The Whelan's Ones to Watch festival will return to the Dublin venue for its fifth year next month, and has put a call out to bands and artists who are interested in playing.

The festival primarily shines a spotlight on the best up-and-coming Irish acts and will host over 60 bands and acts in Whelan's and the Opium Rooms from January 8th - 11th.

This year marks the first time that bands are invited to submit themselves for inclusion - you can apply here free of charge.