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Two of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed emerging artists David C. Clements and Farriers have today been announced to play two special hand-crafted gigs as part of the global whiskey and music festival – BUSHMILLS LIVE (June 19th-20th).

Taking place on Thursday 6th June in Whelan’s Dublin and Thursday 13th June in White’s Tavern, Belfast – ‘ Bushmills Live in the City’ is a welcome gesture to local music fans looking to soak up some of the whiskey and music festival’s atmosphere closer to home.

With only 500 tickets available globally for BUSHMILLS LIVE, which will see both iconic and emerging artists share the stage for intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the historic Old Bushmills Distillery, Bushmills Live in the City is another opportunity for music fans to get a taster of what this unique music festival has to offer.

Following an electric performance at ‘Bushmills Live in the City’ in 2012, David C. Clements is set to make a return with band in tow. Since playing last year he has made the dizzying rise to sharing stages with Ed Sheeran, co-writing with Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol and performing exclusive tracks for E4 – all the while taking it in his stride and continuing to write some of the strongest soulful songs to emerge from Ireland in years.

Joining the lineup are Farriers, a Belfast-based five piece bringing their sound of Irish Traditional and American folk music to the fore. The last twelve months have proven eventful for the alt-folk quintet. The release of album ‘Years Ago In Our Backyard’ has garnered critical acclaim from local and national press, followed by a high-profile UK & Ireland tour with Glass Records’ ever-talented Foy Vance.

As part of the bill, Bushmills has also been searching for a local band to perform at these intimate hand-crafted gigs. With the help of media partners Cool FM and Daily Mirror, consumers have been asked to send links to their music for the chance to rock live at Live in the City.

Commenting on the recent announcement David C. Clements said: “Having played at Live in the City last year, I am really looking forward to making a comeback for 2013. These gigs have a great atmosphere and on the night it feels like you’re hanging out with friends and making some great music together.”

“It’s also great that Bushmills is giving local bands the opportunity to join the bill. This is a fantastic platform for up-coming acts to get noticed.”

Jennifer Kiernan, Brand Manager for Bushmills

said: “Bushmills Live in the City is a great opportunity for us to share what Bushmills Live is all about. Tickets are limited to the festival itself so ‘Live in the City’ is a great way for consumers to get a taste of the action. Tickets will be available through consumer promotions with Daily Mirror and Cool FM over the next couple of weeks so watch this space!

“This year we’re also on the search for a local band to join the bill and play in both Dublin and Belfast. We want to find artists who craft and perform their own music, just as the Master Distillers of BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey have perfected the art of handcrafting whiskey over the past few centuries.”