Ireland is host to some the newest, freshest talent - here are just 10 Irish artists that you should be listening to.
One half of independent label Soft Boy Records, Kojaque’s lyrics are brutally honest, while also being effortlessly catchy. The Dublin native released his debut album, ‘Deli Daydreams,’ last year, which got him shortlisted for album of the year at the Choice Music Prize Awards. His newest single ’Flu Shot’ was revealed on the Annie Mac show on BBC Radio One last week.
Electronic/indie/house duo made up of Aimie and Christy enjoyed a huge year in 2018. They supported Christine and The Queens in the RDS, as well as releasing four new singles, and playing at Electric Picnic. How could it get any better? The pair also have four sold out headline gigs to play around Ireland later this year, and a spot at a host of music festivals, including Independence 2019.
David Kennan is not just another young lad who knows how to play an acoustic guitar - his music totally engulfs you into his world. An amalgamation of rock n roll, blues, and even trad music sees Keenan stay fresh in an Ed Sheeran-shaped world. The singer appeared on 'The Late Late Show' recently, and has just been announced to play Dublin's Olympia Theatre next January.
Opening for Hozier would be on many an artists’ bucket list, so Eve Belle can rest easy since she’s had a live spot with both him and Mabel in Dublin. Her newest single ‘CutThroat,’ which was released just after Valentine’s Day, features a collaboration with Bristol rapper Isaiah Dreads.
King Kong Company
Rumoured to be an unbelievable act to watch live on stage (their mammies have said they’re “Ireland’s best live act” plus, they won Best Irish Act at the Pure M Awards in 2018); King Kong Company’s love for dance and electronic shines in every album, EP, and single release. KKC will is among the line-up for All Together Now this August too.
Made up of duo Conor and Lar, All Tvvins' debut album 'IIVV' rocketed into the Irish albums' chart at number two, back in 2016. And 2019 is the year that they'll return with their follow-up, 'Just To Exist' in April. They've been confirmed for a headline European tour in May, including a sold-out show at the Irish Independent Park with The Coronas and Sigrid, as well as the Indie 19 Festival which will be headlined by Biffy Clyro and Bastille.
22-year-old Derry native SOAK, AKA Bridie Monds-Watson, has garnered huge praise ever since breaking onto the scene in 2015 with her debut album ‘Before We Forget How to Dream.’ Her hotly anticipated second album ‘Grim Town’ will be released this April, after which she’ll embark on a European tour in May. Her first single from the album 'Knock Me Off My Feet' is infectious.
A singer/songwriter who loves a striped t-shirt, Bry’s life goal is to travel and perform in every single country in the world. He’s already had 62 countries ticked off the list in just a few years and has made quite the name for himself. He’ll be heading back to Dublin this May to play The Academy Green Room.
Pillow Queens are a rock band made up of Rachel, Sarah, Cathy, and Pam. Forming in 2016, the four piece released one of the anthems of 2018 with the awesome ‘Gay Girls.’ Sticking a massive two fingers up to “toxic masculinity” and promoting girl power in Ireland, here’s hoping we hear plenty more from the Queens. The band will be playing Waterford’s All Together Now festival this August too.
Northen Irish electronic music never sounded so good. ‘Avro Party’ was the producer’s debut release in 2017, and was greeted with critical acclaim. His follow-up, ‘II’ was released in October last year, and features an even more experimental and melancholic-inducing sound.
Those are just some of our top picks of great Irish artists out there at the moment. Who are you listening to at the moment? Let us know.