The very first show opened with relative unknowns [url="http://www.myspace.com/thebenjaminsband"]The Benjamins[/url], and they return to the UITA stage this month bigger and better than ever. Having grown from a 2 piece to a 5 piece over the years they have evolved from sparse-indie-pop to a more mature, well rounded folk-pop outfit. One notable fan is [url="http://www.dukespecial.com"]Duke Special[/url], who asked them to support him on his Irish tour last March. Radio support and IMRO showcases have helped propel the band into the music loving publicís hearts.
Bringing a bit of magic and sparkle to the UITA stage is the always quirky and highly entertaining [url="http://www.myspace.com/katieandthecarnival"]Katie and the Carnival[/url]. Katie Richardson will be better known to most as the female voice of country-folk group The Delawares, but since their split last year she has proven herself as an excellent performer in her own right. Now singing regularly with [url="http://www.myspace.com/sevensummitsni"]Seven Summits[/url], Katie also caught the eyes and ears of the aforementioned Duke who asked her to perform with him at this yearís Meteor Awards.
Rounding off the night with a bit of a boogie-woogie, Bruised Fruit favourites [url="http://www.myspace.com/straitlaces"]Strait Laces[/url] will be providing the tunes for a disco-dance-party into the wee small hours.
As well as all that great music, Bruised Fruit have turned the idea of a birthday party on its head and will be giving away presents rather than receiving them! UITA Vol. 8 CD will be given away free on the door and features tracks from some of the bands that have graced the UITA stage in the last 6 months. We have exclusives from Yes Cadets, Strait Laces, Sparks Fly, Seven Summits and Ablespacer amongst others.
Doors open at 9pm and admission is £5
For more info go to www.bruisedfruitpromotions.com