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The Irish indie-pop outfit announce a 2021 UK tour

New EP Acting My Age is available here.

Hailing from Rochfortbridge, County Westmeath, Irish quartet The Academic formed in 2013 while its members were still in school. Within a year, Craig Fitzgerald (vocals and guitar), Dean Gavin (drums), and brothers Matthew and Stephen Murtagh (lead guitar and bass, respectively) were opening a local show for alt-rock cult heroes The Pixies. 

In 2015, The Academic became one of Ireland's most talked-about new bands thanks to their debut single Different. It even helped the group get a slot that year at British Summer Time in London's Hyde Park alongside The Strokes, Beck, Future Islands, Temples and Public Service Broadcasting.

Their Mixtape 2003 single followed in 2016, showcasing the indie-pop stylings that formed the core of the band's canon.

The Academic’s debut album Tales From the Backseat came out in January 2018 and the group further evolved their sound, with lead single Bear Claws offering a nod to influences such as Arctic Monkeys and Weezer. 

Upon its release, Tales From the Backseat went right to the number one spot on the Irish albums chart. That summer, the quartet played their biggest headline show to date for 5,000 fans at Dublin's Iveagh Gardens.

In 2018 and 2019, The Academic reach spread beyond homeland as the band became festival favourites all around the world.

On 10 July 2020, they released the six-track EP Acting My Age, produced by Kaiser Chiefs’ Nick Hodgson. Shortly afterwards, the band announced a UK headline tour for April 2021.


St Patrick’s Day: 9 unmissable Irish bands on tour in 2021 a

St Patrick’s Day: 9 unmissable Irish bands on tour in 2021 a

Ditch the Guinness hats and green pints and celebrate this Paddy’s Day with some authentically Irish entertainment, from The Academic to Silverbacks and Clannad to Pillow Queens.


The Academic are going on tour across the UK in April 2021 in support of their EP Acting My Age.

The Academic’s 2021 UK headline tour stops in the following cities:

The Academic is an Irish band made up of Craig Fitzgerald on lead vocals and guitar, Stephen Murtagh on bass, Matt Murtagh on lead guitar and Dean Gavin on drums.

The Academic come from an Irish village called Rochfortbridge on the outskirts of Mullingar, which is located an hour west of Dublin.

The Academic are a four-piece that play indie-pop music. They were inspired by groups like Phoenix, The Strokes, Weezer, Arctic Monkeys and Franz Ferdinand.

Along with numerous singles, The Academic recorded the EP Loose Friends in 2015, and their debut full-length album Tales From the Backseat came out in 2018. The EP Acting My Age was released in July 2020.

Among The Academic’s most popular songs are the following:

  • Why Can’t We Be Friends?
  • Bear Claws
  • I Feel It Too
  • Acting My Age
  • Bite My Tongue