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The Music Show was officially launched, today Wednesday, 26th August by Irish superstars THE SCRIPT. To mark the occasion, the Dublin trio participated in a Special Public Interview conducted by Hot Press’ Stuart Clark, in front of invited guests at the Westin Dublin. The event offered a preview of the type of entertaining, educational and highly informed discussion that can be expected during the panels and seminars at The Music Show, Ireland’s ultimate music event, which rolls into town this October.

Welcoming the event, Martin Cullen TD, Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism who spoke at the launch said: “The creativity and vibrancy of the Irish music industry has a long and successful tradition both at home and abroad, whether on stage or in the production and recording area. Our culture and the popularity of all kinds of music produced in this country also has a very positive impact in promoting Ireland as a tourist location and enhancing further the reputation of our country’s creative endeavours. The Music Show provides a contemporary showcase to display all that is great about music in Ireland.”

The Script are the most successful new band to emerge from Ireland in years, with their self-produced debut album going eight times platinum in Ireland – where it has been in the charts for over a year and is currently No.1 – and platinum in the UK, where it also went to No.1. The band have just returned to Dublin for five sold-out shows at The Olympia Theatre.

Music fans of every persuasion are in for a huge treat when The Music Show makes its eagerly awaited return to Dublin. The largest event of it’s kind ever to be staged in Ireland, The Music Show comprises a live stage of the hottest home-grown talent, Ireland’s biggest ever exhibition of musical instruments, as well as seminars, panels, workshops and public interviews, all taking place over a fun-filled weekend in the RDS Main Hall, Dublin October 3rd & 4th.

2008 saw over 10,000 visitors attend The Music Show, and this year’s event is gearing up to be even bigger and better. Among those already lined up to participate include:

Simple Minds frontman Jim Kerr; the inimitable Christy Moore; Nicky Ryan, producer and manager of the world best selling Enya; world renowned concert promoter and Mean Fiddler founder Vince Power; one of Ireland’s most successful songwriters ever, Paul Brady; director of the Academy Award winning My Left Foot, Jim Sheridan; Once director John Carney, who counts Steven Spielberg among his fans; acclaimed documentary filmmaker Philip King; agent Steve Strange, whose X-Ray Touring outfit looks after the likes of Eminem, Pixies, Green Day, Robbie Williams and Snow Patrol; the remarkably talented Irish indie hotshot and multi-instrumentalist RSAG from Kilkenny; visual artist and record producer Nick Seymour, the Australian bass player with the hugely successful Crowded House; Ruth-Anne Cunningham, the young Dubliner who has emerged as one of the hottest songwriting properties in the business, infiltrating the charts here with her own ‘Take Me Away’ as well as co-writing hits for the likes of Jo-Jo, American Idol runner-up Katherine McPhee and, most recently, new British teen sensation Pixie Lott; and Gemma Hayes, the Mercury Prize-nominated and Meteor Award-winning singer songwriter, whose songs have been used in both ER and Grey’s Anatomy.

More names will be announced over the coming days.

Also participating this year will be ace drummer Carlos Hercules. Carlos has been at the top of his game for more than 20 years. He has with some of the worlds most influential and iconic music legends including reggae superstar Jimmy Cliff, The Eurythmics, Lulu, Beverley Knight and most recently George Michael and The Waterboys. Carlos, who has also worked with hot pop acts like Kelly Clarkson (American Idol winner), Heather Small, Emma Bunton, Mel B and Westlife, will give what promises to be an extraordinary master-class in drumming.

Among the acts on the live stage at this year’s event are Imelda May, Republic of Loose, The Coronas – who will be aiming to be at No.1 in Ireland at the time of the show with their album Tony Was An Ex-Con, set for release in the final week of September – and The Brilliant Things.

Sharon Corr, who recently played the Glastonbury and Isle of Wight festivals and is currently storming up the UK radio play charts with her new single ‘It’s Not A Dream’ will also be making a very special appearance at The Music Show. Meanwhile, top 2fm DJs will be broadcasting live from the event, adding to the buzz and sense of excitement.

“It’s shaping up to be a really brilliant weekend,” comments Hot Press editor, Niall Stokes. “Last year’s event was a fantastic success and this year is going to be even better. Lots more big names will be added to what promises to be a fascinating weekend of live music, exhibitions, master-classes, conversation and debate. We have some really exciting surprises in store.”

The interview with The Script was followed by a Jameson drinks reception.

For more information please contact Mark Hogan on (01) 241 1500 / (087) 696 4235 or email markhogan@hotpress.ie

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)