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Music Cork opens for business in May

A new music conference is set to take place in Cork later this year

Wed, Jan 25, 2017, 09:52


Is Ireland ready for a third music industry conference? Following on the already established Output in Belfast and Hard Working Class Heroes in Dublin, Music Cork will take place in the southern capital from May 10 to 12.

Headquartered at the Clayton Hotel in the city and organised by Shane Dunne from the Indiependence festival, Music Cork bills itself as “a unique opportunity in Ireland to listen to the best industry professionals talk about their work and experiences, see the best new talent perform and enjoy plenty of opportunities to network with speakers and delegates over 3 days of intimate social gatherings and shows”.

While the website has very little additional information on the event, emails sent to various Irish music industry people to drum up interest offer far more details. “We’ve already confirmed some great speakers for the event including one of our Key Note Speakers, Darcus Beese, President of Island Records.

“In addition to Darcus, we’ve also got agents of the calibre of Geoff Meall (UTA/Muse), Steve Zapp (ITB/Biffy Clyro) and Josh Javor (X-Ray/Coldplay), people who understand publishing like Martin Toher (B-Unique) and Tommas Arnby (Locomotion) as well as manager of Kodaline and Stephanie Rainey, Ricardo Zambak, Adam Barker, Director of Business Affairs for Universal Music UK, Rebecca Allen, Managing Director of Decca and Marc Robinson, Managing Director of Globe.”

In terms of the live music element of the event, Music Cork will be “showcasing a small selection of new Irish artists in a series of shows over two days, combining the newest talent and some of the great new acts already emerging from the Irish scene, providing an opportunity for the very best Irish artists to be seen by the high calibre of international industry professionals attending. It will also be a great opportunity to be showcased as part of an event that will be a new focus for the best of the Music Industry in Ireland.”

The email also states an early bird ticket price of €110 and full price of €155 for the event.