Published on September 22nd, 2010 | by Anto0
Athur’s Day – Choosing the Our Thursdays winner
It’s undoubtedly been the biggest band competition in the country this year. 800 bands from around the country played over Thursdays throughout the summer in an effort to play alongside the biggest acts on Arthur’s Day 2010. It was with that in mind, that I travelled to Belfast to cover the final evening with 4 bands battling it out: Maud in Cahoots, Reko, Empire Saints and Dave Peyton. It’s hard to fault any band which has come this far in the competition and they all rocked Lavery’s with sizable support for all of the acts. The judging panel on the night included: Jonny Quinn and Tom Simpson from Snow Patrol, Matt Cooke from MTV as well as Niall Stokes from Hot Press.
Maud in Cahoots emerged as deserving overall winners earning them a place in the St James’s Gate Brewery lineup. Maud Reardon from Maud In Cahoots, was delighted with the news on the night, “This has been an incredible experience for us and we are so excited about getting the opportunity to perform on Arthur’s Day, alongside Snow Patrol whom we have admired for years. The day can’t come around quickly enough!”. Runners up Empire Saints will play Folan Quay, Galway, Dave Peyton in Dublin’s Olympia and Reko in Savoy, Cork. All four bands will also receive studio time, a digital release from Universal and will find themselves splashed all over the cover of Hot Press magazine in a special feature. I’ve stuck in a slideshow of the best photos below. Best of luck to all of the bands tomorrow.