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Thursday 25 December 2014

Gary Lightbody's company Third Bar selects Belfast band Levity Breaks to receive Bushmills Live Legacy Fund

Levity Breaks. Photo Bradley Quinn
Levity Breaks. Photo Bradley Quinn

Belfast band Levity Breaks have been selected to receive the Bushmills Live Legacy Fund by Gary Lightbody's artist development company, Third Bar.

The Bushmills Live whiskey and music festival offers a stage for established and emerging indie talent.

Organisers are passionate about supporting up-and-coming talent in practical terms and offer a £5,000 fund for emerging for Northern Ireland talent.

This is the second year it has been awarded, following the success of the inaugural festival in 2013.

Third Bar’s directors - Davy Matchett and Snow Patrol and Tired Pony lead singer Gary Lightbody - pledged to curate the fund again and selected indie rock/pop band Levity Breaks as this year's recipients.

The team at Third Bar will be working with the band to offer advice on how to invest their fund, including recording and touring costs.

Bushmills will also give Levity Breaks a performance platform at this year’s Bushmills Live.

They will perform alongside headliners The 1975 and Gary Lightbody’s supergroup, Tired Pony, on June 12.

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, who is a big fan, said: “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."

He added: "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 fund last year and will return to play the main stage in June.

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.”

Further reading:

Levity Breaks: We're really just suckers for a nice pop melody

The 1975 to headline Bushmills Live

Distillery rocks out to music that lifts the spirits 

Snow Patrol: 'People need to miss you a bit ...'

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