Following the success of the inaugural Bushmills Live™ Legacy Fund last year, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and artist development company Third Bar – comprising Snow Patrol and Tired Pony lead singer, Gary Lightbody, and Davy Matchett – announced that they have selected indie rock/pop band ‘Levity Breaks’ as recipients of the second annual fund.
Bushmills Live, the handcrafted whiskey and music festival, offers a stage for established and emerging indie talent. Additionally, the festival organisers are passionate about supporting up-and-coming talent in practical terms, through this Fund of £5,000. Recognising the significance this holds for Northern Ireland talent, Third Bar’s directors Gary and Davy have pledged to curate this fund again and selected Levity Breaks as an exciting emerging Northern Ireland band.
The team at Third Bar will be working with Levity Breaks to offer advice on how to invest their fund, including recording and touring costs. Additionally, Bushmills will be lending a performance platform to Levity Breaks at this year’s Bushmills Live. They will perform alongside headliners The 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup, Tired Pony, on 12th June.
As individuals, Levity Breaks have worked with members of the Sex Pistols and previously toured with Bushmills Live friends and past performers Snow Patrol and Iain Archer. Davy Matchett, Third Bar, is a big fan, commenting: “This band is a great example of the brilliant Northern Ireland music talent around at the moment. I love watching them live, their harmonies are perfect and I’m a fan of their material on ‘Maudlin,’ their debut EP.
“Gary and I set up Third Bar together to pass on all we’ve learned about the music industry to up-and-coming artists like these guys. It is great that Bushmills is prepared to help us support this talent financially and also give them a stage at Bushmills Live. Gary will be there to perform with Tired Pony and we are both looking forward to enjoying the Levity Breaks set.”
David C Clements was awarded the Bushmills Live Legacy Fund last year and since then he has enjoyed great success. He returns to play the main stage at this year’s event. He said: “Since receiving the fund it’s been all change. Thanks to the help I’ve received I’ve been able to quit my day job and go full time as an artist and I’m just about to complete my first album. I’ve also supported Bushmills Live 2012 headliners Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran since the festival last year.”
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