- 27 Jul 18
The Irish rock band have been invited to perform at next February's star-studded Oscar Wilde Awards.
Vinci performed at The Mint in LA on July 15 at an industry showcase and were then invited to play at the annual awards season event, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
A spokesperson for the nonprofit organisation that puts on the event said: "We normally don't make announcements this far in advance, but Vinci killed it last night, and I knew by the immediate reaction of the audience that they have to play the Oscar Wilde Awards."
Vinci formed approximately two years ago and the current line-up consists of singer/guitarist Kurtis Wade Murphy, bassist Noely Musgrave, lead guitarist Andy Lestrange, cellist/keyboardist David Doyle and drummer Leo Cassandro. Just before this debut American performance, the band supported Aslan's headline show at the Iveagh Gardens.
Speaking about the news with Hollywood Reporter, lead singer Kurtis Wade Murphy said: "For a self-managed and self-promoted Irish band to be given an opportunity like this and be welcomed so warmly in L.A. is incredible. The U.S.-Ireland Alliance guests included music producers, composers, film music supervisors, film producers, directors — we could not have asked for a better audience. Within hours, several people there were already reaching out to us to support.
The Oscar Wilde Awards is a US-Irish event which celebrates the contributions of Irish people in film, TV and music. They are hosted annually at the offices of J.J. Abrams' production company Bad Robot, ahead of the Academy Awards.