Keywest (Photo by Michaela Keicher) are widely known for their explosive live performances. The 4 piece Dublin based rock band comprises of Dublin & London born lads. Dublin members include singer Kav ( Andy Kavanagh ) and Glover ( Andrew Glover ) who plays Keys and rhythm guitar. English members are Jimi Lock on lead guitar and Harry Sullivan on drums.
After deciding to start a band, childhood friends Kav & Glover began playing in pubs around Dublin. They took the name Keywest after a trip to Florida for a gig. The english pair were added following a similar trip to Los Angeles where the lads became good friends and stayed in contact.
A difficult move to Ireland
After making the decision for the English duo to move over to Ireland, other obstacles became apparent to the band. One such obstacle was how a difficult move to Ireland could work financially. Gigs were few and far between for a new band so Keywest avoided the slow gig scene and took to busking on the streets. Wise or unwise the band began honing their sound and style on the streets and quickly became famous for busking on Shop Street in Galway and Grafton Street in Dublin.
“Keywest are an electric and galactic musical force (…) their live performance aspired and achieved that Stadium Rock (…) It was cocky, clattering and crackingly good music” – Culturehubmagazine.co.uk
In 2015 the they released their highly anticipated album “JOYLAND” which shot straight into the Number 1 spot for a number of weeks. Following the number 1 album Keywest enjoyed an explosive rise which included a string of radio hits such as “Carousel”, “This is Heartbreak”, “This Summer”, “Something Beautiful” and “Cold Hands”.
Sold out Olympia Theatre
In addition Keywest sold out shows across the country including sell outs in The Olympia Theatre, The Academy & Whelans all within a 10 month period. They also enjoyed a festival full summer with performances at Longitude, Main Stage Indiependence and two performances at Electric Picnic, Main Stage & Salty Dog.
Keywest have been called the hardest working band in the business. They’ve taken their high energy acoustically driven sound from the streets onto the radio,sell out shows and to over 200k monthly listeners.
“No band gets a crowd going – and particularly a female crowd – quite like Keywest”. And: “They truly are masters of eliciting maximum crowd responses” – Hotpress.
The Video for “This Summer” (above) was widely made at the blacksheep Festival in Bonfeld in 2015, when Keywest was voted by the audiance as “Best Festivalband”.
- Andy Kavanagh – Voice
- Andrew Glover – Guitar, Keyboard
- Jimi Lock – Guitar
- Harry Sullivan – Drums