Sea Sessions launch party

SS12 poster

Shane here from the Sea Sessions press team.  It’s been a busy few weeks as we get ready for our Galway, Belfast, Cork and Lahinch tour with Heineken, whilst last week we had the official festival launch in Dublin at the Workman’s Club.

It was a double-day of work for me as I was also hosting my Ocean FM show; “Ocean Drive”, from my old studio at Dublin’s Q102, where I worked for 11 years up to last Christmas. Being designated driver for the day I picked-up Sea Sessions organiser Daniel at midday, and we hightailed it up the M4. Luckily the roads between Dublin and the West are really good now and we made it in good time, so your trip to Bundoran this June shouldn’t take you too long!

Having not been at my old workplace for three months it was a bit weird walking in there, but was made feel welcome the minute I got in. My radio show kicked off at 4pm live back to Sligo and by 7pm it was all over, with one or two mentions of Sea Sessions and why we were in Dublin in the first place!! Myself and one of my best mates, Shane, made the short journey into the city centre, picking up Marty Miller from Radio Nova on the way. When we got there I was stoked to see such a huge crowd – certainly bigger than last year’s – all having the craic and supping drink from the generous free bar, compliments of Bacardi, RedBull, Barefoot Wines, along with Sea Sessions branded Heineken bottles; something to watch out for during the festival weekend!

Heineken Sea Sessions Bottle - Very Rare!

The Workman’s was transformed by Sea Sessions launch posters, injecting a funked-up Summer vibe into its cool surrounds.

Sea Sessions 2012 line-up and Tour posters

Once we had all been fed tasty fish and chips, Daniel made a short speech welcoming everyone along, and thanking them for their support of the festival, now in its 5th year.

One of the Sea Sessions organisers Daniel Brown

Everyone was buzzing about what the festival has to offer, and were particularly looking forward to the newly introduced Sea Sessions Tour with Heineken, or as we like to call it – the Pre Sessions.  A photographer from was on hand snapping photos for their website which you can see here, along with our own photographer whose pictures are up on our Facebook.  I haven’t missed a Sea Sessions launch yet, but I’d my buddies Shane, Bianca and Conor with me for this one too to make sure our hometown of Bundoran was represented in style.

Shane Smyth, Bianca Carlin Rosanio, Conor Flannery and Shane Campbell

It was great seeing The Coronas there too; headliners on the Saturday night of Sea Sessions, so I grabbed Danny for a quick interview for my next day’s show, which you can check out below.

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Danny and Conor from The Coronas

Once it all wrapped-up, myself and organisers Daniel & Pete headed for the hills, finally seeing Bundoran around the 2am mark.

Stay tuned for more updates from the press team; afterall, Sea Sessions IS Europe’s biggest surf music festival!!

Red Bull Bedroom Jam finalists Stonefree joined Ocean FM’s Karen Spellman on ‘The Wave’


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The lads played 3 tracks live on air, including their debut single ‘Into the Night’, had a chat about competing in Red Bull Bedroom Jams first Irish competition, filming with the Red Bull Crew, their hopes of playing this year’s Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival & some general messing in the Ocean FM studio.

Stonefree made their debut over six years ago and have been a constant, much loved and memorable feature of the North West music scene ever since. Their live show has the reputation of being exceptionally interactive, with the band members’ energetic and charismatic performances getting the entire audience dancing and singing along to every tune the band performs. Stonefree have already acquired a unique and large fan base, which religiously follows them around the country and sometimes outside of it. Having just returned from a European Tour, their first single “Into The Night” is promised to be a huge hit.

Stonefree are:
Stephen Mc Gurrin on lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Garry Doherty on lead guitar and vocals
Callum Condron on bass guitar and keyboard
Thomas Campbell on drums

“Stonefree have been turning their amps up to 11 for the last six years, garnering comparison’s to the Foo Fighters and other hard rock heroes. Their live shows are high-energy, interactive affairs with the band known to get up close and personal with their audience while never missing a beat”
– Hot Press Magazine
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