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The Academic’s ‘My Very Best’ head to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with ’80s indie power-pop aplomb

The Academic’s ‘My Very Best’ head to Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival with ’80s indie power-pop aplomb


Mullingar band The Academic dropped a new single ‘My Very Best’, the latest single to be released ahead of their their forthcoming album and EMI debut Sitting Pretty, which is released February 10th.

‘My Very Best’ is a fun slice of ’80s indie power-pop, with the band’s heartfelt sentiment underscored by a video featuring footage from the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival.

“My Very Best is a song about coming up short. We wanted to write something that could encapsulate the heavy heartedness and cruelty of feeling like you can’t emotionally provide a relationship with what it needs to survive. The song explores the inner turmoil and feelings of inadequacy this realisation can bring.”

The song was produced by Nick Hodgson (Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa) at London’s Snap Studios.

Sitting Pretty is an album about navigating life in your 20s; the uncertainties and the ever-shifting sense of self.

“It’s about the entrance into true adulthood and how that can alienate you from yourself, making you feel like you’re playing a supporting role in your own life. In one moment feeling 100% certain about everything, only to become overwhelmed with feelings of aimlessness and lack of direction in the next.”

The Academic Live:

UK dates

10th February – Glasgow, Barrowlands

11th February – Manchester, Albert Hall

23rd February – Birmingham, O2 Institute

24th February – London, Shepherds Bush Empire

EU dates

27th February – Hamburg, Molotow Musikclub

28th February – Berlin, Pratchwerk

1st March – Munich, Orange House

3rd March – Paris, La Boule Noire

4th March – Amsterdam, Bitterzoet

5th March – Brussels, Botanique Witloofbar

6th March – Cologne, Helios 37

Tickets available here

The Academic online:

Website | Instagram | TikTok | Twitter


  1. Pushing Up Daisies
  2. Don’t Take It Personally
  3. What’s Wrong With Me
  4. My Very Best
  5. This Is Your Life
  6. Homesick
  7. Heartbreak’s Where It’s At
  8. Do What You Want
  9. Step My Way
  10. Let Go Of My Heart
  11. Right Where You Left Me
  12. Rain
  13. Buying Smokes

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