Kinlough band Rollin’ Empire are in with a chance of playing at Ireland’s biggest music festival, Electric Picnic, after being longlisted as part of RTÉ 2fm’s Play the Picnic with Oxfam competition with their track Coming for You & I.
The Kinlough blues rock trio consists of Stephen McGurrin (songwriter, vocals and guitar), Callum Condron (songwriter, bass guitar and keyboards) and Thomas Campbell (percussion and vocals).
They were chosen along with 29 other artists and bands from hundreds of entries nationwide and are now calling on the people of Leitrim to vote for them between now and Friday 24th July in a bid to make the shortlist of ten in the final stage of the competition.
If shortlisted, Rollin’ Empire will win a coveted live set on Oxfam Ireland’s Oxjam tent at the Electric Picnic in Stradbally Estate, Co. Laois, from 4th-6th September 2015 and will get to stay on after their performance and soak up the atmosphere with weekend camping tickets for all band members.
Their winning track will also be played on the national station from Thursday 30th July to Wednesday 12th August in a public text vote competition to find one overall winning act.
The overall winner will go on to play The Cosby Stage, gaining even more exposure, and win two masterclasses with some of the best in the industry – Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn and 2fm Director of Music and Sound Mark McCabe.
To vote for Rollin’ Empire to make the competition shortlist, visit http://www.rte.ie/2fm/ or www.oxfamireland.org/playthepicnic before Friday 24th July.
Oxfam Ireland’s Laura O’Leary, who coordinates Oxjam, said “We’re delighted to be part of a competition that will see 10 up and coming Irish acts play at one of the largest music festivals in the country.
“By supporting home-grown talent, the people of Leitrim will also be raising awareness and vital funds for Oxfam’s work worldwide, such as our current emergency response in Nepal, long-term development projects and campaigning.”
Get voting for the Kinlough lads!