• Winner of Best Festival for Emerging Talent at UK Festival Awards

  • Gugai MacNamara (Strange Brew / Róisín Dubh, Ireland)

    Gugai has been a driving force in the live music industry in the West of Ireland for over twenty five years. As the owner of the iconic Róisín Dubh venue for 20 years, he has nurtured it into one of Ireland’s most cherished cultural institutions. Situated in the heart of Galway, Ireland’s cultural capital, the Róisín Dubh has become synonymous with unforgettable live performances and a haven for both established and emerging artists.

    Gugai’s influence extends beyond the walls of the Róisín Dubh. He plays a pivotal role in shaping Galway’s reputation as a premier destination for live music and arts events. Notably, he curates the lineup for the Galway International Arts Festival’s Big Top, showcasing top-tier talent from around the globe. Additionally, he has a small festival, Fall Right Into Place, and a record label / agency, Strange Brew. With an eclectic roster spanning genres and styles, Strange Brew’s commitment to innovation and authenticity makes it a cornerstone of Galway’s vibrant music scene