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THE STRYPES RE-OPEN HMV IN STYLE Having packed out the Electric Arena at Electric Picnic, Cavan sensations The Strypes celebrated both the launch of debut long-player Snapshot and the grand re-opening of HMV Henry Street with a typically racous in-store performance. “The excitement around the place is fantastic,” enthuses Chris Keena. Cheif Muisc Buyer for HMV. “It’s good to be back. People think the music industry has fallen off a cliff, but it actually hasn’t. There are more localbands and quallity music in Ireland than ever. You only need to look at this year’s Electric Picnic festival and the amount of briliant Irish acts on the bill to prove that. Not all of those bands have a distribution or labels or suppliers and we’re hoping to help them out with a platform to play and sell their product.”

Keena lso revaled plans to pick up from where The Strypes left off, with HMV expected to become a regular fixture in its own right. “We’re promoting Irish music from the start,” he says. “We intend to have at least one band a week playing in the stores. The Minutes, The Original Rudeboys, Picture House and Hidden Highways are just the first of many names to be confirmed. Supporting unsigned acts is something we intend to focus on. An unsigned band can now tweet us on our local HMV Twitter accounts - @HMVHenrystreet, @HMVDundrum, @HMVLiffeyValley, @HMVLimerick or @ HMVIreland - and we can look at their Youtube and send in motion a date to play in our stores. It’s important to give Irish acts a

launch pad to play and pushing their product across the nationwide stores. “Vinyl will be a big thing this time out, too,” adss Chris. “Music is supposed to be played on vinyl. A quarter of the music sold in Henry Street on the relaunch day was vinyl. It’s a good start.” HMV have also confirmed the locations of the first ‘shop-in-shops’ within the Xtra-Vision chain of stores that Hilco also aquired earlier in the year. They’re Artan Castle Dublin, Ashleaf SC Dublin, Athlone, Ballina, Blackpool, Douglas, Car=rlow, Drogheda, Dundalk, Ennis, Galway, Navan, Nenagh, Thurles SC, Tullamore, Sligo and Omagh in Nothern Ireland. Details of another eight will be announced shortly on hotpress.com, which has a full gallery of pictures from The Strypes-led re-launch.

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