The Scratch

Started as a fun experiment in the kitchen of a house in Perrystown, The Scratch are a 4-piece act from Dublin, Ireland. Born from a shared love of guitar, metal and traditional Irish music, The Scratch have moulded triumphant melodies with the groove and intensity of metal. You will not have seen anything like this band.

A 2017 busking trip to Rory Gallagher festival in Ballyshannon kick-started the journey, as a video of the band busking racked up an astonishing one million views in just a week and was shared around the world. This began a whirlwind of momentum, culminating in two sold out Olympia Theatres in Dublin in 2022 alongside a sold out Irish and UK Tour. 2022 also saw them play at some of Europe’s biggest festivals, including Download, Reading and Leeds, Electric Picnic, Latitude and Rock For People.

The band’s first EP Old Songs was released in 2018, a collection of older instrumental material. Next up came stand-alone singles and crowd favourites Get It Right Up Ye and Punisher that summer. 2019 saw the release of The Whole Buzz EP as well as singles Cúnla and Flaker, with a marked development of their song writing style and sound. The Whole Buzz further cemented Th

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Events featuring The Scratch

Mar 17, 2023
12:00am — 12:40am
Presented by
Music From Ireland
Mar 17, 2023
11:00pm — 11:40pm
Mar 18, 2023
5:00pm — 5:40pm
Professional Connections
The Scratch is seeking the following:
  • Label
  • Distribution - US
  • Distribution - UK/Europe
  • Distribution - Worldwide
  • Other Artists to Tour With
  • PR/Publicity Agency
  • Sync/Music Supervisors