BUSHMILLS LIVE™ LEGACY FUND RECIPIENT SELECTED BY THIRD BAR’S GARY LIGHTBODY AND DAVY MATCHETT
‘Levity Breaks’ announced as second recipient of £5,000 fund created by Bushmills® Irish Whiskey and Snow Patrol frontman’s artist development business, Third Bar
Bushmills Village: 15th May 2014: Following the success of the inaugural Bushmills Live™ Legacy Fund last year, Bushmills Irish Whiskey and artist development company Third Bar – comprising Snow Patrol and Tired Pony lead singer, Gary Lightbody, and Davy Matchett – announced that they have selected indie rock/pop band ‘Levity Breaks’ as recipients of the second annual fund.
Bushmills Live, the handcrafted whiskey and music festival, offers a stage for established and emerging indie talent. Additionally, the festival organisers are passionate about supporting up-and-coming talent in practical terms, through this Fund of £5,000. Recognising the significance this holds for Northern Ireland talent, Third Bar’s directors Gary and Davy have pledged to curate this fund again and selected Levity Breaks as an exciting emerging Northern Ireland band.
The team at Third Bar will be working with Levity Breaks to offer advice on how to invest their fund, including recording and touring costs. Additionally, Bushmills will be lending a performance platform to Levity Breaks at this year’s Bushmills Live. They will perform alongside headliners The 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup, Tired Pony, on 12th June.
As individuals, Levity Breaks have worked with members of the Sex Pistols and previously toured with Bushmills Live friends and past performers Snow Patrol and Iain Archer. Davy Matchett, Third Bar, is a big fan, commenting: “This band is a great example of the brilliant Northern Ireland music talent around at the moment. I love watching them live, their harmonies are perfect and I’m a fan of their material on ‘Maudlin,’ their debut EP.
“Gary and I set up Third Bar together to pass on all we’ve learned about the music industry to up-and-coming artists like these guys. It is great that Bushmills is prepared to help us support this talent financially and also give them a stage at Bushmills Live. Gary will be there to perform with Tired Pony and we are both looking forward to enjoying the Levity Breaks set.”
David C Clements was awarded the Bushmills Live Legacy Fund last year and since then he has enjoyed great success. He returns to play the main stage at this year’s event. He said: “Since receiving the fund it’s been all change. Thanks to the help I’ve received I’ve been able to quit my day job and go full time as an artist and I’m just about to complete my first album. I’ve also supported Bushmills Live 2012 headliners Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran since the festival last year.”
About the Bushmills Live Legacy Fund
As a passionate supporter of handcrafted music and indie talent, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, together with artist development company, Third Bar, last year launched a legacy fund to support emerging artists.
Third Bar are the curators of this Fund and last year they selected two exciting emerging Northern Ireland artists as recipients: David C Clements and VerseChorusVerse. With the help of the Legacy Fund VerseChorusVerse launched an EP produced by Bushmills Live artist and friend Iain Archer from which his second single’s video ‘Common Prayer’ was released at the beginning of March.
Additionally, in 2012 headline artists Snow Patrol donated their performance fee to the Oh Yeah Centre, an initiative set up to help emerging artists, founded by Snow Patrol frontman Gary Lightbody. This donation was used to create Bush Gardens, an outdoor performance space at the Oh Yeah Centre, a former Bushmills bonded warehouse.
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 Levity Breaks
The band formed in mid-2010. They released their single, ‘The Floor’ (Available on iTunes) in September 2011 and released their debut EP ‘Maudlin’ on 6th October 2013. It is available through MondoTunes in all major online digital music stores.
Levity Breaks make music with pop appeal but on closer inspection there’s an unmistakable melancholy that stirs the listener profoundly. It’s this collision of light and shade that make the music so intoxicating and far reaching with songs with universal appeal.
Between the band, as individuals, they have previously toured with artists such as Snow Patrol, Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, Iain Archer, The La’s, Bell X1, The Frames, Nine Black Alps, The Ordinary Boys, Passenger and have featured at prestigious festivals such as Oxegen, T-Vital and The Electric Picnic. Members of the band have also recorded sessions for Universal Publishing under producer Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols.
About David C Clements:
David C Clements has been playing music throughout the UK and Europe more than a decade. Although his current guise has only been implemented from the beginning of last year, he previously fronted up Belfast act, Six Star Hotel. With a series of European tours, and a few critically acclaimed albums, he knew it was time for a change. He first dabbled in producing records for local acts, such as the Lowly Knights and Napoleon, but we all knew he would not stay off the road for long.
David C Clements, as a musical project, was born on 1st January 2012. Throughout the opening few months of 2012 David released three two track EPs online, which caused quite a stir throughout the industry, gaining him viral support from Two Door Cinema Club, a live session on BBC Radio One, a show at Union Chapel London, a Channel 4 advert and a plethora of local radio support.
He is completing his first album and has supported Snow Patrol and Ed Sheeran since the festival last year.
About Bushmills Irish Whiskey
With a heritage rooted in authenticity and quality, Bushmills Irish Whiskey is produced, aged and bottled at Ireland’s oldest working distillery in the village of Bushmills in County Antrim on the far north coast of Ireland. The Old Bushmills Distillery uses 100% malt barley to make triple distilled malt whiskey, which is what creates the rich, mellow and distinct flavour that is the house style. The Bushmills portfolio includes: Bushmills Irish Whiskey; Black Bush, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 1608 and Bushmills Irish Honey Spirit Drink.
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