Call goes out for next generation of Limerick bands

Former winners PowPig at the 2018 Limerick Heats of the Irish Youth Music Awards

THE next generation of Limerick bands are  being given their chance to shine with an invitation to to take part in the regional heat of the Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs).

Limerick Youth Service (LYS) is hosting the event at Lava Javas Youth Café, Glentworth Street on Thursday, February 16 from 4 to 8pm and is now on the lookout for teenage singer-songwriters and musicians to take part.

The competition is open to singers/rappers, bands and groups from all musical genres, with two acts (best performance and best song) chosen to represent LYS at the National Finals in Dublin in mid-May.

Youth worker with Lava Javas Youth Café Shelly Goggin says the IYMAs are a great opportunity for young musicians and those interested in all aspects of the music industry, to gain experience of the live music scene.

“As the event is solely for original content, it’s a great opportunity for acts to showcase their own lyrical and musical talent. We’d love to hear from young people who would like an opportunity to perform on stage and possibly progress to an All-Ireland event,” she said.

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Limerick has a vibrant youth music scene and has enjoyed great success at previous IYMAs with Laura Duff, Detention the Band and PowPig, just some of the local acts who have competed on the national stage.

As part of this year’s IYMAs, Lava Javas Youth Café, in partnership with Music Generation, is running a song writing and music production workshops for beginners every Thursday.

The IYMAs is a youth music educational programme that supports, developing musicians that provides hands-on music-based education, personal development and key links to the music industries.

Those interested in the music workshop or taking part in the IYMAs should log on here

Wild Division on stage at Lava Javas Youth Café