BUSHMILLS VILLAGE, Northern Ireland, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW, LUKE SITAL-SINGH, MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS, RUBBLEBUCKET, DAVID C. CLEMENTS and LEVITY BREAKS confirmed to join THE 1975 and TIRED PONY at the festival of handcrafted whiskey and music
The full line-up has been announced for the 'Bushmills Live 2014' festival which will take place on June 12 at the Old Bushmills Distillery on Ireland's spectacular north coast, where the art of distilling whiskey has been perfected over centuries.
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A host of up-and-coming acts from Ireland, UK and America will join headliners THE 1975, along with Gary Lightbody's supergroup TIRED PONY at the world's only festival of handcrafted whiskey and music in an Irish Whiskey Distillery.
Dublin's JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW is renowned for his incredible live performances and has recently sold out the Sydney Opera House and a string of tour dates in America. The Guardian has described his voice as "rich and soulful" and asserted that his second album Post Tropical (released earlier this year) delivers "moments of magnificence."
Joining McMorrow on the line-up is English singer/songwriter LUKE SITAL-SINGH who was nominated for the BBC's "Sound of 2014". Luke's mentor is friend of Bushmills Live and TIRED PONY member Iain Archer. Luke said: "Iain and I shared the occasional Bushmills while making my debut album and he's always talked about the unique atmosphere at Bushmills Live. I'm very excited to experience it for myself!"
The winner of last year's Bushmills Live Legacy Fund - an initiative set-up to help artists' career progression - DAVID C. CLEMENTS is returning to play the main stage having toured with SNOW PATROL and ED SHEERAN recently. The winner of this year's Legacy Fund, home-grown Belfast band LEVITY BREAKS, will also perform.
Two other acclaimed artists - MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS and RUBBLEBUCKET - complete the line-up. MOJO magazine described MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS as being "like a Brit Bon Iver". The band is fronted by Matthew Hegarty and have been championed by MUMFORD & SONS, while Brooklyn-based RUBBLEBUCKET have won a Boston Music Award for Live Act of the Year.
Thousands of whiskey and music fans entered an online competition at facebook.com/bushmills to win tickets to 'Bushmills Live 2014' and the 700 lucky festival-goers are set to enjoy the perfect mix of handcrafted whiskey and music in the unique surroundings of the distillery.
Bushmills Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan said: "It's fantastic to have such a rich and varied array of talent coming to play at the distillery - from Brooklyn to Belfast and beyond.
"Excellent whiskey, enjoyed responsibly, and great melodies are best enjoyed among friends and, with that in mind, we decided that this year's festival would be curated by the artists themselves. Many of the acts performing already enjoy close bonds and are sure to strike up new ones on what promises to be a brilliant day of music. I can't wait!"
Notes to Editors
About Bushmills Live
Bushmills Live is an annual music festival which hosts both iconic and emerging artists for a series of intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the historic Old Bushmills Distillery, where the art of distilling has been perfected over generations.
Tickets to Bushmills Live are no longer available - tickets were not available for sale but were won via a competition on Facebook. To find out more, visit facebook.com/bushmills.
About 'TIRED PONY'
TIRED PONY are Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (REM), Iain Archer, Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart and producer/multi-instrumentalist Garret "Jacknife" Lee. They have released two albums: 2010's The Place We Ran From and last year's The Ghost of the Mountain.
About 'The 1975'
'The 1975' are an English alternative rock/indie band based in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals/guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums) and Ross MacDonald (bass). Their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013 and debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart.
About Bushmills Irish Whiskey
Bushmills Irish Whiskey is hand crafted in small batches for a smooth taste at Ireland's oldest working distillery, in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Old Bushmills Distillery's portfolio includes seven award-winning variants: Bushmills, Bushmills Black Bush™, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt, our anniversary edition, Bushmills 1608 and Bushmills Irish Honey Spirit Drink.
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