Creating & producing innovative & unique projects and programmes for youth services since 2007.

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Saturday 15th June – 12.00pm – 8.00pm

Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 2024!

Three separate Festival events with 6 stages, music workshops and special guests from Ireland, The Netherlands and the UK!

Naas – County Library – Outdoor Festival 5.00pm to 8.00pm

Blanchardstown – Milennium Park – Out Door Festival – 4.00pm to 8.00pm

Mullingar – Clarkes Venue – 1.00pm to 8.00pm

With massive interest from young bands and solo artists to play at this years’ Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg, there are still some slots available.

Artists aged 12 – 18 are invited to join in this exciting event, which will see full outdoor festival stages set up in Naas County Library, Millenium Park in Blanchardstown and in Mullingar we will be taking over Clarke’s Venue for the day!

All events will be filmed and broadcasted across all Garageland Platforms including Instagram, TikTok, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter.

With live performances, workshops and special guests featuring some acts are already confirmed – Sonny Hardman (X- Factor UK, The Voice UK, album with Will I Am), Harry Mold (London based Singer Songwriter), Robbie White (Presenter and actor in Netflix show Heartstopper), our own Teagan Nolan, Epilogue, Urban Hours, Earthmover, Brinda Irani and much more TBA!

Closing date for interest is Friday 24th May – if you would like to put an artist forward please email us at and simply say YES GALAXYZ 24. We will get back to you.

Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg is a legacy project working with Creative Ireland, Fingal CoCo, Kildare CoCo, Westmeath CoCo, Music Generation, Feachtas Óg, Mezzo Music Academy – Supported by RTÉ.


Emotions Run High at Ukrainian Irish Youth Music Event Sunrocks & Shamflowers!

Emotions were high on Saturday 9th December 2023 as Sunrocks and Shamflowers delivered a set of beautiful performances from young Irish and Ukrainian musicians in a night of superb collaboration.

Many months in the making, this event showcased the beauty of integration across the cultures in a way that surprised many, with individual performances and group collaborations bringing large numbers of young people together in a shared project.

The finale of the evening was stunning, with the Ukraine Forever Choir playing alongside Ceolteoirí Cluan Tarbh and the entire ensemble of players from the evening, brilliantly led by 14 year old Teagan Nolan in a gripping version of Creep by Radiohead, and an almost heartbreaking version of Zombie by The Cranberries, complete with the Ukrainian call of the final chorus, all led by Garageland’s own Dermot Lambert.

In attendance were many dignitaries and officials from the Dept of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth and from City of Dublin Youth Services, as well as the Ukrainian Ambassador.

Well done to everybody who took part in this fabulous project!


Garageland Teen Spirit is a Major Success!

Garageland Teen Spirit, a pilot series of shows for younger artists creating opportunities for not just the young artists, but also for a variety of venues, to use the evenings for some exciting live shows!

Supported by The Dept of Tourism Culture Arts Gaeltacht Sports and Media – Night Time Economy Unit.

We were supposed to put on six shows featuring a total of 18 acts, but instead we ended up with almost 40 acts across nine shows!

With live audiences of around a thousand people, featuring almost 100 individual artists, and with an online reach of over 100,000 already, Garageland Teen Spirit has blown up!

Thanks again to the wonderful artists with great performances from Fionn Whelan, Thanks Mom, Dopamine, Mya Foley, Teagan Nolan, Caitlin C Mason X, Novendors, Deception, Amplifi, The Mullingar Music Jammers, JSPR, JCSN, Reverie, Ballyfermot Crew, Gra Mna, Eabha O’Keeffe, Madison Smith, Luke Smyth, Dami O, Robert Mulligan, Urban Hours, Lemon, Birds aren’t Real, Apollo, Epilogue, Antam, Ritalin, James Fennell, Reverie and many more! Well done everybody!

Garageland Teen Spirit. Autumn 2023. Big News for Youth Music!

Garageland, Supported by the Dept of Tourism Culture Arts Gaeltacht Sports & Media is currently planning a nationwide series of Night Time Gigs for artists aged 12 – 24.

With a reputation already for creating and staging opportunities for young artists, ranging from the Nationwide Festival Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg to The Irish Youth Music Awards, the Garageland crew are now creating a nationwide circuit for teenage bands and artists called Garageland Teen Spirit.

Garageland Teen Spirit shows are planned for November and December 2023.

Any artists aged 12 – 24 interested in playing Garageland Teen Spirit should reply to this post, or email us at simply saying ‘TEEN SPIRIT ARTIST’.

Any venues interested in finding out how to host Garageland Teen Spirit should reply to this post, or email us at simply saying ‘TEEN SPIRIT VENUE’.

Any youth organisations or schools interested in finding out how to join us at Garageland Teen Spirit should reply to this post, or email us at simply saying ‘TEEN SPIRIT PARTNER’.

Venues confirmed include

Saturday 11th November – The Sugar Club Dublin

Friday 24th November – The Stables Mullingar

Saturday 25th November – Toales Venue Dundalk

Thursday 30th November – HMV Henry Street Dublin 1

Thursday 30th November – McHughs Venue Drogheda

Saturday 2nd December – Tramway Theatre Wicklow


Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 2023 hits Athlone.

Saturday 10th June 2023

What a day!

The Civic Square in Athlone was buzzing all day to the tunes of over 100 young musicians from the ages of 12 upwards!

With acts as diverse as Mya Foley, Ewan McAdam, The Athlone Youth Orchestra, Mullingar Music Jam, Deception, KCD, Freya O’Neill, Avalon All Stars, Harry & Sachin, Mia & Amy, this day has exceeded all of our expectations!

The talent in the Midlands is well and truly on display today, and the sun finally came out too!

Thanks to all of the partners, supporters, and of course the young musicians who made this day so special!

Garageland HQ

CDYSB & Garageland celebrate ETB Day – 1st March 2023.

Highlights from our amazing time at ETB Day, with young people from all over Dublin coming together in music and art to celebrate the great wealth of talent that our brilliant young people of Dublin have to offer – what a day!!


Youth In The City! 11th December The Sound House Dublin.

Garageland in partnership with the City of Dublin Youth Service Board presents Youth In The City

Sunday 11th December

The Sound House – Dublin 1

Doors 1.30pm

Featuring young artists from all over Dublin and beyond, this ALL AGES show celebrates the return to live music in one of Dublin’s prime rock music venues!

MC’s by Hannah and Aoife from Feachtas Óg

with performances from Grá Mná, Emmie Whelan, Chloe Burke, Temi NLA, Chloe Harris, Darian kavanagh Keating, Killian Keating, MC Samra, Ashley Fagan, Olivia Ross, Brianna Burke, Ceoltoiri Chluain Tarbh, Leigha Lovett, Gavin Gilligan, Rahella Justina, and special guests Mallratz.

This show is being filmed for broadcast across all Garageland and CDYSB platforms.

In Partnership with City Of Dublin Youth Service Board, with Feachtas Óg, SWAN Youth, SWICN Youth, Finglas Youth Resource Centre, Bradóg, CCRYS, Bluebell Youth

Supported by RTÉ & IMRO

Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 11th June 2022

Garageland Galaxyz – Strategic partnership with Creative Ireland – Supported by RTÉ

Garageland Galaxyz is for the new generation- The biggest ever Youth Music project designed by the Garageland Team – designed during some of the most challenging times in living memory – designed for this new Ireland – we believe in inclusion for all of Ireland’s young musicians – it’s A Safe Space To Shine!

In a wave of excitement and anticipation, Garageland can announce the full line up for Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 on 8 different stages and online…

Online show starts at 9.00am and all Galaxyz Live Stages all go live at 12.00pm

Castleblaney – Iontas Theatre – Orla McDermott / KCD / The Violet Lamps / more to be announced! Special guests Hudson Taylor / Harry Mold (flying in from UK for us!) Also live workshops with Krista Hamilton for 2 x Youth Theatre workshops, Daragh Slacke and John Cummins & Padraig Conaty will work with young people to write a song and film it there and then! Presented by Bronagh Joyce and Conall Sheehan

Dublin – National Concert Hall – The Floats / Anna Kearney / INSUBS / Mondaze / Parallex / Fulvetta / Fiona Cassandra / Corey Lacey / Taylor Hayes / Jack Brett. Presented by Shannon Keenan

Kerry – St John’s Church Listowel – Young artists include Lillie Foley / Dan Phelan / Gabriel Falvey / Ruby Falvey / Trina B & Mikey / Killarney School of Music Stageworks with more TBA… Special guests Fuzz Gigolo, Craig Cooney and Queenless Kings – Also live workshops with Fluttertone Promos and Craig Cooney – Presented by Dermot Lambert

Meath – Ashbourne Library – Young artists include Ruby Moss / Luke Martin / Fionn Whelan / Bethany Sugatan / Amplifi / Also live workshops with Hawke, Mel G Productions and Veronika Sardiko – Special guests Hawke

Tipperary – Rockwell Music Academy – Cahir – Michael Pollard / Jack Tiernan and lots more to be announced….

Wicklow – North Beach Skate Park Arklow – Young artists include Florence Road / Fionn Vigors / Róisín Vigors / Ewan Macadam / Kingdom / Bobby Dowling / Aoife Reilly / James Fennell with more to be announced! Also live workshops with The Beardfire Project and special guests Crispr Kid – Presented by John Byrne

Waterford – Cultural Quarter – Mixing Spirits – The Shed – More TBA – Presented by Roddie Cleere

Donegal – Regional Cultural Centre – Letterkenny – Jessica McKean / Raeem & Elroy / Cora Harkin / The Aphades / White Rose / Owen Ferry / with Special guests Boy M 5

Workshops – Jay Dickson on Drums / Declan McCafferty on Songwriting

Presented by Kyle O’Neill

Online  at – With over 50 more artists appearing on the online broadcast, Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 2022 is now the single biggest event of it’s kind for young musicians in Ireland! Alannah & Juliet Pierce / Bobby Dowling / Calum McKenna / KCD / Cora Harkin / Aftershock / Electric Seaweed / Róisín Vigors / Fionn Whelan / Fulvetta / Insubs / Gabriel Falvey / Ruby Falvey / Hannah, Holly, Luke & Rama / HiT / Amplifi / Japanese Swordfishing / JohnLeo / Michael Pollard / Nicolaas Waale / Orla McDermott / Patsy Jo Culleton / Ruby Moss / The Floats / Trina B & Mikey / Violet Lamps and lots more…

Special Music Industry Online Workshop with Will Ryan (Manager Hozier, The Coronas, Moncrief) / Liza Geddes (PR for Snow Patrol, Villagers, Pillow Queens) / Willie Kavanagh (Chairman of IRMA, former head of EMI Records Ireland) / Jackie Hayden (Co-founder of Hot Press Magazine, signed U2) / Presented by Dermot Lambert / Ayanna Church / and Hannah & Aoife from Feachtas

Special Guests Moncrief, Swordfist, Crispr Kid, Fuzz Gigolo, Harry Mold, Hawke and more to be confirmed….

  1. Cavan / Monaghan – Iontas Theatre – Castleblaney – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  2. Donegal – The RCC Letterkenny – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  3. Dublin – The National Concert Hall – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  4. Kerry – St Johns Listowel – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  5. Meath – Ashbourne Library – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  6. Tipperary – Rockwell Music Academy – Doors 11.30am – 6.00pm
  7. Waterford – Waterford Cultural Quarter – 11.30am – 6.00pm
  8. Wicklow – North Beach Skate Park – Arklow – 11.30am – 6.00pm

Garageland in strategic partnership with Creative Ireland, and supported by RTE announces Garageland Galaxyz at Cruinniú na nÓg 11th June 2022, an unprecedented day of performances, activities and engagements for young musicians aged 12 to 19.

With live performances from music venues in 8 different locations, we will also broadcast pre-recorded videos from young artists artists from their homes, youth clubs, schools.

Special guests on Garageland productions are always a treat (last year we had Gavin James, Inhaler, Power of Dreams, Picturehouse) and our music industry guests are always a must (Sheena Madden, Edison Waters, Paddy McPoland, Billy McGuinness from Aslan)

If you are aged 12 – 19, in a band, musical group or a solo performer of any genre, and you’d like to take part, please email us at simply saying ‘YES Galaxyz’ and your County (YES Galaxyz/wicklow etc), and our team will be in contact.

In all cases, we will need to engage with parents/ guardian / appropriate adult.

Closing date for YES emails Monday 16th May 2022.


UNrestricted Mic – Take Back The City – Wednesday 30th March 2022!

After two whole years of Restricted Mics – Garageland and City of Dublin Youth Service Board are delighted to announce UNrestricted Mic – Take Back The City.

An evening of live music from young artists aged 12 – 18 at The Sean O’Casey Theatre in Dublin, live streaming as an online TV show, with pre-recorded video performances included in the fun.

Expect performances from The Base in Ballyfermot, SWAN Youth, Ballymun Regional Youth Resource to name just a few!

Watch it live or watch it online!

Wednesday 30th March 7.00pm Seán O’Casey Theatre East Wall Dublin 1


Looking back on Restricted Mic – Online and on RTE 2XM at 7pm 20th December 2021

In June 2020, Garageland and the City of Dublin Youth Service Board, supported by RTE, broadcasted the first episode of what would become an immensely important and influential project for young musicians in Covid Lockdown in Dublin and beyond. The ‘Restricted Mic’ series has now delivered over 10 episodes of music from young artists, engaging over 1,500 young people and their friends and families, and engaged with over 20 youth clubs and projects. We have inspired the creation of over 100 music videos, and the writing of over 50 original songs. This show is a look back across the project, with input from some of the young people involved, and some of the youth workers and producers. Well done to to everyone involved in this amazing project! A Happy Christmas and a happy and safe New Year to you all! XX


Restricted Mic is Back! Friday 29th Oct 2021 at 7.00pm on

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water!….. Friday 29th October and Monday 1st November at 7pm on all Garageland and City of Dublin Youth Service Board Platforms!
Following hot on the heels of Garageland Lockdown Live on Tour, we are delighted to raise the roof again with Restricted Mic Autumn 2021!
A two hour Special Featuring Young musicians from all over Dublin and beyond!
To tune in simply go to – simple!
Happy Halloween!

What an astonishing day that was!

And a Letter from President Michael D Higgins!

Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg 2021

This is a little 4 minute video to say thank you and well done to all of our performers and helpers on Sat 12th June 2021.
Kicking things off with Beth and Adam Buttimer from Rockwell Music Academy, we have a snippet of every performer from the day – ending things with Sam Walsh’s beautiful version of What A Wonderful World, and a letter from President Michael D Higgins.
74 Young Acts across 11 Episodes!
165 Young individual performers
108 Videos from Young Acts
8 Music Industry Workshops
Total Screentime 12th June 8hrs & 20mins (!)
With Very Special Guests – Gavin James, Picturehouse, Power Of Dreams, Fuzz Gigolo, Mum’s The Word
8 Music Industry Workshops with top industry professionals including Edison Waters, Sonya Murphy Lyons, Billy McGuinness, Sheena Madden, Breffni Banks (IMRO), Dave Browne, Craig Walker, Paddy McPoland
8.5 hours of broadcasting on 12th June
With great support from our strategic partners Creative Ireland, and supported by RTE, the project was delivered at more than twice the size of its original plan.


It’s Heeeeeeerrrrreeeeee!

We simply can’t believe this day has arrived!

Almost 100 young acts are taking part, with some REALLY special guest (some are still secret, even now), and workshops from some of the most influential music industry giants to ever be seen in the same place on the same day!

Starting at 10.00am Saturday 12th June – we kick off Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg 2021 – right here at!!

See NEWS for full line up poster!


Announcing Extended Line-up For Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg 2021!

It’s almost here! Spark up the barbie for a giant day of music and cool workshops!

With an overwhelming response from young musicians from all over Ireland, we are delighted to announce that we have more than DOUBLED the line-up for Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg 2021!

Starting at 10.00 am on Saturday 12th June, this monster online event will feature over 90 performances of artists of all ages and genres, broadcasting across multiple online platforms from and on RTE 2XM

Performances from .. Amber Lilly Maher – Amy Rigney – Anna Kearney – Alexandra Vozza – Binath Neththasinghe – Ballymun Regional Youth Resource – Ciara Lennon – Clare lambert & Nevan Lyons – Conor McPartlin – Club Óige Feachtas – Daniel McEnteggart – Depoint – Don’t Tell Mum – Dylan Shortt – Eoin Devereux – Fiona Cassandra Vargas – Fuze – Finglas Youth Resource Centre – Gwenaella Noval – Hannah Mcfadden – Japanese Swordfishing – Jay El & Maria – John Leo – Joshua Regala – Katelyn Harrington – Kayleigh Berry – Kerry-Ann McCreery – Lillie & Jean Foley – Lisa Price Song School – Lithium Lounge – Luke Whearity – Mezzo Music Academy – Muireann McDonnell – Mod se7en –  Nathan Clynes – Private Idaho – Public Warning – Rockwell Music Academy – Rolling Scones – Sadhbh & Susie – Shauna Samra – Sophie Healy – Soundstrand – The 78’s – Taylor Dowling – The Floats – The Monday Jam – The Flies … More artists To Be Announced…

Music industry workshops featuring the cream of the Irish Music Industry include Edison Waters and Ailish Toohey (Collective Management), Paddy McPoland (legendary tour manager, currently with Clannad and Sinead O’Connor), Billy McGuinness (Aslan), Sheena Madden (Amplify Agency), Breffni Banks (IMRO)

Songwriting Q&A’s with Dave Browne (multi award-winning songwriter with Picturehouse) and Craig walker (Power Of Dreams, The Avener, Booka Shade).

Special guests will be announced closer to the day, and we can’t wait to tell you who we have joining us!

Watch Garageland at Cruinniú na nÓg on these platforms


Garageland rocks CDYSB again as major online events are planned for 2021

Just Say Yes – and the Crew will contact you!
Calling all young musicians!
Garageland with The Irish Daily Star, RTE and City of Dublin Youth Service Board is thrilled to announce another special edition of Garageland TV to be shown on
Featuring young musicians from all over Dublin, this project is one of many that Garageland is promoting to help young artists who are especially affected during the difficult times with the Covid lockdown. In this episode, we also celebrate the rise and rise of Inhaler, currently riding high on USA TV, who did all their first gigs with Garageland, supported by The Irish Daily Star!
If you are a young musician, and if you’d you like to take part in any of the exciting projects planned during the summer, simply write the word ‘YES’ to and the Garageland Crew will get in touch with you.
We are also inviting any young person interested in working with these artists, as photographers, Instagrammers, TikTokkers, guitar techs, drum techs, programmers to get in touch in the same way – just say ‘YES’ to – and the crew will contact you!’

Restricted Mic Series in partnership with CDYSB – June / Oct / Dec 2020

City of Dublin Youth Service Board has teamed up with Garageland to create yet another great initiative for young artists. Restricted Mic is an online project designed to raise the spirits and focus young creative and artistic minds. At 7pm on 2nd and 9th November the show features young musicians (and some very special guests) playing songs from their homes, clubs and projects in the best Covid lockdown fashion. Supported by RTE, The Irish Daily Star, IMRO and, City of Dublin Education Training Board and the dept of Children Equality Disability Integration and Youth


Garageland All Ages at The National Concert Hall  – 2020

Just before lockdown on 7th March 2020, live at The National Concert Hall with Mezzo Music Academy and a number of Dublin Youth Clubs and Projects. This show was filmed and has been shown on Garageland TV on The Irish Daily Star website.


Cruinniú Na Nóg with Dublin City Council – 2019

Cruinniú na nÓg Young Musician Showcase with Garageland and Dublin City Council in Liberty Park, Dublin, Sat 15 June featuring Lavengro,  Magazines, Stolen City, Soundstrand, Michaela Murphy, Vincent Comerford, Keith Mulligan & SWICN Youth. This was a great day for all, with Lavengro travelling all the way from Derry to appear as special guests, having just signed a record deal with Coda Records UK. Magazines had just released their first single, and Stolen City had just finished their Irish tour, so it was a great day for the younger artists to share the stage with these more experienced artists. The weather was lovely too, so you can’t ask for more than that! Thanks to Creative Ireland and Dublin City Council for including Garageland in this great initiative.

INDY City Youth Music Festival – July 2018

In the first of it’s kind, we staged a monster Festival smack bang in the middle of Temple Bar, featuring 35 acts, including young artists who were poerforming for the first time ever, alongside luminaries like Christy Dignam, Dave Browne, Paul Walsh (Royseven) and many more – complete with hot dogs! What a day!


Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) Created and directed by Garageland’s Dermot Lambert

  • In July 2007, Garageland’s Dermot Lambert designed a unique programme which included opportunities for young people to play and create music, while also gaining an education on a broad range of real world skills. Youth Work Ireland

    Dermot Lambert & Clara Lambert upon receiving a special award from Youth Work Ireland for his success with creating and developing the IYMAs, based entirely upon the Garageland 7 Steps Up Programme – April 2013

    commissioned the project in September 2007.

  • The programme included training in music performance, song writing, Recording & Studio Production, Artist and Project Management, Studio Production, Expressive Performance, Vocal Coaching, Percussion Workshops, Guitar & Piano Workshops, Photography Workshops, Design Workshops for Album Sleeves and posters etc, Image Workshops for bands and artists, as well as legal and financial advice.
  • Bringing in top personnel and musicians from the Irish Music Industry to engage directly with the young people, with Q&A sessions, providing Education, Motivation.
  • Working with youth workers all over Ireland, North and South,the programme fostered team building and inclusion for all participants, working to a brief of zero exclusion, and constantly hitting and surpassing targets.
  • This programme became hugely successful over the 7 years under the direction of Dermot Lambert, and it still continues to date.

The Big Sparkles with CDYSB

  • We’ve had the great privilege to co-create these super special shows shows for young people with the Arts Office for City of Dublin Youth Services Board. These shows usually feature approx 200 young people onstage, and our role is one of overall production, direction, liaising with youth workers, venue, technical staff and amazingly talented young performers!
  • ‘Now That’s What I Call The Big Sparkle’ (Dec 2017)
  • The Big Sparkle Christmas Edition’ (Dec 2015)
  • The Big Sparkle Shine On’ (May 2014) – All ‘Big Sparkle’shows in The Helix O’Mahony Hall, and all featuring as many as 200 young people onstage throughout performances!

Garageland at The Grainstore DLR Coco

  • Specially created educational and fun modular programme for young artists and tech fiends, which featured 5 prongs of creativity.
  • Songwriting with guest speaker Thomas Walsh of Pugwash fame.
  • Recording with the crew from Ashtown Recording Studios.
  • Event organising – this led to numerous in-house gigs and 2 festivals!
  • Press and PR with Craig Kingma of Soundgate Media & Records.
  • Photography with Mick Quinn, award winning photographer.