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It’s Just Nice To Be Nominated…

September 15, 2015

The Northern Ireland Music Prize

…no it’s not, WE WANT TO WIN!

Di Di Mau/Third Bar artist A Plastic Rose have been nominated for a second time for The Northern Ireland Music Prize for their album ‘Flickering Light Of An Inner War’. The award is voted for by a wide selection of industry insiders and experts know as ‘The Academy’ including Radio 1/Vevo’s Phil Taggart, and Kerrang!/Getty photographer Carrie Davenport.

A Plastic Rose are one of the first bands ever to receive the honour of being nominated twice, with their debut album ‘Camera.Shutter.Life’ being shortlisted in 2013.


A Plastic Rose Subjects of a Shooting

June 17, 2015

….well kinda


A Plastic Rose will feature in the new soundtrack to the movie ‘Shooting For Socrates’, a story of the time Northern Ireland took on Brazil in the 1985 World Cup. The compilation is released through Polar Patrol Publishing and features Snow Patrol and The Wonder Villains.

A Plastic Rose exclusively recorded the legendary Stiff Little Fingers song ‘Suspect Device’, originally recorded for the iconic 1979 album ‘Inflammable Material’ released through Rough Trade. On the APR version Ian and Gerry split vocal duties throughout, and capture the punk spirit with all the anger and fury that made in the original so iconic.

You can check the song out on Spotify

Ireland’s In The Stream

December 16, 2014

A Plastic Rose 'Flickering Light Of An Inner War'

A Plastic Rose surprised the world this week when they shock-released their new album ‘Flickering Light Of An Inner War” exclusively on streaming site Spotify. That is to say they made the conscious decision to release an album that you will not be able to buy either on iTunes, in any online shops or in high street stores on the same year as release*. Surprisingly this was entirely the bands decision and maybe even more surprisingly had the full backing of their labels Di Di Mau and Third Bar. Understandably in the run up to its release there were more questions than support behind the scenes, mainly from distributors and PR companies who at first couldn’t understand that the band seriously wanted to give their entire album away – “no one has ever actually requested for their album not to be sold”.

So what was the thinking behind releasing an album exclusively on a streaming site, virtually guaranteeing to generate as little income as possible from an album that saw so much effort put in. After much discussion the doubters eventually relented that there’s no real reason not to do this. Just because something’s never been done before doesn’t mean it’s not a good idea. Let’s be honest here no one really knows how the playing field is leveling out, and is it so crazy to think that letting as many people hear your music as possible is a bad idea? There must have been a time before music became an industry with people realising they could make some quick cash from music, and when was the tipping point where the music industry started to capture our imaginations more than the artists themselves? Musicians make music to be heard –  so have a listen on Spotify, stream and stream again for free if you like, and if you like the album head over to the Pledge Music page or buy a ticket to the gig to show your appreciation and support.

While you’re in the mood check out a few other acts we at Di Di Mau recommend: Robyn G Shiels won the Northern Ireland Music Prize in 2014 for his album ‘The Blood Of The Innocents’, and VerseChorusVerse recorded a quite excellent album with Jake Bugg producer Iain Archer (an excellent songwriter in his own right). Remember it’s you that will change the fate of the struggling artist by clicking a ‘like’, ‘save’, ‘follow’ or ‘pledge’ button, and don’t believe anyone when they tell you this is not the way it’s done, because they haven’t figured it out yet themselves.

*Album available to pre order exclusively on Vinyl for 2015 here

Music To Move You

September 21, 2014
A Plastic Rose 'Move Islands'

Move Islands is available digitally everywhere from November 17th 2014

A Plastic Rose are set to release the next single from their forthcoming Di Di Mau/Third Bar album ‘Flickering Light Of An Inner War’.

Move Islands shows off the epic radio friendly chorus’s the band are developing a reputation for, and is already a live favourite.

The single is yours to own from November 17th, but keep checking back for news of a video to accompany the single.

Flickering Light Of An Inner War is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Schools Out For Autumn

July 1, 2014

The latest A Plastic Rose single ‘Autumn Eases You Into The Dark’ is released today (June 30th), and it seems to have got the attention of none other than Biffy Clyro. Late last week the band received a call to support the Scottish rockers in Cork, Ireland, and with 1 listen to the track you can hear why. Reminiscent of the more anthemic side to regular comparisons Foo Fighters and Brand New, the song has whetted appetites for forthcoming album ‘Flickering Light Of An Inner War’ more than any other. Have a listen for yourself and download the track on iTunes or Amazon.

Flickering Light Of An Inner War is released in early 2015.

A Plastic Rose – New T-Shirts/Videos/Music….

May 1, 2014

In preperation for the upcoming A Plastic Rose album there is an entire range of new T-Shirt designs over on the merch stall.

Visit the store before they’re gone (they are going fast), our advice would be to buy the discount bundle set. The guys are also on tour throughout the Summer including an appearance alongside Black Sabbath at Hyde Park.  You’ll be hearing a new single very soon on your radios, but in the mean time make friends with the giant robot in the new video for the current single ‘Someone’s Daughter’.

Winter Is Coming

September 9, 2013
The new A Plastic Rose single 'This Side Of Winter' will be available online everywhere on October 28th

The new A Plastic Rose single ‘This Side Of Winter’ will be available online everywhere on October 28th


After the phenomenal success of ‘Camera.Shutter.Life‘, the debut album from A Plastic Rose, the band have decided to launch a new chapter of the APR story. Today see’s A Plastic Rose launch news of a brand new, as yet unheard and unreleased song ‘This Side Of Winter’.

Along with the single comes a new logo which we hope you’ll love as much as us. A Plastic Rose would also like to treat you to a new website, details of which will follow shortly.

‘This Side Of Winter’  will be released digitally everywhere in the UK and Ireland on October 28th.  APR will also be playing a select number of co-headline dates throughout the UK in 2014.

Press release below:

A Plastic Rose ‘This Side Of Winter’


Di Di Mau/Third Bar

A Plastic Rose are back with ‘This Side Of Winter’, a brand new and as yet unheard release.

After the critical acclaim of their debut album ‘Camera.Shutter.Life’ and phenomenal live reviews it seems there’s no stopping A Plastic Rose. Having recently relocated to Nottingham, the band are keen to prove their commitment and desire to inject the music they make into the arms of the masses and prove they are a force to be reckoned with on any live circuit.

In 2013 A Plastic Rose played alongside The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park as Sonys guests on the Sony Music Unlimited Stage.

Recently A Plastic Rose played the UK and Ireland legs of the ‘Fallen Empires’ arena tour with ‘Snow Patrol’ and ‘Everything Everything’.

Their most recent single ‘Kids Don’t Behave Like This’ gained support from Channel 4 (Hollyoaks), BBC Radio 1, XFM, Amazing and Absolute Radio.

The next A Plastic Rose single is ‘This Side Of Winter’ (October 28th), while early 2014 will see them play some very limited co-headline dates.

Check for info.


Kerrang! Magazine: “Stunning”. “A Plastic Rose deserve whole heartedly to be your new favourite band”

RockSound; “APRs future looks very exciting indeed”

Artrocker: “Dragging Rock & Roll into the 21st Century”

Gigape: “Expect big things”

A Plastic Rose ‘All You Know & Love Will Die’

March 18, 2013

The official video for ‘All You Know & Love Will Die’  from A Plastic Rose. Taken from the album ‘Camera.Shutter.Life.’ which is available online now.

A Plastic Rose on tour throughout the UK this summer.

Beware the quiet band

March 11, 2013

So all has been extremely quiet over at Di Di Mau central, but that doesn’t mean there’s not a lot happening behind the scenes.

A Plastic Rose are about to release the first radio single off the their album ‘Camera.Shutter.Life.’. The powerful ‘All You Know & Love Will Die’ hits your radio on March 18th, so be sure to request it wherever you are. It’s already been getting amazing support from BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 1 in the UK, with a few more radio stations playing it next week. We’re also finalising a video, which will be available for you to see this week so keep checking back here. Ian from A Plastic Rose came up with the concept, and it’s a bit difficult to explain here, but all will make sense we promise. 

Summer festival plans are taking shape, and we should hopefully have some announcements very soon for the entire UK, including a big bash in Belfast which should be loads of fun. 

In the mean time follow the band on Twitter for updates and check the website for tour date announcements. 

Laters x

Dutch Schultz release ‘Tonight We Hunt’

November 27, 2012

Di Di Mau are honoured to announce the release of the fantastic second album from Dutch Schultz. Already receiving airplay from Radio 1 and BBC Introducing as well as fantastic reviews from BBC Music and the Irish News, this is an album set to revive the hard rock scene in the UK.

One of the most ferocious releases Di Di Mau has ever released, we’re proud as punch to tell you that it’s available digitally everywhere now, and physically from the ‘shop’ section of this website. Happy Christmas (yes we went there).

BBC Music “It will make you smile, sing and punch the air with delight”

AU Magazine “As ever, Dutch have a surprise lurking up their sleeves” 8/10

Irish News “its an album brimming with potential singles