Hunt for bands to support Duke Special

THE CultureTECH festival in Derry/Londonderry has launched an innovative partnership with Breaking Tunes, the online music portal for Irish bands and artists, which will see at least one up-and-coming band support Duke Special at a free public performance in the city.

Festival organiser, Mark Nagurski, explained: “Since we announced the Duke Special gig we have been inundated with bands from across Ireland keen to get on the bill. One of the reasons we’re organising the festival in the first place is to showcase great talent so we’d love to give a young band or act a chance to support such a successful Northern Irish artist. Partnering with Breaking Tunes to make it happen was an obvious choice as we have already found and researched several acts through the site, including White Collar Boy, REID and Last Days of 1984.”

Bands and artists who are already registered on the Breaking Tunes website can apply directly and those that aren’t yet registered can sign-up for free at The closing date for applications is August 6 after which one, or more, acts will be invited to support Duke Special at an outdoor concert on Saturday, September 1 in Derry city centre.

Additionally, at least three acts will be invited to play a showcase event as part of the festival, with CultureTECH covering their travel and accommodation costs.

The CultureTECH festival takes place August 29 - September 1 in Derry/Londonderry and features an industry conference, film screenings, games tournament and live music events across the city. Further information and tickets are available at