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May 07, 2008

Competition to select two Kildare bands to perform at Oxegen 2008

Kildare County Council Kildare, in association with MCD, is delighted to announce details of PLATFORM III, the OXEGEN 2008 Battle of the Bands competition for emerging bands from Co. Kildare.

The prize for two lucky performers/ bands is a much sought after slot on the New Band Stage at OXEGEN 2008, which takes place in Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co Kildare, Fri 11, Sat 12th and Sun 13th July.

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

The successful bands will also have the opportunity to avail of a mentoring programme where they will work with a music professional so they have the technical know how and support to make the most of this amazing opportunity. Kildare County Arts service is delighted to place their state of the art recording facilities in Leixlip Library at the lucky bands disposal! 

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

The Platform III Battle of the Bands competition takes place in Time : Bar +Venue, Naas, Co. Kildare on Thursday 5th June 2008, 9.30pm.   MC for the Platform III competition is comedian PJ Gallagher, of Naked Camera fame. 

Tickets for the Battle of the Bands competition are available from Time  €14
According to Acting County Arts Officer Eoghan Doyle, “Kildare County Arts Service and MCD, are delighted to be hosting the 2008 Battle of the Bands competition in time, bar and venue, Naas. The competition, now in its second year, shows real commitment on behalf of Kildare County Council and MCD towards the development of young musicians in County Kildare. The added bonus of using the recording suite in Leixlip library truly makes this a wonderful opportunity for the lucky performers,”

Application forms are available below:

For more information contact Kildare County Council Arts Service, Riverbank, Newbridge, Co Kildare. 

Tel:  045 448318, E mail:, or see 

Closing date for applications is Monday 26th May 2008, 5pm

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