Three of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed emerging artists David C. Clements, Farriers and Little Bear took to the stage last night for an intimate and special handcrafted gig as part of the global whiskey and music festival – BUSHMILLS LIVE (June 19th-20th).
Hosted in White’s Tavern, Belfast, the event was a special preview gig ahead of Bushmills Live to celebrate up-and-coming music talent in Northern Ireland, as well as give local music fans the chance to soak up some of the Bushmills Live festival atmosphere a little closer to home.
BUSHMILLS LIVE is a global event that celebrates indie artists, both established and emerging – artists who craft and perform their own music, just as the Master Distillers of BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey have perfected the art of handcrafting whiskey over the past few centuries.
Headlining ‘Bushmills Live In The City’ was David C. Clements – one of the first recipients of a £20,000 fund created by Bushmills Irish Whiskey and Snow Patrol frontman’s artist development business, Third Bar. Having given an electric performance with band in tow, Dave continues to make waves in the music industry – sharing the stage with Ed Sheeran and co-writing with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol being just some of his highlights from the past year.
Belfast-based five piece, Farriers, were also part of the line-up as their sound of Irish Traditional and American folk struck the perfect chord for music enthusiasts.
Completing the bill, Derry-Londonderry foursome Little Bear took to the stage, having recently played at a BBC Introducing show as part of the Radio 1 “One Big Weekend”. This up-coming foursome were winners of Bushmills talent search, fighting off stiff competition from hundreds of other entrants to earn themselves a spot on the ‘Bushmills Live in the City’ gig roster – playing in Whelan’s Dublin the previous week.
Jennifer Kiernan, Brand Manager for Bushmills said: “’Bushmills Live in the City’ has really captured the true essence of our global festival, Bushmills Live, and we’re so delighted to have been able to share the experience with music fans in both Belfast and Dublin. David C Clements and Farriers really set the tone for this gig and our chosen local band Little Bear was a fantastic addition to the lineup.”
BUSHMILLS LIVE, takes place between 19-20th June and will see both iconic and emerging artists such as Of Monsters and Men, Jake Bugg and Foy Vance share the stage for intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the historic Old Bushmills Distillery.
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