First Music Contact presents…
IRELAND MUSIC WEEK 2019
Discovering The Soundtrack To Ireland’s Future
Artist Applications Now Open
1st – 5th October
Tuesday 1st | Wednesday 2nd | Thursday 3rd | Friday 4th | Saturday 5th October
Ireland Music Week is calling on Irish artists to apply to play at this year’s festival. It will take place across five days in October, with the music showcases taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th.
Log onto https://www.irelandmusicweek.com and click on the “APPLY TO PLAY” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile. Closing date for applications is June 16th.
50 acts will have the chance to play and take part in this internationally-recognised event which runs in a variety of venues across Dublin showcasing Ireland’s best emerging talent.
For artists of all levels, the conference at the festival will give them a chance to learn and develop their craft and create new opportunities with agents, labels, bookers, music supervisors and services from all over the world. IMW has planned a number of new approaches to the conference that will make sure attendees can get the most out of the event no matter what stage of your professional development you are at.
This year, additions to this core programming will include dedicated B 2 B conference elements to facilitate the needs of the newly formed FMC-founded AIM Ireland, along with other offerings from new strategic partners introducing new audiences for Irish music around Europe as well as more networking and masterclasses to be announced closer to the dates.
First Music Contact, who run Ireland Music Week work with Irish acts from the very beginning of their careers. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital exposure provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend including avenues for agent, label, management deals and more.
“Ireland Music Week is a key moment in the talent pipeline for the best emerging artists in our country and plays a key strategic role in how we are helping develop Irish artists and Irish music to become world beaters” says Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact. “We would encourage artists who feel they are ready for international development to apply for Ireland Music Week, so we can start this story with them “
FMC also run Music From Ireland, the Irish music export office.
Artist applications now open via https://www.irelandmusicweek.com/apply
Ireland’s annual music showcase and conference Hard Working Class Heroes festival has changed its name, now known as Ireland Music Week and will expand to a five-day event.
Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include Just Mustard, The Wood Burning Savages, Wild Youth, Æ Mak, Flynn, Pillow Queens, ROE, Bad Bones, A. Smyth, Kitt Philippa, Laoise, THUMPER, Maria Kelly, Molly Sterling, Joshua Burnside and more.
Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Fontaines DC, David Keenan, Soulé, Daithí, whenyoung, Bitch Falcon, Jafaris, Chasing Abbey, Saint Sister, Wyvern Lingo, Jealous of the Birds, Fangclub, Touts, The Academic, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier, along with Girl Band, Jape, The Coronas, Talos, Le Boom, Loah, Soak, Ham Sandwich, All Tvvins, Otherkin and many more.
|| Ireland Music Week is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) ||
RTÉ Choice Music Prize
In association with IMRO and IRMA
Irish Album of the Year 2018 Shortlist Announcement
Vicar Street, Dublin – Thursday 7th March
Tickets on sale now at http://www.ticketmaster.ie
The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2018, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced today on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by Tony Clayton-Lea, chairman of the judging panel. The shortlist is as follows:
The Academic – Tales From The Backseat (ROOM6 Records)
Delorentos – True Surrender (Delo Records)
Just Mustard – Wednesday (Pizza Pizza Records)
Kojaque – Deli Daydreams (Soft Boy Records)
O Emperor – Jason (Big Skin Records)
Lisa O’Neill – Heard A Long Gone Song (River Lea Recordings)
Saint Sister – Shape Of Silence (self released)
Rejjie Snow – Dear Annie (BMG)
Villagers – The Art Of Pretending To Swim (Domino Recording Co)
Wyvern Lingo – Wyvern Lingo (Ruby Works)
As part of RTÉ’s continued commitment to promoting Irish music, RTÉ 2FM celebrates the announcement of the shortlist across its schedule throughout the day with All Irish Music All Day from 6am to midnight. Dave Fanning will also chat to Tony Clayton-Lea about the album shortlist on his weekend show this Saturday from 9.00 – 11.00am on RTÉ 2FM.
The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 7th March and broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show from 7-11pm. A special television programme of the event will be broadcast shortly afterwards on RTÉ2.
The 14th annual RTÉ Choice Music Prize will once again celebrate the best in Irish recorded music. The Prize has become one of the music industry highlights of the year since its inception in 2005. The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of twelve Irish music media professionals and industry experts.
RAAP and Culture Ireland are also official project partners of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize.
Culture Ireland will fund the attendance of influential overseas Industry executives to attend the RTE Choice Music Prize Live Event on March 7th. First Music Contact (FMC), as part of their international profiling activity, will again advise on the selection of overseas delegates and oversee their integration into the individual mentoring sessions with the artists and the conference.
This year RTÉ Choice Music Prize also partnered with Yangaroo Music Ireland who have provided all eligible artists with a simple, free method of instant delivery of a digital copy of their eligible album directly to the Irish Album of the Year judging panel. Yangaroo Music Ireland (http://www.yangaroomusic.ie) offer a professional digital delivery service for Labels and Artists to deliver their new music releases instantly to media, venues, festivals and promoters in Ireland.
RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” will return and take place on the 7th.
Tickets for the Choice Music Prize live event are on sale now from all Ticketmaster outlets and from http://www.ticketmaster.ie priced €28.00 including booking fee.
Following their triumphant anniversary show last year in Dublin’s NCH, PictureHouse have announced a once off show on November 23rd in The Academy to celebrate their “Karmarama” album from 1998.
“Karmarama” which achieved gold status, reached the Irish Top 10 and featured a string of hit singles including , “All the time in the world”, “Love in the streets” and the summer smash hit “Sunburst” which was the most played song on Irish radio for both 1998 and 1999 and appeared on TV ads as well as a film soundtrack.
Returning to the scene of the crime, PictureHouse recorded a live album in a venue called HQ – which was on the site of what is now The Academy. “This was a no brainer for us, after our Shine Box show in NCH last year, we found people wanted to hear these songs live again, we thought it would be great to go back do these songs on the site where we also recorded a live album back then! We’ll play the entire album and some other favourites. We can’t wait!”
Last year the band famously celebrated their 21st anniversary of their debut album Shine Box amid tributes from President Higgins, Dustin The Turkey and Bono.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster from €32
HARD WORKING CLASS HEROES 2018
Call for Applications
Ireland’s Annual Music Showcase and Conference
Thursday 27th | Friday 28th | Saturday 29th September
Hard Working Class Heroes festival is making its annual call to Ireland’s musicians, bands and singer-songwriters to apply for HWCH 2018. 50 acts will have the chance to play and take part in this internationally-recognised event which runs in a variety of venues across Dublin showcasing Ireland’s best emerging talent.
Log on to hwch.net and click on the “BANDS APPLY HERE” button – applications will be through the artists’ Breaking Tunes profile. Closing date for applications is July 6th.
The festival takes place from Thursday 27th to Saturday 29th September with an opening networking night followed by the live showcases which will take place across Friday and Saturday night. Keep an eye on the socials for tips from some of the local and international judges between now and the application closing date on July 6th.
First Music Contact, who run the festival, work with Irish acts from the very beginning. This annual showcase is an opportunity to offer Irish acts some vital exposure provided by the stellar mix of influential Irish and international delegates who attend HWCH including avenues for agent, label, management deals and more.
RTÉ 2FM have come on board as the official radio partner (further details to follow in July).
Last year HWCH reduced the amount of bands showcasing to 50 and highlighted the need for acts to have a development plan and an eye on international activity. The success of this move resulted in a record number of Irish acts being selected for overseas showcase events in 2017 including Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape, Reeperbahn, Primavera Pro and more.
Some of last year’s big successes to progress from the festival include acts such as Soulé, Roe, Bitch Falcon and David Keenan who played at Eurosonic in January / Fontaines, Æ Mak, Jafarais Lilla Vargen and Jealous of the Birds who showcased at The Great Escape / Paddy Hanna and Le Boom who recently graced the Primavera Pro stage in Barcelona.
Since its inception in 2003, the festival has showcased many of Ireland’s best-known acts including Maria Kelly, Saint Sister, Choice Music Prize winners Rusangano Family, Villagers, 2013’s breakthrough act Hozier along with Girl Band, Ailbhe Reddy, Delorentos, Soulé, Jape, Coronas, Pleasure Beach, Talos, Le Boom, Otherkin and many more.
“With bands securing agents, managers and some label deals as well as a huge jump in national and international profile, a slot at HWCH is something of a bucket list achievement for a lot of developing Irish acts “ says HWCH Director Angela Dorgan “the payoff is also on view in the record amount of Irish acts on the bill at all our domestic festivals. It has never been more important to showcase Irish talent”.
At last year’s festival, HWCH announced a new initiative with Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office, the ‘Start Your Own Music Business Course’ was designed by DCC LEO and First Music Contact specifically for musicians and those who work with them in an effort to increase supports to musicians as Creative Industries.
The first 18 graduates of the pilot scheme which ran this year with great success will be celebrated on the opening night of HWCH. FMC are delighted to continue the relationship with DCC LEO for 2018 and beyond with the second SYOMBC launching in January with more to come around the country througout 2019.
|| HWCH is supported by The Arts Council / Culture Ireland / Dublin City Council Local Enterprise Office (LEO) / RTÉ 2FM / IMRO ||
Laura Whitmore Writes for Hot Press About The MeToo Movement – and Her Own Experience of Sexual Mistreatment.
**The full, in-depth interview can be seen in the new Hot Press, in stores from Thursday, 12 April 2018.
In a major article that runs over three pages of the magazine, the UK-based Irish broadcaster takes a stand on the issue of the abuse of women both in everyday life – and via the media. And she details her own experience of aggressive and threatening unwanted male attention.
In the new issue of Hot Press, which hits the news stands tomorrow morning; Laura Whitmore has written an exclusive piece on the issue of the abuse of women and the importance of the MeToo movement.
The article is based on Laura’s own personal experiences, which she describes in powerful detail, for the first time.
“My heart says now is the time to talk about this,” Laura tells Hot Press readers, “probably because personally I feel stronger and in a better position – and on a wider scale, the truth is that we’ve all had enough.”
The article sets out a series of deeply unpleasant and sometimes threatening experiences to which the Irish broadcaster, actor and model has been subjected during the course of her career – but also simply as a woman. It is a heart-felt and moving statement about the way in which far too many men over-step the mark, with results that are frequently ugly and offensive.
“Last year I was in a club with my friends and I could feel a hand on the back of my leg,” she writes. “Initially I thought it was my boyfriend messing or a mate about to pinch my bottom – but the hand went under my skirt, between my legs, and firmly touched me. As I turned, I saw it was a guy who I did not know. He was laughing.”
The problem for women in general is that experiences like this are relatively commonplace. Which is why Laura insists, during the course of a finely written piece, that the routine abuse of women must stop.
“Away from allegations of rape, and flawed judicial systems,” Laura reflects, “what has really hit me is how women are portrayed in general. All this shaming and degrading. In a sense, the ‘Me Too’ movement is just the tip of the iceberg.”
She writes about her experiences during Strictly Come Dancing – which proved to be a desperately unhappy experience for her.
“I was thrown into the lion’s den,” she recalls, “and into the middle of someone’s break-up that had nothing to do with me. Once again, I was a ‘rumoured love interest’.
“The media saw me as blonde bait in a sequined dress,” she adds. “How have we sunk to this situation, where women are routinely reduced, and demeaned, in this way? It is impossible to understand, when everything about it is so wrong, so misguided and so vile.”
She also describes scenes of harassment and expresses her anger at how male photographers look for so called ‘pants shots’ – at the expense of her and other women.
“I know that compared to many people I have been fortunate. I love this life and I’ve been blessed with wonderful opportunities – but I’ve had enough of being trivialised and gossiped about. Women are not playthings – either of men or of the media – and should not be treated as such.”
**The full, in-depth interview can be seen in the new Hot Press, in stores from Thursday, 12 April 2018.
The full article can be read on www.hotpress.com NOW
The new Hot Press, available in shops or here: https://shop.hotpress.com
Popular music is the cultural generator of the 20th century. At its heart has always been the vinyl record, that object of near fetishistic desire and a stimulus for wild debate. We pursued our records insatiably, hunting them down to obscure cramped shops teeming with like-minded souls, rushing them home to our quiet little rooms. We carefully slipped them out of their thin, white sleeves and played them from start to finish, side after side, flipping them over lovingly, longingly, again and again. We loaned them out reluctantly, borrowed them greedily, pored over the sleeve-notes and artwork in moments of peace. We cherished them without shame, coveted them without guilt, adored them with a passion. We viewed them in equal measure as whispers in a confession box, screams in a field, and letters to a lover.
VINYL (Dublin) is our salute to all such things, an immersive theatre of the mind comprising musicians, producers, designers and filmmakers specially convened to celebrate the rich history and enduring legacy of vinyl, its landmark recordings and key personnel, the groundbreaking labels and studios that fostered such talent, with contributions and insights from some of its most perceptive champions.
This three-day event, to be held on the May Bank Holiday weekend (5-7 May 2018) at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, will feature specially programmed talks, panel discussions, curated collections, music performances, album playbacks, art exhibits, pop-up stores, signings, and equipment showcases. The various events will each make special use of the RHK’s expansive grounds and infrastructure, from the magnificent Great Hall and Baroque Chapel to its cloistered, cobblestone courtyard.
In this its inaugural year, VINYL will play host to Snow Patrol who will present an exclusive playback of select tracks from their forthcoming album Wildness in the company of broadcaster and writer Edith Bowman. Shane MacGowan, in conversation with Stiff Records supremo Dave Robinson, will consider his favourite records and how they have shaped him as one of the great chroniclers of our age. Chrissie Hynde will chat with Pete Paphides about The Pretenders some forty years on, whilst Bob Geldof will discuss the early days of the Boomtown Rats, punk/pop success, international fame, and why he will always be a musician. Geoff Barrow, in conversation with acclaimed Irish actor Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders), will discuss his career in music, from assisting Massive Attack during the making of Blue Lines to forming Portishead, and subsequently soundtracking films for Ben Wheatley (Free Fire) and Alex Garland (Ex Machina). Tracey Thorn will discuss her music and writing career in the wake of her latest critically acclaimed album, Record. Tim Burgess of The Charlatans will wax lyrical about the nature of vinyl and music with his good friend and all-round comedic Renaissance woman, Sharon Horgan. Noel Hogan (co-songwriter with Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries) will reunite with producer Stephen Street to reminisce about the making of the band’s debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? Aslan will reflect on their own debut album, Feel No Shame, released some thirty years ago, whilst legendary guitarist Scott Gorham will discuss Thin Lizzy’s meteoric rise to prominence, the band’s abiding legacy, and their charismatic lead singer Phil Lynott. James Lavelle, one of the most esteemed electronic music practitioners of the past twenty-five years, will discuss Mo’Wax Records and his time in the UNKLE collective. DJ, producer, and remixer, Andrew Weatherall will discuss his groundbreaking work with Happy Mondays, Primal Scream, New Order and My Bloody Valentine. Ed Piller (of Acid Jazz Records) and the actor Martin Freeman (Fargo, The Hobbit) will discuss their mutual love of mod subculture, its range of influences, its music, and how it informs their lives, not to mention their recent collaboration, Jazz On The Corner. Simon Raymonde, bass guitarist and keyboard player with the sadly defunct Cocteau Twins, will discuss the history and development of his Bella Union record label, as well as the musicians associated with it. Singer-songwriter and political activist, Billy Bragg, will outline his primary influences in both fields in a career that has spanned over four decades. A staunchly feminist spirit, and a true survivor, Peggy Seeger will draw from her 2017 memoir First Time Ever to speak of a childhood immersed in music and politics and featuring some of the most influential names in popular culture, from Woody Guthrie and Jackson Pollock, to Pete Seeger and Ewan MacColl. Welsh musician, author, filmmaker, producer and composer, Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals will chat to fellow countryman Huw Stephens (co-host of our own Other Voices) about his search for cultural roots. Irmin Schmidt, one of the great pioneers of ambient and experimental music, will discuss the history and legacy of Can with the writer Rob Young (Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain’s Visionary Music). Musician, performance artist and writer, Cosey Fanni Tutti will recount tales from her critically acclaimed memoir Art Sex Music, whilst Vaughan Oliver, arguably the most iconic graphic designer of our times (working with the likes of The Breeders, Pixies and Cocteau Twins), will present ‘Walking Backwards’, a selective exhibition taken from his extensive design archive.
Exclusive exhibitions at VINYL will include James Lavelle’s ‘Daydreaming With UNKLE’, Vaughan Oliver’s ‘Walking Backwards’, Peter Boettcher’s ‘Photographing Kraftwerk’, and Rory Gallagher’s vinyl collection as assembled by the guitarist’s brother, Donal.
Across the three days of VINYL there will also be a Tower Records pop-up store stocked with the back catalogues of our various attendees along with hard-to-source special editions and books, whilst long established Irish hi-fi store,Cloney Audio, will be onsite showcasing their specialist audiophile systems.
The first festival of its kind anywhere in the world, VINYL will present the people who made the records that would define not just a number of eras but also their respective cultures. It runs from Saturday, 5 May to Monday, 7 May and will take place in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.
Additions to VINYL will be unveiled over the coming weeks.
Tickets for this unique music culture event go on sale this Thursday (29 March) at 9am via ticketmaster.ie.
BELL X 1
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!
March 21st-25th – 5 Night Residency at Vicar St, Dublin (all shows are sold-out)
May 6th – King John’s Castle, Limerick (sold-out)
June 15th – Live at the Marquee, Cork
To celebrate 20 years together as a band, Bell X1 will take up a special residency with of 5 Nights at Vicar Street starting next Tuesday 21st March. Moving outdoors later in the year, the band will play Limerick in May and then Cork in June.
Each night at Vicar St will offer something different for the fans, with spotlights on certain albums and moments that have made Bell X1 one of Ireland’s most treasured bands.
Lots can happen over 20 years. While economies can collapse and rebuild. Lovers can lock eyes, walk down aisles and drop children to school gates. Under our noses, tastes undergo changes we may never understand and cherished silver can earn its tarnishing.
Live in 2018
Wed 21 March, Vicar St – Neither Am I
Thu 22 March, Vicar St – Music In Mouth
Fri 23 March, Vicar St – Flock
Sat 24 March, Vicar St – Greatest Hits
Sun 25 March, Vicar St – Bell X1 Acoustic-ish
Sun 6 May – King John’s Castle, Limerick (Greatest Hits)
Fri 15 June – Live at the Marquee, Cork (Greatest Hits)
Two decades later, they find themselves in a position even they could never have imagined. It is a unique territory in the Irish rock landscape – a household name, yes, but still keenly relevant and critically lauded. What’s more, Bell X1 remain restless and fidgety at a point in their career when most acts, should they dream of even hanging in that long, tend to narrow their field-of-vision and consolidate their legacy.
Bell X1 are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty & Dominic Philips.
“20 years! Jaysus! It’s kinda snuck up on us…..”– Paul Noonan
Cathy Davey is taking it all back to essentials and for 2018 will be presenting her Bare Bones Tour.
The tour features just Cathy and two of her closest musical allies, Derren Dempsey on guitar and Stephen Kiernan on drums. The show and album will feature hit favourites like Little Red and Sing For Your Supper, but fans will also be treated to a brand new music.
This is a tour that Cathy has been longing to do for a long time, as she explains, “This stripped down set is where I’m at, at the moment. My new songs are very exposed and raw, unashamedly anti-lush. The nakedness of the Bare Bones setup suits me much better now that I’m older and feels less vulnerable”
Cathy his launching her 2018 Bare Bones Tour with a very special show in Dublin’s Unitarian Church on Stephen’s Green on Friday March 23rd. This show will be recorded and released on vinyl for Record Store Day – April 21st.
Vinyl is thriving in Ireland but it’s about to go into a new orbit with the arrival of Dublin Vinyl – a world class facility which has been pressing records since December. Turning this album around
on vinyl in such a short time wouldn’t be possible without them and they’re delighted to be involved. As Hugh Scully explains, “We’re always looking for interesting projects to work on in Dublin Vinyl, and Cathy has created an idea that we’re delighted to be able to bring to life.” Cathy is thrilled that she’ll be able to record, master and press her album in Dublin.
Record Store Day is vinyl lover’s Christmas and is huge in Ireland as national organiser Stephen Judge explains. “ Forty Six shops around Ireland take part in Record Store Day and it’s a huge day for all involved. Cathy’s album project is exactly what Record Store Day is about and it’s this kind of exciting out of the box thinking which drives people into shops on April 21st. We’re delighted she’s doing this.”
About DUBLIN VINYL:
Dublin Vinyl is the first new major pressing plant to open in Ireland in a generation. Located in Glasnevin, it has a capacity of over 100,000 records per month and has already has customers from all over the world. Dublin Vinyl was founded by former club DJ and promoter Hugh Scully and musician/booking agent Donagh Molloy.
About RECORD STORE DAY:
Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on April 19, 2008. Today there are Record Store Day participating stores on every continent except Antarctica. https://recordstoreday.ie
RTÉ Choice Music Prize in association with IMRO and IRMA
Ships win the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017
Chasing Abbey take home the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year 2017
Ships has been announced as the winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017 for the album Precession (Ships Music label). The judging panel, made up of Irish music media professionals, deliberated at length tonight before choosing the winning album.
Ships received a cheque for €10,000, a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) – as well as a specially-commissioned award.
The winner of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year was also announced and Chasing Abbey won the prize for their song “That Good Thing”. Decided by the public via the RTÉ and Choice Music Prize websites, fans got behind their favourite song in big numbers.
The sold-out event in Vicar Street was hosted by RTÉ 2FM’s Eoghan McDermott and was broadcast live on the station on a specially extended Louise McSharry show.
RTÉ2 will broadcast a one-hour TV highlights programme of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize featuring performances from the acts and interviews by Bláthnaid Treacy on Sunday March 18th at 11pm.
Earlier during the day, the inaugural “Conversations” took place at the Morrison Hotel, a music forum attended by international and Irish industry.
RAAP, Culture Ireland, The BAI & Golden Discs are also official project partners.
RTE Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2017 Shortlist
Come On Live Long – In The Still (self released)
Marlene Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)
Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)
Lankum – Between the Earth and Sky (Rough Trade)
James Vincent McMorrow – True Care (Faction Records)
New Jackson – From Night to Night (All City)
Otherkin – OK (Rubyworks)
Fionn Regan – The Meetings of the Waters (Abbey Records)
Ships – Precession (Ships Music) – WINNER
Talos – Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)