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Dancing – Slow Skies

Dubliner Karen Sheridan releases a video for ‘Dancing’, from her debut album due for release in May 2018.


Ships win the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2017

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


RTE-CMP-Logo-BlackShips 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)

Karen Coss – ‘We’ll Never Know’

Leopardstown Spin 1038 Student Raceday

Leopardstown Spin 1038 Student Raceday
Wild Youth set to headline

Wild YouthIreland’s biggest student event returns to Leopardstown Racecourse this April  4th with a packed programme of horse racing, entertainment and great music.  The Spin 1038 Student Raceday has been a 12,000 capacity event for the last two years and headliners Wild Youth look set to ensure a third sold out year at Leopardstown Racecourse.

The breakthrough band of 2017, Wild Youth have seen their first two singles ‘All or Nothing’ and ‘Lose Control’ clock up well in excess of one million streams, while the band finished a triumphant year playing alongside the likes of Niall Horan and Picture This.

The young quartet are no strangers to festival stages this early in their career, having already played the likes of Longitude, Indiependence and Sea Sessions. It’s with huge anticipation that Leopardstown Racecourse invites Wild Youth to play Student Raceday, taking place on Wednesday, April 4.

The Spin 1038 Student Raceday is an all ticket event and pre-purchase is required. Tickets start at only €12 and rise to €16 before the event. Gates are open at 1pm and the race card will feature seven races during the day, starting at 3.25pm, completing a vibrant afternoon of fun, sports, celebrity, fashion and music. The Best Dressed Guy & Gal Competition is once again supported by Jack & Jones & Vero Moda and there are fantastic prizes on offer for those who put in the extra effort.

Shuttle buses will run from DCU, UCD & Maynooth to Student Raceday, operated by JJ Kavanagh & Sons, while Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample FREE parking is available onsite.

Vicki Donlon, Leopardstown Racecourse – “Leopardstown SPIN 1038 Student Raceday is one of the highlights of the calendar; this sell-out event gets better each year welcoming students for a day of fantastic racing, entertainment and fun. The younger generation are so important for the future of racing and we are delighted when we see students returning to Leopardstown for other race meetings after first sampling the product at Student Raceday”.

Check www.leopardstown.com for further information and to purchase tickets.


Introducing…RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” In Association with IMRO and Culture Ireland

Introducing…RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations”
In Association with IMRO and Culture Ireland
Morrison Hotel, Dublin – Thursday 8th March



RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations” is a thoughtfully curated international-leaning music forum designed to encourage an exchange of learning and discussion and challenge the biggest prevailing issues facing both artists and industry professionals.

It will take place on the day of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event, Thursday 8th March from 10.30am at the Morrison Hotel. Tickets, priced at €5.00, are on sale now via http://choicemusicprize.ie/conversations

The event will provide an opportunity to learn from and challenge leading figures and experts working in the International Industry and examine some of the critical components of today’s constantly changing music industry landscape.

The panels will be moderated by Jim Carroll from RTÉ.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize “Conversations, Morrison Hotel, Printworks Room 1

Registration : 9.30am

Conversation 1: 10.30am- 11.15am Public Interview with Alan Swan (Director of music at RTE 2FM)

Conversation 2: 11.30am – 12.20pm The Record Label

Why Do I Need A Record Label in 2018.

Conversation 3: 1.30pm – 2.20pm Money / Synch

Where’s the money “The Publishing / Copyright Panel” – “The Art of Income from Songwriting & Synch”.

Conversation 4: 2.30pm – 3.20pm The Women In Music

Women in the industry: a celebration and reinforcement of the proliferation of women in the music industry – particularly important in Ireland where certain key roles are still traditionally occupied by men.

For further information:


Primal Scream join Walking on Cars & Jake Bugg as Indiependence headliners

Primal Scream join Walking on Cars & Jake Bugg as Indiependence headliners

Indiependence Music & Arts Festival
Deer Farm
Co Cork
August 3 – 5, 2018


primal-scream-1UK indie legends, Primal Scream, are the latest headliner added to Indiependence Music & Arts Festival, taking place on August Bank Holiday Weekend at Deer Farm, Mitchelstown, Co Cork this summer. They join a growing line-up that already features Walking on Cars, Jake Bugg, Cast, Le Galaxie, Sigala and a whole new cohort of stand out Irish talent.

Primal Scream have released some ground breaking albums (ScreamadelicaVanishing PointXTRMNTR) over an amazing career that has seen the band meld garage rock to psychedelia, indie pop to electonica, in a constantly evolving collective with a huge Irish fanbase. INDIE18 offers up its annual top class Irish and international mix and today announces more excellent acts alongside an already top class bill.

Back with their first album in four years, Delorentos return to Deer Farm, with other INDIE favourites And So I Watch You From Afar and Little Hours, while INDIE18 sees Circa Waves, Sam Fender, Aine Cahill, Ryan McMullan Bad Bones, DAY_S, LOAH, Ailbhe Reddy, Marc O’Reilly, Roe, Fontaines DC, Brass Phantoms, True Tides, Inhaler and Thanks Brother all joining the bill.

There’s high quality accommodation at INDIE18 with the arrival of Pink Moon Camping, offering a variety of comfortable sleeping options; complete with hot private showers, ‘posh toilets’, fresh water and sinks. Tickets are also on sale for the INDIE VIP Garden, which offers a secluded chill out area with private bars and entertainment.

Tickets have been selling fast for INDIE18 with several tiers for the fesitival already sold out. Other acts already announced for Deer Farm include King Kong Company, HamsandwicH, Mylo, Everything Everything, Tom Grennan, Wild Youth Le Boom and The Blizzards. Weekend Camping Tickets are currently available.

Now in its 13th year, Indiependence has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest and most loved events, drawing international acts like Basement Jaxx, Public Enemy, De La Soul and Editors to play alongside the best names in Irish music, in the scenic foothills of the Galtee Mountains. There are more announcements in store over the coming months!

Ticket information: www.indiependencefestival.com