Craig Fitzgerald deferred the second year of his song writing degree at BIMM Dublin to focus on his work with four-piece guitar band from Mullingar known as The Academic. Craig is the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and chief songwriter for the band who are are currently enjoying an exhilarating run of high profile support slots and festival dates.
The Academic have performed at Benicassim and Electric Picnic and have supported big acts like Kodaline at the Galway International Arts Festival and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at The Marquee in Cork, where they also supported Pixies in 2014.
In 2015 they played the main stage at both Y Not Festival and Indiependence Festival and performed at British Summer Time in Hyde Park, on the XFM stage at the Great Escape, at Boardmasters Festival in Cornwall and Reeperbahan Festival in Germany.
The band’s song ‘Different’ has been featured on Spotify’s ‘New Music Monday’ playlist. It reached number 9 on the Irish Radio Airplay Chart, while previous release ‘Bear Claws’ was featured as RTE 2FM’s ‘Song Of The Week’. The band has also enjoyed airplay on XFM and BBC Radio 1.