Arts and Culture


Irish band VNXI to perform at Oscar Wilde Awards

February 20, 2024. The Dublin band, VNXI, is set to perform at the Oscar Wilde Awards on 7 March, when the US-Ireland Alliance honors Pierce Brosnan, Molly Shannon and Richie Baneham at the casual Oscar’s week event which is held at Bad Robot in Santa Monica.  

Band members include Kurtis Wade Murphy [lead vocals, acoustic guitar], Noely Musgrave [bass, synth], Andy L'Estrange [lead guitar, keys], and Leo Cassandro [drums].

Trina Vargo, president of the US-Ireland Alliance, said that “VNXI first played our event five years ago. Since then, they have grown and developed both in the US and at home in Ireland, with the help of many people they met through the Oscar Wilde Awards.” They met Aidan Gillen through the event, and they made a music video together, drawing attention to the housing crisis in Ireland. The video was used by 12 homeless organizations internationally to raise funds domestically. They’ve been featured at home on RTE, Virgin Media One and Hot Press, in addition to Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter in the US. This year they embarked on their first European tour, opening for US singer-songwriter, Joshua Radin and recently they signed a sync deal in the US with Joe Rangel at Hauler Music. Vargo added, “They’re busy recording new music, we look forward to hearing it next month, and VNXI hopes you’ll be hearing it in some of your favorite shows, very soon.”

Studio Ulster has joined Northern Ireland Screen and Screen Ireland as major sponsors of the annual event.