YouBloom is a fresh coalition of international artists and music lovers designed to help new talent develop and prosper. And in Summer 2013 (from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th June) You- bloom went to Dublin’s fair City to bring no less than 50 of the best ‘brave new music’ artists from all over the world, along with 50 local ‘brave new music’ acts who were flying the flag for Ireland. YouBloom shareholder Bob Geldof was absolutely thrilled that YouBloom was taking place in his home town. "YouBloom@Dublin is an amazing opportunity for independent bands/artists and has the potential to become Dublin's SouthbySouthWest", he said. The 100 multi-cultural and multi-genre artists were chosen from the YouBloom international platform by its A&R team, headed up by Lindsay Reade (Factory Records - Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays, 52nd Street), Producer Rupert Hine, renowned A&R man Nigel Grainge (Thin Lizzy, 10cc, The Boomtown Rats, Sinead O’Connor, World Party, The Waterboys, The Steve Miller Band) and members of the YouBloom team from Ireland, the UK, EU and US. Artists travelled from all corners of the world to play in Ireland’s bustling capital. There were performances from 14 different countries including the US, UK, Denmark, Norway, Germany, France, Spain, Gibraltar, Israel, Canada, Brazil, South Africa, Austria and Switzerland. The bands performed in five of Dublin’s best venues over the weekend, namely the Mercantile, Odessa, Workman’s Club, Grand Social and Twisted Pepper. On each night, in each venue, distinct musical flavours; be it electro, reggae, soul, jazz, metal, indie, rock or a clever cocktail of them all. There was something to please everyone’s tastes so be sure not to miss out next year!

Rupert with fellow YouBloomSpeakers/Team Members: L-R Robert Singerman, Nigel Grainge, Phil Harrington, Dave Robinson and Ralph Simon.