The Empire Lights
Ireland, County Cork
The Empire Lights debut single Momentum available now on Itunes:
The Nokia Music Store:
If you want a physical copy you can get it here:
Music Zone in Carrigaline, Douglas Village SC and Douglas Court SC,
Zhivago's in Galway,
Tower Records Dublin!
In April 2012 The Empire Lights released their debut single 'Momentum' which has been described as 'the kind of song you would hear on an O2 ad'. Momentum peaked at number 12 in the iTunes charts, debuted in the top 50 Irish singles Charts, reached over 45'000 views on their Official Music Video and received nation wide radio play. Accompanying their single release, The Empire Lights performed a Headlining tour across Ireland. Previous to their release, The Empire Lights built their own recording studio, set up their own record label and management company and built a fanbase into the thousands on facebook, youtube, twitter and other social media sites. As stated by Hot Press Magazine in February 2012, they are the 'creme de la creme' of up and coming bands in Ireland.
"I could tell when I first heard momentum that it is going to be a hit. Great song." - Niall Stokes, Founder and Editor of Hot Press Magazine.
"You have a great image. Anything is possible! Keep at it and you'll make it.' - Louis Walsh
"I listened to your music and I like it greatly. The Empire Lights rock.' - Oliver Sweeney, Hot Press Magazine
“Fantastic band! They are great live and their single ‘Momentum’ is brilliant. Definitely check them out.” - Ash Keating, live on RedFM
"World class!" - Connector TV
"What a voice! Sultry, sexy, bluesy and powerful." - Limebase
"As good as anything else on the radio" - Colm O'Sullivan, RedFM
"Best gig I was at in a long time!!" - Caroline, Friday Meltdown 98.3FM
"I ABSOLUTELY LOVE your music! I'm now excited to hear more! The people at the station and the listeners will love it. " - Emma Wright, UCC College Radio about their first ever radio play of their single Momentum.
"She may have had record offers from the likes of Sony and Universal Germany, but Australian singer Sarah Star felt the lure of the Irish music scene too strong to resist. There, she joined with bassist Barry, drummer Ronan and a rolling cast of guitarists to form ‘The Empire Lights’, a project that pulled their disparate influences together (Michael Jackson, Thin Lizzy, Coldplay) in a remarkably cohesive manner… Seductive soul sits alongside skyscraping guitar solos. Chris Martin pianos jostle alongside vintage funk. 'Don't Rush A Good Thing' is an excellent starting point. Kings of Leon fronted
by a Ronette anyone?"
Hotpress, September 2011
"The rise of Cork trio The Empire Lights has been impressively rapid. Their debut single 'Momentum' reached No. 12 on the iTunes download charts, and went top 50 in the Irish single charts. But then singer Sarah Star, auburn bombshell and dyed-in-the-wool Aussie, is genuinely a star in the making."
Interview with Hotpress Magazine May 2012
"The Empire Lights wowed one and all with their polished pop-rock. Music fans hit the ferries back to Cobh with their song 'Momentum' ringing in their ears as they left this most unique venue." Review of the first ever Spike Island Festival, September 2011.
TIME LINE OF EVENTS:
*May 2011 - Built their own recording studio from the ground up.
*May 2011 - Recorded first demos and put them online - were instantly picked up by radio stations and TV stations.
*June 2011 - Had their first gig.
*July 2011 - Played their first festivals.
*August 2011 - Set up their own management company.
*September 2011 - Got a fantastic write up by Ireland's leading music magazine 'Hot Press Magazine'.
*September 2011 - Played the regional finals for Arhurs Day and IMRO Showcase Tour.
*October 2011 - Played the Best of IMRO Showcase Tour.
*November 2011 - Their demo 'Momentum' was featured 4 times in the RTE show 'The importance of being what ever'.
*December 2011 - Recorded 2 singles at Grouse Lodge Recording Studios.
*January 2012 - Set up their own record label.
*January 2012 - Appeared on Balcony TV and came number 2 in the worldwide Balcony TV Charts
*February 2012 - Shot their first music video to their debut single.
*February 2012 - Was selected by Hot press Magazine and fans who voted them as one of the best emerging bands in Ireland.
*March 2012 - Received their first radio play for their single 'Momentum'
*March 2012 - Announced the release of their single, official music video and tour
*March 2012 - Released the official music video to Momentum to over 10'000 views
*April 2012 - Released their debut single Momentum and peaked at number 12 on the iTunes charts and debuted in the top 50 in the Irish singles charts
*April 2012 - Performed a headlining tour across Ireland
*May 2012 - Performed a school tour
*June/July 2012 - Preparations for debut album
*August 2012 - Performed in the Big Top Tent at Indiependence Music Festival
*November 2012 - Trip to London
*CURRENT* - In Pre production for debut album
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