An Irish record store is going that extra mile for local musicians

A LIMERICK record store recently organised a music showcase for local artists providing a space where they could play original music they have released in the last 18 months. 

The Steamboat Takeover ensured people attending were treated to a wide range of genres including folk, alternative rock and hip hop across two stages.

The event comes at a time where Limerick is making movements towards becoming better known for its culture and arts scene.

While Limerick is full of talented musicians there are few venues in the city where they can perform regularly.

Many people involved in the music scene would like to see other musical events such as The Steamboat Takeover come to Limerick on a bigger scale.

Organiser Mark Carey said: “I think that’s what we’re missing. We don’t have somewhere that’s like the Marquee in Cork where you can get a 1,000 people. Here it’s either going to the concert hall or Thomond Park. There doesn’t seem to be a happy medium”.

Mr Carey hopes that after the success of The Steamboat Takeover that there will be future events such as this one in Limerick city.

“King John’s Castle has started doing gigs which is a good venue. Ideally if we had somewhere indoors we could do events throughout the year which would be nice,” Mr Carey said

* This story and video were developed as part of an ongoing collaboration between the Irish Examiner and the Univeristy of Limerick.

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