Derry bands set out on three month tour of the North

Riot Upstairs.
Riot Upstairs.
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Three young Derry bands - Riot Upstairs, Shoot the Messenger and Lost Avenue - are embarking on a three-month Northern Ireland tour.

Caolan Moore and Jake Smith from Riot Upstairs and Shoot the Messenger booked the tour independently with no budget. “We have been booking these shows since January after being inspired by a programme in the Nerve Centre called Set the Stage” explains Jake. “After putting on a show in the Nerve Centre last December we felt like we were ready to book our own.”

Caolan said: “We are really excited to announce these shows. We have spent so much time planning them and it will be a great experience to get out there!”

Additional support on some dates will be from relatively new Derry band, The Clandestines. “It’s great to have The Clandestines with us on this tour” said Jake. “Since they are a new band this is a fantastic platform for them to get a good following and really kick-start their journey in music.”

Starting this Friday at Bennigans, they will visit Portrush, Derry, Drumahoe and Buncrana before finishing it off in Belfast’s Oh Yeah Centre in April.