The Music Show 2009 3rd & 4th October at RDS, Dublin

Performers, Public Interviews, Panel Discussion and Exhibitions:  The Biggest Celebration of the Irish Music Scene
3rd & 4th October at the RDS, Dublin

A stunning array of top music performers and industry experts is scheduled for The Music Show 2009 at the RDS, October 3rd and 4th.  The Music Show combines the biggest ever exhibition of musical instruments, equipment and technology  with a selection of live music showcases, workshops, seminars, discussions, artist interviews, music product launches and exhibition displays from well-known Irish and international names.

Top rock band The Blizzards have been added to a star-studded bill that already includes Imelda May, Republic of Loose, The Coronas, Director, Delorentos, Villagers, David Kitt, The Brilliant Things and the cream of Ireland’s emergent music talent.

Another popular attraction will be The Rory Gallagher Exhibition, presented by Fender in association with XMusic. This will mark a tribute to the legendary Irish rock hero, who is widely regarded as Ireland’s most influential guitarist of all time. Pride of place will go to his trademark Fender Sunburst Stratocaster 1961 which he used throughout his 30-year music career, including 11 studio albums and countless concerts, and which cost him only $100.

A series of Public interviews will be a main feature of the show and aims to give the audience a deeper insight into the personalities and crucially the artistry of leading performers. Among those who will be interviewed about their life and work are Oscar winner Glen Hansard (Saturday 3), and Christy Moore (Sunday 4). Both artists will have guitars to hand.  Horslips legend Johnny Fean, ace drummer Conor Guilfoyle  and bassist Keith Duffy of The Corrs, Westlife and Boyzone fame, among others, will host instrumental workshops at the Show.

A series of panel discussions will cover such controversial and key topics as illegal file-sharing, the future of music, the relationship between music and cinema, song-writing and music production.  These events will include  rare and exclusive appearances from such industry luminaries as David Arnold (James Bond film composer), Nicky Ryan (Enya producer), producer John Reynolds, Jim Kerr (Simple Minds), James Morris (Windmill Lane founder), Barry Devlin (Horslips bassist and U2 video producer), Jim Sheridan, May Kay (Fight Like Apes), Vince Power, Ossie Kilkenny, Nick Seymour (Crowded House), indie artist  RSAG and Bill Whelan (Riverdance), among many other music industry heavyweights.

Ireland’s largest ever exhibition of musical instruments, accessories and equipment will see a host of new product launches.  These launches include; Roland’s introduction of six new products; Marshall amps World Premiering their new MA series  and the ingenious and Irish-developed iTab player, which will also receive its world premiere. Yamaha’s full range will include two silent pianos, and the Walton’s Distribution stand will feature the legendary Gibson and Epiphone brands.

Speaking at the launch of The Music Show line-up last month, pop sensations The Script were lavish in their praise for the event. Said guitarist Mark Sheehan, “We didn’t have anyone to explain anything about music to us when we were kids. The Music Show breaks it all down. You get to put questions to people in the industry. Whether it’s writers or producers – pretty much anyone who has success in this game, you get to quiz them and talk to them.”  The band’s singer Danny O’Donoghue added that he wished The Script had access to a resource such as The Music Show when they were starting out.

Music fans can also look forward to a plethora of public appearances, autograph sessions and impromptu live sessions – including a special guest performance from Sharon Corr – at the RDS on October 3rd and 4th.

Additional Information
The Music Show, RDS, Dublin. Sat 3rd and Sun 4th October 2009.
Access All Areas Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.ie
Advance Ticket Prices: €12 (one-day), €16 (weekend)
Family tickets allow entry for 2 adults and up to 4 children: €28 (one-day), €36 (weekend)

The Music Show Presents AFTER DARK at the Academy Saturday 3rd October

The Music Show presents in association with Hot Press, After Dark – a showcase of some of the top Irish indie acts – featuring David Kitt, Noise Control,The Deans and O Emperor. The gig will be followed by the infamous Death Disco with BP Fallon & special guest, Saturday 3rd October. Tickets priced €12 incl. booking fee.

The Music Show which takes place at the RDS, 3rd & 4th October will take proceedings well into the night at The Academy with a special event featuring the hottest indie acts in Ireland.

The Music Show takes place, all day, at the RDS, Dublin on October 3rd and 4th. It includes: Ireland’s biggest ever exhibition of musical instruments, equipment and technology; Live stage featuring leading Irish bands; The Rory Gallagher Guitar Exhibition; Instrumental Masterclasses; Public Interviews; Panels and Debates – and much more.

Visit www.ticketmaster.ie for tickets

For full details on The Music Show see www.themusicshow.ie