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THURS - The Academy, 1pm - THE UPGRADES LAST SHOW!!! - If you havent had a chance to pick up a ticket yet you can pay in at the door!

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"Take A Risk!"
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THE UPGRADES are a well-oiled ska-punk-machine from Dublin, Ireland.

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  • THE END...

    So yeah there's been alot or rumours goin around that we're breaking up (some going back as far as 2 or 3 years ago! lol) Unfortunatly, this time, the rumours are true...


    If you wanna see us play again before we're GONE FOREVER we're playing TWO FINAL SHOWS in April. They are...

    Sunday 4th April - Whelans - 7pm - supporting US punk band The Lawrence Arms
    (If your Over 18 i recommend you come along to this show and have a few farewell drinks with us.)

    AND

    If your under 18, or if ya just cant make the whelans show, then you should check out our LAST EVER ALL AGES SHOW:

    Thurs 8th April - The Academy (Main Room) - 2pm - ALL AGES afternoon show with Jody Has A Hitlist, Not Advised (uk) and Juliets Rescue. Tickets are on sale now from ticketmaster, or pay on the door on the day.


    For anyone wondering why we're breaking up, theres not really too much to tell... We're incredibly proud of everything we've done in the last 5 years or so and we all had an amazing time doing it. Problem is things had been winding down in the last few months and we just felt the time had come to call it a day.

    THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who supported us over the years, every member we've ever had, everyone who checked out our album or bought a t-shirt, and everyone whos ever danced or sang along at our shows. It ment the world to us.

    Cheers!

    The Upgrades

    2 Comments 173 weeks

  • press release

    GigSmart Christmas Bash

    The Button Factory, Temple Bar, Dublin
    Wednesday December 23
    Doors 7.30pm, admission €8, includes entry to nightclub following gig


    Forget Jedward's questionable antics on The Late Late Toy Show, the real Yuletide homecoming of boys-done-good is to be found at The Button Factory on December 23, when Monaghan misfits mike got spikedheadline the smiley feelgood rockfest that is set to be the GigSmart Christmas Bash.

    Fresh from another year of flaunting their schizo-rock wares around the USA - where they've made LA's famed Whisky A Go-Go venue their backyard, played more cities than you've had hot dinners and sold their lurid tales of the life of four mental Paddies on the road in search of the American dream to the Sindo- the eclectic four-piece are back on home soil to road-test some material from their forthcoming second album, which is slated for release in 2010.

    Following the release of a top 30 single and critically acclaimed debut album, Caveat Emptor, the 'Spiked decamped to the States in 2006, a venture that has seen them expand their fanbase significantly with every coast-to-coast tour, land a slot on the famed Vans Warped Tour and sign to one of America's top management companies, Associated Talent Management, who also feature the likes of the Dead Kennedys on their roster.

    Their intoxicating combination of influences and sounds makes mike got spiked a nightmare to pinhole but a joy to listen to, while dollops of mischievous on-stage banter augment the band's unique live experience.

    Also garnering plenty of praise and attention are Dublin ska-punk outfit The Upgrades, who too are quite fond of supplying melody-drenched eclecticism, bundles of energy and tons more fun and games than your average work Christmas shindig.

    Despite only dropping their debut album, Take A Risk, in May of this year, the four-piece have racked up a hugely impressive CV, including opening Europe's largest ska-punk festival, Mighty Sounds 2008 in Prague, a slot on the Irish leg of the Taste of Chaos tour and seeing their irrepressible track Nothingrepresent Ireland on United Colours of Ska Volume 4, a compilation of the best ska bands from around the world. It's also worth mentioning that they have the funkiest MySpace page we've ever laid eyes on.

    Cut from a slightly different but no less rockin' cloth are The Chapman Society, who are deservedly basking in the glow of the critical acclaim for their debut full-length offering, entitled Arnold Sideways, which impressed Hot Press sufficiently for it to have four stars bestowed upon it amid the conclusion that "the playing is never less than provocative. Wonderful".

    Similar praise was accrued for their EP, Grenade, which nestled nicely into the bosom of their ever-widening fanbase earlier this year - just after they made it all the way to the final five of the prestigious JD Set in April.

    Like mike got spiked, this Dublin four-piece are taking the opportunity to give their album material a festive airing prior to the record's release in late January, and while favourable comparisons to Morrissey and The Who pockmark their songwriting subtleties, it's their more fiery sensibilities that draw the tunes together and pack a serious punch in a live setting.

    And so to the night's opening act, Val Normal, who might be younger and less experienced than the rock brethren they will be sharing the stage with, but take great pleasure in proving time and time again they can cut the mustard - no matter how illustrious the company.

    A three-piece refreshingly devoid of any monstrous rock-star egos - "We don't have a particularly cool image or style; we just like playing music the best we can", they claim - Val Normal draw from all the best bits of the likes of Jimmy Eat World and Biffy Clyro to create a hybrid rock sound with plenty of attitude.

    Get there early to find out what the bands are about for yourself, and give your ears the Christmas gift

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  • Win Tickets to see The Upgrades Dec 23rd!!!

    ey up!

    So were playing with Mike Got Spiked on Dec 23rd in the button Factory and now heres your chance to go for FREE!!!!

    Drop a comment below here and your entered, simples.

    Only condition is this is an 18+ event and ID is essential.

    GO!!!

    Doyler.

    1 Comment 190 weeks

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  • 3/27/10
  • luv Shóna Killed Your Tv

    Just wanna say, I love you guys! You always make me wanna dance! :P <3

    2/19/10
  • Matthew Lynch
    luv Matthew Lynch

    What the hell is up with the lyrics of angel of horror? he lost his toes????

    1/11/10
  • The Aquacadet Of Awesomeness

    I cant find them on ticketmaster....? can you put a link on this please?xD In reply to: "ALL AGES SHOW - Jan 16th! - with DOWNHILL and more. Tickets on sale now from Ticketmaster! :) Make sure ya get one! x" by The Upgrades

    11/22/09
  • The Aquacadet Of Awesomeness

    Yo!! Any horn player (preferably trumpet or trombone) who wants to be in a ska band just for fun give us a shout! were from Kildare in Ireland! The Name is Bellyflop Jr.!! www.bebo.com/bellyflopjr ! Were Just Startin up so wev no song up on this yet=]!!!!

    11/22/09
  • Hot Mess

    hello, my friend told me you's have a gig coming up soon, any details on that? xo

    10/15/09
  • n-p promotions
    n-p promotions

    have a gig for yas if interested get in touch.ITs for charity

    10/5/09
  • Black Veil Brides Official Irish Street Team
    Black Veil Brides Official Irish Street Team

    hey join this band if you want black veil brides to come to ireland :D thanks x

    9/5/09
  • Shóna Killed Your Tv

    Best of luck tmaro :) x

    8/25/09 via Mobile
  • Emma Connolly

    Hey You guys were awesome yesterday! I had never heard of ye before but ye were really good! I was headbanging for the whole set! :)

    8/15/09
  • Annaa
    Annaa

    Yesterday was Amazing. :D Bought the Album ;) You Guys are Awesoooome

    8/15/09
  • Rapid Noise Productions
    Rapid Noise Productions

    Hey Doyler. I was onto you about you guys playing a gig in Cork for charity sometime during the summer? Well we have had to cancel it due to venue problems and their politics.... sorry about that. We are trying to plan another date for it during an unreal public holiday in October ;) If you need more info then mail me if your interested in playing it. Cheers. - Hel

    7/27/09
  • LoraLee
    LoraLee

    if THE UPGRADES are your favorite band why not vote for them to win best unsigned irish band only by fans choices on .... www.bebo.com/CASTYOURVOTE -Lora CAST YOUR VOTE x

    7/16/09
  • Unsigned Ireland Project
    Unsigned Ireland Project

    Unsigned Ireland Project Vol.1 is available NOW!!!! Due to Unbelievable demand, we have given everyone the opportunity to download it through P2P early :D Volume.1 features some of Ireland's most popular unsigned acts like Harrows. The Strutts, Half Hour Heros and Appolo's Thebe! Download Unsigned Ireland Project for free RIGHT NOW! http://thepiratebay.org/torrent/4985655 We need feedback, so please leave us back a comment telling us who you liked and who you... well, didnt :D

    7/5/09
  • Kevinonabike
    Kevinonabike

    Alri lads good show in Tower today, enjoying the album

    7/3/09
  • Rosariee'
    luv Rosariee'

    Aww Today was great!:D Kelan gives the best huggs ever! I'm sorry I screamed at you...I got a tad(:L ) bit over excited!:L :L

    7/3/09
  • Hot Mess

    That's grand then! Oh yeah, I plan on it ;] xoxo

    7/2/09
  • luv Hot Mess

    Hello :] Just wondering, do you need a wristband or anything to get in on Friday? xoxo

    6/30/09
  • Barry
    luv Barry

    Friday :P

    6/30/09
  • luv Duckie

    Can't wait for friday!

    6/30/09