Press Release - Bushmills To Team-Up With Kevin Baird Of Two Door Cinema Club

BUSHMILLS™ Irish Whiskey has today announced that Kevin Baird of Two Door Cinema Club, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records and Rob Allanson of Whisky Magazine will all be joining BUSHMILLS Master Distiller Colum on the judging panel at Bushcamp, the Make it 2 Bushmills three-day global final to be held on the north coast of Ireland this August.


Make it 2 Bushmills is a global competition that offers two friends the chance to spend two weeks working at the world-famous Old Bushmills Distillery, make their own unique blend of BUSHMILLS Irish Whiskey, live in luxury penthouse accommodation, get £5,000 spending money to share and then get VIP access to the ultimate BUSHMILLS party in their home country.


Kevin Baird said: “I’m a huge BUSHMILLS fan so I’m really looking forward to meeting a few others at Bushcamp and sharing a whiskey with them, not to mention helping Colum choose two friends to win this great experience.”


63 pairs of friends from 11 competing countries are currently facing the public vote on the BUSHMILLS Facebook page – to decide who will represent their country at Bushcamp, where they’ll get a taste of what life at the Old Bushmills Distillery is like and have the chance to be named the Make it 2 Bushmills global winners by Colum, Kevin, Jonathan and Rob.


The shortlist was chosen from over 3,600 fans who entered the competition in the month after it was launched on St. Patrick’s Day.


Jonathan Galkin said: “It’s fantastic to be involved in Make it 2 Bushmills. I had the chance to visit the distillery in Bushmills last year and had an unbelievable experience, so when I was asked to be a Make it 2 Bushmills judge, I jumped at the chance. I can’t wait for Bushcamp – it’s going to be a great couple of days.”


Rob Allanson added: “The BUSHMILLS team do a great job in helping whiskey lovers see what goes into producing a quality whiskey. Make it 2 Bushmills will give two friends a fantastic insight into how one of the world’s best Irish Whiskies is made – and as is usual with BUSHMILLS, they’ll have a lot of fun in the process”.


Who’ll make it 2 Bushcamp to hang out with the Make it 2 Bushmills judges? Cast your vote now or find out more about who is in the running at Voting closes at 11.59pm GMT on 27th June 2011. Terms and conditions apply.




Notes to Editors


Kevin Baird Biography

Kevin is the bass player and vocalist in Northern Ireland indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club. Their debut album Tourist History has gone Gold in the UK, selling over 100,000 copies and recently they’ve made a splash by picking up both the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year and the award for Best New Band at the 2011 mtvU Woodie Awards. Kevin is a big Bushmills fan and is looking forward to meeting some others at Bushcamp.


Jonathan Galkin Biography

Jonathan Galkin is the co-founder and head of operations for DFA Records worldwide, an independent record label that he launched in 2001.


Rob Allanson Biography

As the Editor of renowned Whisky Magazine, Rob a vast knowledge of all things whisky, from the science to the romance. He travels to distilleries and major whisky conventions around the world, reporting on the latest news in the industry on his blog and in the magazine, which is published worldwide eight times per year. In his spare time, Rob is a keen biker, charity advocate, husband and dad. 


The entry countries for Make it 2 Bushmills, from each one pair of finalists will be selected by public vote to go forward to Bushcamp, are:

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Great Britain
  • Netherlands
  • Northern Ireland
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Russia
  • South Africa
  • United States