the Platform4 Recording Studio @ Leixlip Library are offered at subsidised rates of €300 per day (2008-2009).  This price includes use of recording facilities and a sound engineer.  Profits from the Studio will be use for the Music Development programme 

An annual Bursary Award for recording time will be offered to musicians living in, or from Co Kildare in 2009.  Details of this will be announced early in the new year. 

For further information, contact Kildare County Council Arts Service, 
Tel:  045-448328, Email: arts@kildarecoco.ie Web: www.kildare.ie/artsservice

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Platform V. Oxegen Battle of the Bands 2010

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It’s back! Kildare County Council Kildare, in association with MCD and Naas Town Council, is delighted to announce details of the Platform V. Oxegen Battle of the Bands 2010 competition for emerging musicians and bands from Co Kildare.

The prize for two lucky performers/ bands is a much sought after slot on the New Band Stage at OXEGEN 2010, the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Weekend of the Year, which takes place in Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare, from Thursday 8th until Sunday 11th July 2010.

Now in it’s 4th year! The competition has been a launch pad for some upcoming new music talent in Ireland. Previous winners of the competition have included “Miracle Bell” , “Kill City Defectors” and nominated for Meteor’s most promising new artist of 2010 “Seven Days”

Platform V is open to all unsigned solo artists and bands from Co Kildare, over the age of 17

The venue for the Platform V Battle of the Bands 2010 competition is The Phoenix Music Venue, Kildare town, Co. Kildare. www.phoenixkildare.com

According to Assistant County Arts Officer, Eoghan Doyle ‘The Phoenix Music Venue caters to new and emerging bands and will be an ideal venue to host the 2010 competition. I’m really looking forward to the competition and can’t wait to see Kildare bands battle it out on the stage for a coveted slot at Oxegen 2010.’

Semi finals will take place in The Phoenix Music Venue on Friday 21st and Friday 28th of May.

Successful bands will then go on to battle it out on Friday June 18th in The Phoenix Music Venue, Kildare town, Co. Kildare. www.phoenixkildare.com

The two successful musicians / bands from the final will receive a slot on the new band stage at Oxegen and a 3 day recording opportunity with Kildare County Council.

Tickets for the Battle of the Bands competition are €10 and available from The Phoenix Music Venue and on the night.
 
According to County Arts Officer, Lucina Russell, ’this project was negotiated by Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council, with MCD, organisers of Oxegen.  Already, it has generated great excitement among emerging bands in the county.  It is a great way for MCD to acknowledge the local support for the Oxegen festival.

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Friday 30th April 2010.

Application Form:

Click on the link below to download the application form.

Application form for the 2010 Battle of the Bands

File Size: 34KB - Document Type: MS Word

Oxegen 2009

 

Below you will find details of the 2009 Oxegen Battle of the Bands. The winners of the 2009 competition were "Seven Days" and "Box Social". View the footage from the final and Oxegen below.

While all the details of the 2009 competition are historical, their information can still be quite relevant and they are important to keep so as to document a history of Arts Development in County Kildare. If you would like any further information on any of these past projects or initiatives, please contact us at arts@kildarecoco.ie or 045 448328 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Oxegen 2009 Battle of the Bands. Finalists announced

Oxegen 2009 Battle of the Bands. Finalists announced

Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 15:05:00 BST

2007 winners Miracle Bell

 

Kildare County Council Kildare, in association with MCD and Naas Town Council, is delighted to announce details of PLATFORM V, the OXEGEN 2009 Battle of the Bands competition for emerging musicians and bands from Co Kildare.

The prize for two lucky performers/ bands is a much sought after slot on the New Band Stage at OXEGEN 2009, the Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Weekend of the Year, which takes place in Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare, from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th July 2009.

Bands that have played on the New Band Stage in the past include The Go Team, Super Furry Animals, The Magic Numbers, Editors, The Killers, Razorlight, and The Fratellis

Platform V is open to all unsigned solo artists and bands from Co Kildare, over the age of 17

The venue for the Platform V Battle of the Bands competition is The Late Lounge, the Dew Drop Inn, Kill, Co. Kildare.

This year’s competition will be launched on Saturday May 2nd in the Late Lounge and will feature music from special guests on the night

Semi finals will take place in the Late Lounge on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th of May.

Successful bands will then go on to battle it out on Friday June 19th in the Late Lounge in the grand final.

The two successful musicians / bands from the final will receive a slot on the new band stage at Oxegen and a 3 day recording opportunity with Kildare County Council.

Tickets for the Battle of the Bands competition are €10 and available from the Late Lounge.
 
According to County Arts Officer, Lucina Russell, ’this project was negotiated by Kildare County Council and Naas Town Council, with MCD, organisers of Oxegen.  Already, it has generated great excitement among emerging bands in the county.  It is a great way for MCD to acknowledge the local support for the Oxegen festival’.


Download the application form here

Closing date for applications is 5pm, Monday 27th April 2009.

Oxegen 2008

Below you will find details of the 2008 Oxegen Battle of the Bands. The winners of the 2008 competition were "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmakey and the Salads"

While all the details of the 2008 competition are historical, their information can still be quite relevant and they are important to keep so as to document a history of Arts Development in County Kildare. If you would like any further information on any of these past projects or initiatives, please contact us at arts@kildarecoco.ie or 045 448328 and we will do our best to accommodate you.

OXEGEN 08

Punchestown will rock to the sounds of two emerging Kildare Bands this year. "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmackey and the Salads" beat stiff competition at the Platform III live final in Time venue on June 5th, to win slots on the new band stage at Oxegen 08.


Now in it second year the Platform III Battle of the Bands competition offers two local band the opportunity to play on the new band stage of the largest music festival in the country. This is an exciting opportunity enabled through partnership between  Kildare County
Council Arts Service and MCD Promotions. "The Kill City Defectors" and "Schmackey and the Salads" will play the opening slots on Saturday, July 12th and Sunday, July 13th respectively.

Neil Delamare

Kildare Arts Service is excited to announce that Neil Delamare will MC this year's Platform III Oxegen Battle of the Bands Final to be held in Time Venue Naas this Thursday June 5th. Due to unforeseen circumstance PJ Gallagher had to step down for this year's competition leaving the final in Neil's very capable hands. Fresh from the Cat Laughs Festival in Kilkenny, Neil's appearance promises to make this an event not to be missed. Neil is also basking in the success of a recent sell out run in Vicar Street. The combination of one of Ireland's top comedians and the cream of Kildare's music talent ensures that this Thursday June 5th in Time: Venue is a night not to be missed.
 
This year, five bands have been chosen to compete in Time for a coveted spot on the new band stage at Oxegen this summer. Bright Light Fiasco, Lines Drawing Circles, Mary Bellos and Schmackey and the Salads and The Kill City Defectors are due to take to the stage and Thursday evening.
 
Doors open at 8:30 and the first band is due to take the stage at 9pm. Tickets €14 at the door.

Kildare County Council Arts Service, in partnership with MCD promotions, is hugely excited about the success of our Battle of the Bands competition. Kicking-off at Oxegen 07, this competition offers the cream of Kildare’s young musical talent a unique opportunity to battle it out live for a coveted spot on the new band stage at Oxegen. All applications are assessed and a shortlist is compiled. Short-listed artists are invited to perform at a live grand final where a panel of judges comprising industry professionals will decide which lucky bands will go forward to play at Oxegen.

The new band stage at Oxegen is the place to spot up and coming talent, in previous years artists such as Kate Nash, The Go Team, Super Furry Animals, The Magic Numbers, Editors, The Killers, Razorlight and The Fratellis, have taken their first steps to stardom on this very stage. The opportunity to play at Oxegen gives bands the invaluable experience of playing at one of the most regarded music festivals in Europe while exposing them to a professional environment which provides a platform on which they can be seen and heard by some of the most influential people in the music industry.

Kildare County Council Arts Service is committed to providing the very best opportunities to local musicians possible; this collaboration with Oxegen is testament to this commitment. The continuing development of the recording suite in Leixlip Library also highlights our eagerness to support local musical talent.


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My OK Hotel


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Miracle Bell