Ballyfermot Rock School Presents:
Rock School End-of-Year Gigs’
The Ballyfermot College Rock School students are set to take over the Workmans Club on
Dublin’s Quays this March and April for their annual end of year gigs. This year’s Rock School
mini festival entitled “Ragnarok” in honour of the Norse mythologies fabled ‘End of Times’. It is
set to take place over three consecutive Thursdays – 28th March, 4th April and 11th April 2019.
The Rock School BCFE showcase gigs started in 1989 and since then have been held in
venues throughout Dublin including Whelans, The Village, The Grand Social and now The
Workmans Club. The idea is to showcase up and coming original Irish songwriters and bands.
Artists who have benefited hugely from these gigs in the past include Damien Dempsey, Mundy,
Wallis Bird, Fiach Moriarty, Megacone, Junior Brother and many more. The gigs will be filmed to
a professional standard by BCFE’s own TV students, giving each artist promotional footage to
help them in their career development.
Speaking about this year’s festival, Vanessa Kelly, a student at BCFE Rock School said: “These
gigs are a unique opportunity to showcase the talent that is growing and thriving in the creative
community of Ballyfermot Rock School. This year we hope to provide three different musical
experiences at each gig, in as many different styles as we can. I don’t think we can fully
encapsulate how much it means for us to have a forum to share what we do with the general
public. Everything you will hear at our gigs encapsulate our life experiences, our world
perspectives, and being able to share that with an audience is an experience none of us will
forget, and hopefully neither will you”.
The Rock School at BCFE is the original and most successful Contemporary Music
Performance course in Ireland and one of the first of its kind in Europe. It’s aim is to prepare
musicians for the professional music industry as writers, performers, instrumentalists, arrangers
and producers. Vanessa added: “In my opinion, there’s something magical about the Rock
School that you don’t find elsewhere. Together with our tutors, we create an atmosphere that
promotes creativity. This creative atmosphere is very inspirational and feeds the songwriting
process. There’s no better feeling than hearing crowds sing those songs back at you; it makes
you feel unstoppable.”
With a mini-festival vibe and with music from a wide range of genres, Ragnarok 2019 promises
to be an exciting series of gigs with almost 100 original Irish songs being showcased by original
Irish artists over the three nights.
Doors 8:00pm: Show starts 8.15pm sharp
Tickets €5 (On the door – €7); Student ID