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Music production is mobile today in Sligo with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in partnership with Music Generation Sligo. The bus, which contains a fully equipped state-of-the-art music studio, is offering an amazing opportunity to young aspiring Sligo musicians, to spend a day on board, work with a world class crew of engineers to record and produce original music, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video.

The Sligo visit is part of a 24-day Irish national tour which will take in 12 counties and reach over 100 young musicians throughout Ireland.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility. The Bus, which was made possible by Yoko Ono Lennon, is dedicated to providing young people with tours of the studios and participation in free songwriting and multimedia production workshops. With the assistance of three on-board engineers, young aspiring musicians learn how to write, perform, record, and produce original songs, produce and shoot music videos and documentaries and complete a broadcast quality music video. Young musicians on board will have the opportunity to experience this extraordinary world class education resource.

The bus will be open to the public on Tuesday 11th August from 10am – 5pm at Stephen Street Car Park Sligo and tours will be offered to anyone who would like to step on board.

Rhona Mc Grath, Coordinator of Music Generation Sligo said “We are delighted to have this fantastic opportunity to work with the John Lennon Bus team and bring a real sense of excitement to music education in Sligo this summer. It’s wonderful to see the young people having the opportunity to put their musical skills into practice on the John Lennon Bus. Music Generation Sligo is continuously looking at new and exciting ways to encourage young people into music education and I can’t think of anything that would capture their imagination more than the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus.”

Brian Rothschild, Executive Director of The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus stated “It is fantastic for us to have the opportunity to tour Ireland and meet so many talented and vibrant young people. There is such a terrific energy and national momentum for music education here and it is wonderful to be working with Music Generation and the local Music Education Partnerships who, like the Lennon Bus are empowered to opening up access to music for the new generation. Our aim is to build on this great sense of enthusiasm, and inspire musicians of the future through our mission and the wonderful, state of the art production facilities on board the bus."

The Irish tour schedule and interactive map can be found at where visitors can also see all of the content created on board.


Deirdre Scully

Acting PR & Marketing Manager

Music Generation

Ph: 01 475 8454

About the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus
The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is a non-profit state-of-the-art mobile Pro Audio and HD video recording facility that provides hands-on experiences for students of all ages. After 16 years of touring the U.S (taking in sites including SXSW, Coachella, CMJ and many more) the new Lennon Bus for Europe features the latest audio and video technology, gear and products. The concept began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which is dedicated to providing opportunities for both professional and amateur songwriters around the world. Go to for more information.

The Bus will travel across the U.K. and Europe year-round, providing free tours and workshops at schools, retailers, festivals, on tours with headlining artists, and at major industry conferences. Lennon Bus Europe is supported by the generosity of sponsors including Apple, Mont Blanc, Sony, Avid, True Religion, Neutrik, Thomann, Gibson Guitars, Epiphone, Baker & McKenzie , Genelec, NewTek, TodoCast by Globecomm, Vox Amps, Mobile Roadie, Audio-Technica, Roland, JamHub, SSL, Sonicbids, Genelec, Litepanels, Manfrotto, Clear-Com, AJA, Anton/Bauer, Copperpeace, Applied Acoustics Systems, McDSP, Native Instruments, IK Multimedia, Noise Industries, iZotope, Slingerland Drums, and Mad Mimi. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus is made possible by an agreement with Yoko Ono Lennon.

About Music Generation Sligo
Music Generation Sligo is a music education service for children and young people in County Sligo. It is part of Music Generation – Ireland’s National Music Education Programme, initiated by Music Network and co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills and Local Music Education Partnerships.

Locally, Music Generation Sligo is managed by Sligo Music Education Partnership. Music Generation Sligo is presently funded at local level by Mayo Sligo Leitrim ETB (lead partner), Sligo County Council Arts Service, Sligo Education Centre, Sligo County Childcare Committee, the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government. Music Generation Sligo Development Partners are The Coleman Centre, Sligo Academy of Music, Sligo School of Rock, Cranmore Regeneration.

Music Generation Sligo (MGS) aims to provide choice of access to children and young adults in Sligo to performance music education services – that is to OPEN THE DOOR TO MUSIC no matter who you are or where you live in County Sligo.
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