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Jailbirds Interview – Bloodstock Open Air 2019


Video Production: Alan Daly and Olga Kuzmenko

Feature Image Pic: © Olga Kuzmenko Photography



Jailbirds are an Australian/Irish hard rock band based in Dublin, Ireland. And this is their first time playing at Bloodstock.

The band is composed of four members, Axel McDonald, lead vocals and lead guitar, his brother Jay McDonald on drums, both of whom are the founding members originating from Sydney, Australia. Completing the raw and powerhouse sound of Jailbirds are Irish rhythm guitarist Ed Orr and bass player Jamie Trimble.


The band produce a unique, dynamic, energetic and explosive sound defining a new generation of hard rock thanks to a healthy appetite of Australian powerhouse rock bands such as AC/DC, Airbourne, Rose Tattoo and legendary Irish rockers, Thin Lizzy. Their high-energy live shows are a testament to the bands growing reputation and intend to leave no stone unturned when it comes to giving 100% in just about everything they do.

Following the release of their 2016 debut EP “BREAK THE SILENCE” which saw the band gain instant airplay in numerous countries such as the Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as features in esteemed publications such as “Classic Rock Magazine”, the band were signed by Golden Robot Records ( Dizzy Reed of Guns n’ Roses, Kings X, Rose Tattoo) in August 2018 and are currently working on their debut studio album, which is set for release by Spring 2019.

Having shared stages with Tyler Bryant and The Shakedown, The Answer and Anvil, Jailbirds are dead set on bringing back the old-school methods of balls out high-powered intense live shows.

In the meantime, the guys will continue to spread the hard rock n’ roll gospel far and wide.

We are stoked to be playing at Bloodstock Open Air and plan on bringing one hell of a live show to the Arena. We’re all about no-nonsense, in yer face hard rock! So, keep an eye out for us on Sunday, at the Jagermeister Stage and let us be part of the soundtrack to your BOA weekend!

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