Local Kilkenny band Reko blew away the competition in Cork to take their place in a national showpiece with the chance to win a support slot with Snow Patrol.
Reko are one of four bands to have impressed the judges in the search for an Irish band to perform on the same stage as Gary Lightbody and Co at Guinness’s now annual Arthur’s Day celebrations on September 23.
After 800 hopeful acts took to stages in local pubs across the country in recent weeks in the ‘Our Thursdays’ competition, the four winners who will advance to the national final in Belfast on September 9 were announced last week.
Regional showcases were held in Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Galway on August 26, with the Kilkenny band victorious in Cork, impressing a panel of judges made up of industry experts.
The four-piece electronica act have steadily been making a name for themselves since the release of their debut single ‘Stop My Eyes’ earlier this year, reaching number 50 in the Irish charts.
Made up of Kevin Broderick (instruments, production ), Stephanie Coady (vocals ), Aine Mahony (synth ) and James Walsh (drums ), Reko are currently working on their debut album, which they hope to release in October.
And now they are also eyeing a prominent place on the bill for the Arthur’s Day celebrations which includes names like Snow Patrol, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Brandon Flowers, David Gray, Kelis and much more.
Reko will play the ‘Our Thursdays’ national showcase in Belfast next week alongside Maud in Cahoots, Empire Saints and Dave Peyton where three acts will be chosen to play at official venues in Cork, Galway, and St James’s Gate in Dublin.
The best three bands on the evening will also receive studio time, a digital release with Universal and significant press coverage, including the front cover of Hot Press magazine in a special ‘Our Thursdays’ feature.
For more information on Reko visit myspace.com/rekoproduction