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New Music Production Platform The X Collective Announces Collaboration with Irish Arts Centre NYC

August 6, 2020

The X Collective, from Oíche Events, is Ireland’s newest collaborative collective of artists and creatives. The group is delighted to announce a special online concert supported by Irish Arts Center in New York City.

Filmed in the popular music venue – The Grand Social and available to stream on YouTube and Facebook from August 9th at 10pm, the special performance will see a diverse line-up of Ireland’s emerging artists showcasing their work.The event will feature performances from Chloë Agnew (Folk-Pop), Gemma Bradley (R&B), ELKAE (Synth-Pop), Tolu Makay (Soul), Shookrah (R&B), Shy Mascot (Hip-Hop-Jazz), Zeenie Summers (Pop-Soul), Toshín (Motown/Soul), and Zapho (Electro-Pop/Soul). 

Rachael Gilkey, IAC Director of Programming and Education, says, “Irish Arts Center is a national and international home for artists and audiences of all backgrounds who share a passion for the evolving arts and culture of contemporary Ireland and Irish America. We are thrilled to introduce our audiences to The X Collective whose energy and spirit of collaboration represent everything that is exciting and dynamic in modern Irish music.”

Founded by music promoter Emily Shaw (Oíche Events) and artist Ele Breslin (Zapho), The X Collective is a music production platform and a community of Ireland’s emerging music makers. Acting as a platform for artists to come together and collaborate in a safe and supportive space, the collective has already welcomed 80 members to the platform and this collaboration with Irish Arts Center is the first international relationship announced from the collective. 

Of the collaboration, Breslin and Shaw said, “We are delighted that Irish Arts Centre have allowed us to put this amazing project together.”

Shaw added: “The X Collective is mass-collaborative in that the music and art produced is the combined efforts and work of it’s artists and creatives. It’s cultural in that it provides a space where different cultures are shared, explored, and nurtured through art, and it’s imaginative in that it promotes combined success rather than individualistic ideologies in striving for solidarity.” Says Breslin, “As a music organisation we were made to modify how we work in this physically restrictive landscape – in particular adapting to a world without concerts and events. In a time of lost connection, our collective has continued to connect, create, and collaborate. Ireland needs a safe place where artists, most of whom have been negatively impacted by the crisis through loss of paid work, can reconnect while sustaining their livelihood and therefore find comfort from the pandemics aftershock.”

“The X Collective: A Modern Ireland in Music” will be streamed on YouTube and Facebook on Sunday, August 9 at 10pm GMT, with all social distancing protocols followed by the artists, crew, and venue staff.

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