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The Blizzards

The Blizzards performing on the NME Stage at Oxegen 2006
Background information
Origin Westmeath, Ireland
Genres Ska-Pop
Years active 2003–present
Labels Universal Music Ireland /
Island Records (UK) [1]
Niall Breslin
Justin Ryan
Dec Murphy
Aidan Lynch
Anthony Doran

The Blizzards are an Irish band from Mullingar in County Westmeath. They were formed by Niall Breslin (vocals) in late 2004, and also feature Dec Murphy (drums), Justin Ryan, Anthony Doran (bass) and Aidan Lynch (keyboards). They have achieved multiple platinum record sales [2] and have won numerous awards.

Their debut single, the self-released "First Girl to Leave Town", entered the Irish Singles Chart at number 11 in 2005. The band were then signed to Universal Music Ireland, and soon had two top ten singles in Ireland with "Trouble" and "Fantasy". Their debut album, A Public Display of Affection, was released in October 2006. The album achieved platinum status in Ireland, with sales of 15,000.

The band's second album Domino Effect was released in 2008. The band entered the Irish Singles Chart at number two and spawned four singles, the top three track "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" plus "The Reason", "Postcards" and "Buy It Sell It". In 2009, they signed a UK record deal with Island Records which will see the release of Domino Effect there.

The band perform annually at Oxegen, have headlined Indie-pendence and played Slane Concert in June 2009. They have also supported Kaiser Chiefs, Oasis, The Prodigy and AC/DC during their Black Ice World Tour. A headline show at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on December 12, 2009 was their last before they went on hiatus.




Early career

The band's independently-released debut single "First Girl to Leave Town" went to number 11 in the Irish Singles Chart in 2005. In July of that year, the band performed at Oxegen 2005.[3] The following year the band signed a recording contract with Universal Music Ireland with the band's second single "Trouble" reaching number six in the Irish Singles Chart in spring 2006. The single stayed in the top forty for four weeks. Follow-up singles "Miss Fantasia Preaches" and "War of Words" were released in August and October 2006 respectively. In July the fllowing year, The Blizzards performed at Oxegen 2006, moving up the billing to perform on the NME stage on this occasion.[4]

A Public Display of Affection

A Public Display of Affection, the debut album of The Blizzards, was released in November 2006. It was produced by US producer Michael Beinhorn, who has previously worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Korn, Soundgarden and Marilyn Manson, and debuted at number four in the Irish Albums Chart.[5] Although critical responses to the album were generally positive, [6][7] the album remained in the top fifty for only three weeks. However, the band's growing popularity saw the album re-enter the charts in early 2007. A Public Display of Affection reached number 21 in the Irish Albums Chart[8] and remained in the top fiffty for 18 weeks from January to June 2007. Two further singles, "Fantasy" and "On the Right Track" were released in 2007 before a Main Stage appearance at Oxegen 2007.

Domino Effect

Niall Breslin performing at Junction Festival.

In late June 2008, the band confirmed via their official website that work on their second album had been completed. [9] Produced once again by Michael Beinhorn, Domino Effect was released on 12th September, with a single entitled "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" released in July.[10] The single, alongside other new and old material as well as a cover of Sam Sparro's "Black and Gold", was performed during their 13 July 13 hour-long set on the Main Stage of Oxegen 2008 in front of an estimated 50,000 people.[11 ] When 10,000 people turned up to watch The Blizzards headline the free Indie-pendence festival in August 2008, the organiser realised that the festival needed to expand the following year.[12] A string of Irish dates was then announced for September and October 2008, taking in Naas, Waterford, Carlow, Bundoran, Castlebar, Portlaoise, Cork, Limerick, Drogheda, Dublin and Galway. They were selected by the organisers of Hard Working Class Heroes alongside acts such as Giveamanakick and Heathers to play the CMJ Festival in New York in October 2008.[13]

The Blizzards released their second album, Domino Effect on 15 September 2008 to mostly positive reviews, with stating the album "does a concrete job in guiding the sextet through their new-found maturity"[14]. The album peaked at number two on the Irish Albums Chart,[15] losing out to Metallica's Death Magnetic. The lead single from the album, "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" was released on 29 August 2008, going straight to the top of the download charts and debuting at number two on the Irish Singles Chart, again just being beaten to the top spot, this time by the Katy Perry single "I Kissed a Girl". "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" remained in the top ten for four weeks before dropping down to number 13 on 10 October. The second single from the band's sophomore album was "The Reason". The video for the album's third single, "Postcards", premiered on the website of the Irish Independent in February 2009. [16] The song was performed live on Tubridy Tonight on 28 February[17] and on The Cafe on 13 March.[18][19] The band have also recently covered "Up" by pop group The Saturdays.[20] On 15 March 2009, they performed at Nelson's Column as part of the Saint Patrick's Day celebrations in London.[21 ] The Blizzards performed at the 2009 Meteor Awards at the RDS, Dublin on 17 March 2009 where they won the meteor for best live performance.[22] The band performed an online gig on 27 May 2009.[23 ] They did Slane Concert in June.[24 ] Their appearance at Oxegen 2009 in July[25 ] [26] saw them "confident, tight and facing a packed arena".[27 ] They were also announced as a support act of AC/DC at short notice after Thin Lizzy cancelled when their drummer Tommy Aldridge broke his collarbone in a cycling accident. [28]

In the summer of 2009, the band did a regional UK tour and released their first UK single, "Buy It Sell It". In August 2009, it was announced that The Blizzards had achieved a UK record deal with Island Records. [1] Their "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor" single will be released there on 28 September 2009. [1] Their Domino Effect album will be released there on 12 October 2009. [1] Their single "And Another Thing...", written in conjunction with Eoin Colfer's And Another Thing... novel from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series, will also be released in the United Kingdom. [2]

The Blizzards took part in the Arthur's Day events in Dublin on 24 September 2009. [29] They played the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 12 December 2009, their biggest headline show to date.[30 ] The show had sold out several months in advance. [31] In January 2010, The Blizzards went on hiatus.[32]


The Blizzards are a self-described pop band and although critics often refer to them as very bad examples of indie-pop, lead singer Niall Breslin, said that "I don't think Indie exists anymore. I just think Indie is gone. Everyone who gets played on daytime radio is a pop band. Indie was around for Oasis. Indie was around for Blur. There's none of them bands left."[33] When writing their second album, lead singer Niall Breslin said "We were told by a few people that the first album didn't reflect the energy of the live shows, so that's what we were aiming for this time around,".[34]. After the album's completion he stated "We couldn't be happier with the end result – it's exactly what we were aiming for."[34]

Television/Radio appearances

Date Appearance Notes
2006 The Late Late Show Performer ("Trouble")
2/12/06 Tubridy Tonight Performer ("Fantasy")
21/12/06 The Cafe Performer ("Fantasy")
21/11/08 The Cafe Performer ("The Reason")
28/02/09 Tubridy Tonight Performer ("Postcards")
04/03/09 The Ray Foley Show (Today FM) Guest
04/03/09 The Will Leahy Show (RTÉ 2fm) Guest
05/03/09 Fully Charged with Ryan and Tracy (Spin 1038) Guest
06/03/09 Seoige Guest (Niall Breslin only)
13/03/09 The Cafe Performer ("Postcards")
18/03/09 2009 Meteor Awards Performer ("Trust Me, I'm A Doctor")
2009 Xposé Interview (Niall Breslin Only)
16/10/09 The Late Late Show Performer ("And Another Thing...")


Studio albums

Year Album Label IRL #
2006 A Public Display of Affection Universal Music Ireland 4
2008 Domino Effect Universal Music Ireland 2


Year Title Peak chart position[35]
2005 "First Girl to Leave Town" 11
2006 "Trouble" 6
2006 "Miss Fantasia Preaches" 9
2006 "War of Words" 25
2007 "Fantasy" 16
2007 "On the Right Track"
2008 "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor"
2008 "The Reason"
2009 "Postcards"
2009 "Buy It Sell It"
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The Blizzards are multiple Meteor Award nominees and winners.

They received the award for Best Irish Live Performance at the 2009 Meteor Awards.[21 ] They were nominated in the category of Best Irish Pop Act at the 2010 Meteor Awards.[36]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2008 The Blizzards Best Irish Pop Act Nominated
2008 Oxegen 2007 Best Irish Live Performance Won
2009 The Blizzards Best Irish Band Nominated
2009 The Blizzards Best Irish Pop Act Nominated
2009 Oxegen 2008 Best Irish Live Performance Won
2010 The Blizzards Best Irish Pop Act Nominated


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  17. ^ "Tubridy Tonight guests are revealed". RTÉ. 2009-02-27. Retrieved 2009-02-27.  
  18. ^ "Blizzards and Bishop set for The Café". RTÉ. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2009-03-13.  
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  28. ^ "Accident forces Lizzy to cancel Punchestown". Hot Press. 2009-06-23. Retrieved 2009-06-23.  
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  36. ^ "Meteor Ireland Awards Nominees". RTÉ. 2010-01-07. Retrieved 2010-01-07.  

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