Blizzards, Republic of Loose and The Flaws

Story by Tom Kelly

Tuesday, 26th May, 2009 12:00pm

For a great musical line-up, check out the Portlaoise Heritage Hotel on Friday, May 29 when three amazing Irish bands join forces, including The Blizzards, The Flaws and Republic of Loose.

The Blizzards need no introduction, with double platinum album sales, two sold-out headline shows at Dublin"s Ambassador, two Meteor Music Awards for Best Live Act, The Blizzards have achieved one of the most impressive rises to the top in just four years.

A Public Display Of Affection"s platinum success speaks for itself - though it doesn"t hurt to mention that the punk pop anthems "Trouble", "Miss Fantastia Preaches" and "Fantasy" were three of the biggest singles of 2007, both in terms of sales and radio play. Yet the group are down-to-earth enough to know that there"s always room for improvement, which they"ve addressed head on with their blistering sophomore album Domino Effect. This amazing group will also support Oasis at Slane this summer but you can catch them first in Portlaoise"s Heritage Hotel.

Also performing on the night are Monaghan four-piece The Flaws and Dublin"s Republic of Loose.

The Flaws released their debut self financed EP in the summer of 2005. The four track EP won a host of admirers with tunes like "Sixteen", and "Idolise", which was quickly followed by national airplay all on all major radio stations.

A hugely successful set at the 2005 Hard Working Class Hero"s festival saw them hailed as one of the top three bands of the weekend in the Irish Times and helped them garner support slots with the likes of Nine Black Alps and Nada Surf.

Republic Of Loose are a collective of like-minded souls with a loose aggregation of influences and inspiration. But they"re not some funkateers from LA, Memphis or Philadelphia. This is a bunch of white Dubliners on the musical razzle.

Their album Aaagh! reached number two in the charts and garnered two nominations apiece for the prestigious Meteor and Choice Awards. Meanwhile, mesmerising live performances led to tour supports with The Neville Brothers, The Thrills, The Zutons, Scissor Sisters, Alabama 3, Fun Lovin" Criminals, Snow Patrol, The Roots, and Dilated Peoples, plus festival appearances at Glastonbury, T In The Park, The Fleadh, Oxygen and the Transmusicale, Nice Jazz and Furia Sound festivals in France

Tickets costing €33.60 per person are available now on www.ticketmaster.ie or from hotel reception on Tel: 057 8678588.

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