Indie Week Ireland 2012

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  Booking 20 Sonicbids bands

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Early Pricing! - Submit to Indie Week for only $25 through October 31st!. Indie Week Ireland is unique international music festival looking for the next big European band to bring to Canada. Selected artists will receive a partial-expenses trip to perform at Indie Week Canada, VIP passes to all events and showcases, a listing on, and more. 20 of the 25 Indie Week Acts will be selected through Sonicbids./n/nJUST ANNOUNCED: Indie Week Ireland has extended their deadline to Friday, February 3, 2012. Artists who submit to Indie Week Ireland 2012 or Indie Week Canada 2012 by 11:59pm (EST) February 03, 2012 will be eligible to win an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III guitar with an estimated value of $1,200 USD (more info below).

The Canadian-produced 'Indie Week Ireland' is an annual music festival that celebrates independent Irish and Canadian music and strengthens ties within and between Dublin and Toronto's local music scenes. The festival looks for the next big European band to bring to Canada. Canadian and European cultures mingle for four great nights as top Canadian bands from Indie Week Canada tour the country alongside high-calibre European acts.

This year 20 of the festival's 25 acts will be selected through Sonicbids.

As always, industry is guaranteed to be in the room. Industry professionals from fields ranging from A&R, booking, labels, legal, management, press, and production, are hired to determine which European band is the "best of the fest." The top act from every night, as decided discreetly by the judges, performs again at Indie Week's Closing Party before music industry, who determine who will be going to Toronto in the fall of 2012 for Indie Week Canada, complete with free flights and accommodation for up to 5 band members.

Additionally, artists who submit to Indie Week Ireland 2012 or Indie Week Canada 2012 by 11:59pm (EST) February 03, 2012 will be eligible to win an Epiphone Les Paul Ultra III guitar with an estimated value of $1,200 USD (check out for more info). All acts who apply by the deadline are eligible regardless of being selected to perform or not.

In three years, Indie Week brought three bands from Ireland overseas to the Canadian festival. Those three bands have all acquired Canadian management and returned to Toronto for Canadian Music Week - all as a direct result of Indie Week.

The fourth-annual festival takes place in Dublin from May 30-June 2 2012, and showcases the best in unsigned talent, both local and international.

Indie Week is a faithful Sonicbids user; 85% of their lineup is booked this way.

Participating Venues Include:

  • Grande Social

  • Sweeney's Mongrel

  • The Mezz

Now in its fourth year, Indie Week Ireland has brought many deserving Irish acts to Toronto (and vice versa), thereby providing touring opportunities, spurring media exposure, and spawning successful working relationships with managers, booking agents, and labels.

A Word About Indie Week Canada:

It's large (15+ venues), it's rowdy (160+ bands), and it has established itself as the city's alternative, artist-friendly music festival. Learn more at

Indie week is not open to artists signed to major labels. Artists signed to indies with major distribution are however accepted.

For questions regarding requirements or anything else you can reach the promoters at

Irish act Walter Mitty and the Realists (voted best band 2008) acquired Canadian management as a result of performing at Indie Week Canada. Their success at the festival also helped them secure a high-profile showcase at Canadian Music Week 2009.

Participating in Indie Week Canada helped Limerick-band Vesta Varro (voted best band 2007) acquire a booking agent in Germany, and helped them secure spots in Canadian Music Week and Rogers Spring Music Festival.


"I think it's great and very important to have this sort of hook up. It's an awesome opportunity and we're really excited about going to Toronto."

- Niall Donnelly, Sixteen Layers

"Cutaways were thrilled to be part of such a well-run and respected event as Indie Week Ireland. It really was a unique celebration of live music and a great opportunity to showcase ourselves to various people within the industry. The atmosphere was fabulous and each act was given the attention they deserved given the quality of the bands involved."

- Ryan Simpson, Cutaways

"Bella Clava is honoured to have had the pleasure of participating in Indie Week Ireland. This experience gave our truly independent band the opportunity to embark on our first tour, performing for new audiences in a new environment which is typically unheard of for unsigned bands."

– Caitlin Dacey, Bella Clava


  • Nick Seymour (Crowded House Bassist)

  • Richard Dowling (Mastering Engineer)

  • Claire Kelly (Limerick Post)

  • Tom Nevermann (Music Publishing Germany)

  • John O'Regan (Freelance Journalist)

  • Mark O'Sullivan (Singer-Songwriter)

  • Andy Stephens (Freelance Journalist)

Press Coverage:

Cutaways, Canadian Diary #1 - BBC

Cutaways, Canadian Diary #2 - BBC

Indie Week Comes West - Galway Independent

Canada Entices Top Indie Bands - Limerick Independent

Belfast Indie band Cutaways is going to Canada - Fame Magazine

Canada Indie Week Comes to Galway
- Galway Advertiser

PaperDoll (Make Music NY Festival) - New York Daily

Indie Week Ireland 2009 - Indie Limerick

Indie Week 2009 - 2 U I Bestow (blog)

Exclusive Interview With Bella Clava From Canada - Town Full of Losers (blog) -

PaperDoll to compete in Indie Week! -

Ballad Nerd Pop! Debut album by PaperDoll - The Deli Magazine