In late 2014 word started spreading throughout the flatlands of Westmeath, a small county in the middle of Ireland, about these 4 young kids who played really fast and short sets that sometimes just fell apart but sometimes was pure magic to witness. No frills just short, sweet and straight to the point.

Ireland’s newest indie-rock sensation have had an incredible 18 months. From playing a ‘Battle of The Bands’ competition at their local school, the band have emerged as one of the most exciting live acts on the music scene. With an already impressive live resume which includes a long list of sold out headline shows, appearances at some of Europe’s most high profile festivals as well as opening slots for acts like Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Academic have also been a firm favourite with the online blogosphere reaching No.3 on Hype Machine, amassed millions of streams online and have also had widespread international radio play including support from BBC Radio 1 in the UK (Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Phil Taggart).

The Academic Links: Soundcloud | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Bear Claws’ below:

Plus support from SEA GIRLS

Sea Girls, seagulls, get it? You’d think this summery quartet with a sound that gives a nod to the best of British indie like Catfish & The Bottlemen, Nothing But Thieves and The Amazons would be from the depths of Torquay or the far reaches of a Cornish beach, with enough seaside vibe for an arcade pier. But you’d be wrong. Sea Girls are a four piece from Leicestershire and Kent who are starting to make a name for themselves… a very large stone’s throw away from the nearest stretch of sea.

Sea Girls: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Lost’ below:


Abbie McCarthy is the go-to-girl for the best new music recommendations, presenting BBC Introducing in Kent every Saturday night from 8pm. Abbie has discovered and championed a vast array of great acts thus far, including the likes of Slaves, Everything Everything and Jacob Plant.

You’ll now hear Abbie McCarthy covering shows on BBC Radio 1, most recently standing in for Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart.

Abbie McCarthy Links: Facebook | Twitter