The Academic

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*This is a Standing Show | Strictly over 16’s only | Under 18’s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Fresh from playing one of the most talked about shows of the year at a sold out Iveagh Gardens in Dublin, Ireland’s favourite indie outfit, Westmeath 4 piece The Academic have just announced their very first headline date in Wexford, stopping off at the Spiegeltent on October 25th.

It will be 3 years in October since The Academic released their debut EP ‘Loose Friends’ and in that short space of time, they now find themselves at the forefront of 2018’s breaking guitar bands, not just in Ireland but on the international stage. Their debut album, ‘Tales From The Backseat’ which was released in January went straight to the top of the album charts, and is brimming with uplifting pop hooks, sweet vocal harmonies and youthful exuberance. There is an irresistible charm, undeniable wit, and infectious personality that shines through the band.  Leaping from mellow, artfully constructed melodic thoughtfulness into wild, explosive moments of raucous brilliance, there’s a surprise around every corner within the music and songwriting, all executed with an undeniable measure of passion and grit.


Racking up millions of streams online, selling out venues, headlining shows across the world, touring and opening for the likes of Twenty One Pilots, The Kooks, Noel Gallagher and The Strokes, it’s a far cry from the band’s early days, playing local battle of the bands competitions in Mullingar.

Back then, the rewards were simple. “The idea of just being able to play your own music to a small room full of friends was really exciting,” says lead singer Craig Fitzgerald. “It sounds like a really cliched thing to say, but we genuinely didn’t have major expectations, we have never felt pressure to be something we are not. That mindset has stayed with us right up to now, we feel fortunate and don’t take it for granted that we get to do what we love for a living.”

Commenting on the upcoming show, Fitzgerald adds “We have never played a show in Wexford so we wanted to do something for all the fans in the South East, the show at the Spiegeltent is going to be really special and we can’t wait for it”.

The Academic are completed by Matthew Murtagh (guitar/vocals), Stephen Murtagh (bass) and Dean Gavin (drums).

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October 25 2018


Date: October 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 pm
Time: 10pm
Cost: €25




Wexford Spiegeltent Festival

The Quay
Wexford, Ireland

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  • Doors open 9:15pm
  • Standing Show.
  • Strictly over 16's only.
  • Under 18's must be accompanied by an adult.

“Irish band The Academic don't write songs - they write anthems” -  Clash Music