A two-day festival celebrating music of a shoegaze persuasion with an emphasis on hazy fuzz, reverb and dreamy melodies is on the cards this summer.
The Gazefest festival will take place in two different venues in two different cities this August and is being promoted by Old Crows Promotions.
Gazefest takes place in The Workman’s Club, Dublin on Friday 25 August 2023, and Oh Yeah Music Centre, Belfast on Saturday 26 August 2023 and will feature bands Wynona Bleach, Virgins and Genma in Dublin and 10 bands including The Drive, Fulvetta, Wohn, Lipgloss, Wynona Bleach, Klyda, Madams Last Discovery and Big Daisy in Belfast.
The Belfast show is 14s+, and runs from 2pm to 11pm.
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‘The Fest That Celebrates Itself’, is how the two-dayer is being dubbed, taking its tag line from a Melody Maker coined phrase ‘The Scene That Celebrates Itself’, which referred to how shoegaze bands in early 90’s London avoided traditional rivalries but instead were often seen at each other’s gigs, sometimes playing in each other’s bands, and drinking together. This is at the heart of what GazeFest is about, bringing together like minded individuals, both bands and crowd, to celebrate some of the most exciting talent across the island.
Wynona Bleach are crunchy-gaze-grunge-pop from Belfast, already signed to Fierce Panda with a sold out debut album Moonsoake under their belts. and after making a name for themselves at home they’re about to take off to play New York and SXSW festivals. Genma are relatively new to the scene but already making waves in their native Dublin having played the Next Big Thing Festival.
The second date on August 25th is the main event being held in Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast and boasts a massive 10 band line running from 2pm-11pm. Headliners Virgins toured the UK and released their debut EP ‘Transmit a Little Heaven’ through Blowtorch Records last year to accolades from press and radio a like and were a regular staple on various end of year lists. Wynona Bleach also play the Belfast date accompanied by The Drive (Cork), Wohn, Big Daisy, Fulvetta (Dublin), Madams Last Discovery, Klyda, Blue Slate (Dublin) and Lipgloss.
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