While at the OXEGEN music festival, Ireland in 2007, friends Shane, Joe and Callum decided they wanted to BE on stage â€“ not in front of it and thus Bipolar Empire was born! They approached Mark Maguire, a talented guitarist, songwriter and longtime friend â€“ and Bipolar Empire became a quartet. Their folk-infused rock and roll sound and tight stage performances swiftly began to win fans â€“ and as the live shows developed so did their fanbase. Last year, the band were fortunate enough to win a Hot Press competition to find an unsigned band to play the 2010 St. Patrickâ€™s Day Festival in Trafalgar Square alongside Kila , John Spillane & The Coronas. The boys wowed the massive London crowd â€“ with the prestigious slot winning them lots of UK fans! They then went on to perform at Oxegen, a dream come true, playing to a packed out 2FM Hot Press Academy Stage. Driven by the momentum of a fantastic summer, the band finished recording their debut album, co-produced by legendary Pat McCarthy (REM, Madonna, U2, Counting Crows) and Lance Hogan (music producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist who has worked with some of the industry's top names: U2, Sinead O'Connor, KÃla, Dead Can Dance, Horslips, The Dubliners.
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