The Pogues Irish Whiskey Presents: A Shot at Discovery

Bottling the spirit of the UK’s best new music

Are you in the best developing rock band in the UK? This is your shot at discovery and the chance to play your local O2 Academy in our venue heats. With regional winners advancing to the final at O2 Academy Islington in London where they will get to showcase in front of music industry professionals. All bands will be expected to play a 15 minute set of original material or a three song set.

The Pogues Irish Whiskey and Academy Events will provide the winning band the ultimate artist development package:

· £3k towards new instruments

· Studio time to record an EP with members of the legendary band, The Pogues, to guest produce 

· Live performance opportunities through the O2 Academy venue estate nationwide, thanks to Academy Events

· Management services from Brontone Management (Muse, The Pogues, Pulled Apart By Horses) to help forward the winning bands' career

And this is just the beginning… The Pogues Whiskey & Academy Events will continue to nurture and develop the winning band over the next 12 months.

The Pogues Irish Whiskey - bottling the spirit of the best new music in the UK. Be The Stuff Of Legends!

 

Your regional heat finalists have been announced!

The Old Fire Station, Bournemouth (Sunday 5 March, 7pm)
• Endea
• Towers
• DD Allen
• Soulhole
• Sirpico
• Romeo & What’s Her Face
• Jawbone

The judges are: Jodie Copeland, Adam Fox, Tor Byrnes, Bert Burnell and Darren Hayward.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy Bristol (Monday 6 March, 7pm)
• Constance
• Cosmic Ninja
• IDestory
• Syren City
• The Belishas
• The Marks Cartel

The judges are: Craig Jones, Dan Chandler, George Allen and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy 2 Oxford (Tuesday 7 March, 7pm)
• Peerless Pirates
• A Way With Words
• BIGG
• The Autumn Saints  
• Garden
• Who’s Alice

The judges are: Simon Bailey, Tim Hughes, Jack Suddaby and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 ABC 2 Glasgow (Thursday 9 March, 6.30pm):
• Black Cat Bone
• Schnarff Schnarff
• The Violet Kind
• Thula Borah
• The Bar Dogs
• Real Life Entertainment
• Panic Anchor

The judges are: Chris Marshall, Chae Houston and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy 2 Sheffield (Saturday 11 March, 6.30pm)
• Femur
• Graces
• Sobriquet
• Home Wrecked
• Steel Trees
• The Blewes
• The Velcro Teddy Bears

The judges are: Graham Walker, Georgia Rawson and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy 2 Liverpool (Sunday 12 March, 7pm)
• Rival Bones
• The Protagonists
• Mad Alice
• Big Bambora

The judges are: Ian Prowse, Jay Hynd and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy 2 Birmingham(Monday 13 March, 7pm)
• The Borgais
• Speaking In Shadows
• Mr George’s Famous Last Words
• Big Ginger Kid
• Charles Dexter Ward and The Imagineers

The judges are: Rebecca Stanley, Johnny Doom, Carlo Solazzo and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

The Scholar, Leicester (Tuesday 14 March, 7pm)
• Flip Like Wilson
• Go Primitive
• Jitterz
• Royal Arcade
• Stupid Boots
• The Brandy Thieves
• The Jangles

The judges are: Nik Cookie and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy 2 Newcastle (Wednesday 15 March, 7pm)
• Edenthorn
• Better Days
• Enversa
• Hivemind
• Cactusman
• Many Moons
• Digits

The judges are: Lee Allcock, Steve Davis and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

O2 Academy Islington (Thursday 16 March, 7pm)
• Finding Kate
• Dead Man's Whiskey
• Bare Hunter  
• Fuzzwalker
• Toffees
• Cackle

The judges are: Roisin Galdelrab, Claire Macleod and more TBA.

To find out more about your heat finalists, click here.

Buy tickets for the events here.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

 

About The Pogues Irish Whiskey:
The audaciously Irish spirit from the famed Celtic punk band, The Pogues Irish Whiskey contains the legendary spirit and poetic rebelliousness of the band. Carefully crafted in small batches in handmade copper stills in Skibbereen, West Cork, the whiskey is triple-distilled and aged in bourbon oak casks for three years and a day. The Pogues Irish Whiskey has a warming aroma of malts and cracked nuts. Available at select bars across the UK and from online retailers.  

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