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Supergroup 'TIRED PONY' Added to Bushmills Live™ Line-up

BUSHMILLS VILLAGE, Northern Ireland, April 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --



Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (REM), Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian) and multi-instrumentalist, writer and producer, Iain Archer to perform at festival of handcrafted whiskey and music 

Tired Pony, the critically-acclaimed supergroup created by Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody, were today confirmed to appear at the intimate 'Bushmills Live' festival on Ireland's north coast on June 12, 2014. It will be the band's first ever performance in Ireland.

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Lightbody's appreciation of country music led to him calling on his friends within the music industry to help him make an album and TIRED PONY is the result. The band features Lightbody; REM's Peter Buck; Belle & Sebastian's Richard Colburn; and fellow artists Iain Archer; Jacknife Lee; Scott McCaughey and Troy Stewart.

'Bushmills Live 2014' will be headlined by breakthrough British act 'The 1975' with more acts still to be announced. Whiskey and music fans will be invited to the Old Bushmills Distillery on June 11-12 for the world's only festival of handcrafted whiskey and music in an Irish whiskey distillery. 700 festival-goers will witness emerging and iconic artists sharing the stage for a series of intimate gigs in age-old buildings, where the art of making whiskey has been perfected over centuries.

The 'money-can't-buy' festival tickets are not on general release. Instead, whiskey and music fans can win the chance of enjoying the unique Bushmills Live experience, to include flights and accommodation, by entering a draw at facebook.com/bushmills.  The draw closes on April 28 (April 18 in Russia).

Bushmills Irish Whiskey Master Distiller Colum Egan said: "I'm delighted that Gary is coming back to the distillery along with Tired Pony.  Tired Pony have had special guests perform with them in the past. Who knows who will turn up in June?

"This year's festival is shaping up to be the best yet. The combination of excellent whiskey, appreciated responsibly, among friends and great music can't be beaten. It's why we started Bushmills Live in the first place."

Notes to Editors 

Bushmills Live is an annual music festival which hosts both iconic and emerging artists for a series of intimate gigs in age-old buildings at the historic Old Bushmills Distillery, where the art of distilling has been perfected over generations.

Competition: 

The Facebook competition is open to people in:

Portugal, Germany, Russia, USA, Latvia, Estonia, Poland, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland.

From each country, one winner will win a pair of tickets to 'Bushmills Live'.

Keep up with Bushmills Irish Whiskey at: Facebook: facebook.com/bushmills
Twitter: @BushmillsGlobal

About 'TIRED PONY' 

TIRED PONY are Gary Lightbody (Snow Patrol), Peter Buck (REM), Iain Archer, Richard Colburn (Belle and Sebastian), Scott McCaughey, Troy Stewart and producer/multi-instrumentalist Garret "Jacknife" Lee. They have released two albums: 2010's The Place We Ran From and last year's The Ghost of the Mountain.

About 'The 1975' 

'The 1975' are an English alternative rock/indie band based in Manchester. The group consists of Matthew Healy (vocals/guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), George Daniel (drums) and Ross MacDonald (bass). Their self-titled debut album was released on 2 September 2013 and debuted at No. 1 in the UK Albums Chart.

About Bushmills Irish Whiskey

Bushmills Irish Whiskey is hand crafted in small batches for a smooth taste at Ireland's oldest working distillery, in Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland. The Old Bushmills Distillery's portfolio includes seven award-winning variants: Bushmills, Bushmills Black Bush™, Bushmills 10 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 16 Year Old Single Malt, Bushmills 21 Year Old Single Malt, our anniversary edition, Bushmills 1608 and Bushmills Irish Honey Spirit Drink.

About Diageo

Diageo is the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, with its products sold in more than 180 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people and its brands, visit http://www.diageo.com. For Diageo's global resource that promotes responsible drinking through the sharing of best practice tools, information and initiatives, visit http://www.DRINKiQ.com.

SOURCE Bushmills Irish Whiskey

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