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Calling Irish musicians – Your chance to perform at Irish Olympic House


Ireland has always been famous for its musical heritage and a quick look at the charts demonstrates just how important Irish music is in popular culture.

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Over the years, Ireland has produced a string of successful musicians including U2, Ronnie Drew, Van Morrison, Boyzone, Sinead O’Connor, Imelda May, The Cranberries, Shane MacGowan and Christy Moore to name a few.


Now the Irish Olympic House 2012 has linked up with The Irish Post to launch a search for the next big thing in Irish music.


We are looking for a new, unsigned Irish artist or band to play for one night at The Irish Olympic House during this summer’s Olympics.


The Irish Olympic House, located at The Big Chill House in Kings Cross London, will be the focus of Irish attention during the games, playing host to athletes and officials as well as Irish supporters and other sports fans from around the world.


Every evening, the Irish House will be showcasing live entertainment, and our winners will have the exclusive opportunity to perform for the audience on one evening during the Games.


It doesn’t matter which style of music you or your band plays, it’s all about ability to perform and entertain.


To enter the competition, please send a CD with examples of your music and your contact details to Irish House Competition, c/o THG, 11 Connaught Place, London W2 2ET or post a link at


Entries close on April 26 and finalists will be selected to play at a special showcase evening at The Big Chill House on May 12.


The winner will be chosen by audience vote that evening, and receive publicity in The Irish Post, as well as other media and at The Big Chill House ahead of the Olympics – the perfect way to kick start your career.


So get recording now, and send in your entries as soon as you can: this could be the start of your own gold medal career!




The Irish Olympic House 2012:


The Ireland House 2012 will provide a “slice of Ireland” in London during the 2012 Olympics and will be a party destination for supporters, athletes, dignitaries and members of the public throughout the competition.


It will open its doors for business on July 27 and will play host to an anticipated 40,000 people during the Games, closing on August 12.


For more information, sign up online at and follow @irishhouse2012 on Twitter for the very latest news.


Entry Rules:


The short list to perform on May 12 will be selected by a panel of independent experts.  Judges’ decisions are final.


CDs and any other material submitted cannot be returned.


All acts must be available to play, if successful, on the evening of May 12, and must be able to make their own way to The Big Chill House to perform – sound checks will take place during the day before evening performances.


Performance date during the Olympics will be agreed in association with The Irish House 2012 and The Big Chill House.


The Big Chill House will provide a standard backline and a PA system; all acts must provide their own equipment and any special requirements.



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