RTÉ 2FM Rising
RTÉ 2FM revealed its prestigious 2FM Rising list for 2022. This exciting list, chosen by a panel of experts, consists of ten music acts tipped for success and will have listeners thrilled with their catchy sound.
The ten artists are: Lucy Blue, Sophie Doyle Ryder, Aby Coulibaly, Bklava, Efe, New Dad, Sprints, Cian DuCrot, Sello, Smoothboi Ezra.
Some of the alumni from 2FM Rising in recent years are: Fontaines DC, Denise Chaila, Dermot Kennedy, Jafairs, Lyra, Pillow Queens, Wild Youth, JC Stewart, The Murder Capital, For Those I Love, Monjola and Gemma Dunleavy.
The announcement was made on The Tracy Clifford Show 2FM and between 31 January – 4 February Rising Week will kick off. Rising Week will see the ten chosen acts, which 2FM will champion during the year, promoted extensively across the station. It will also broadcast exclusive new music and interviews with these up and coming artists.
Director of Music 2FM Adam Fogarty said: “ We’re really excited to announce our ten new 2FM Rising artists for 2022. The music team and I deliberated over the list for a number months – which shows just how strong Irish music is right now.” Adam added: “2FM Rising is a key initiative for all of us and our support of Irish music and artists is something we are incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about. We believe our Rising list for 2022 is a great example of how strong and diverse the Irish music scene is right now. We look forward to supporting our Rising acts and the many other great Irish acts across our platforms in 2022.”
2FM Rising is in association with IMRO and each of this years ten acts will also receive a €1,000 bursary (€10,000 in total) from the IMRO.
Keith Johnson, IMRO Director of Marketing & Membership said: IMRO is delighted to continue its association with RTÉ 2FM Rising. It remains to be an incredibly challenging time for the music and wider artistic community and the RTÉ 2FM Rising initiative will provide an invaluable showcase and support platform for all of the participating acts throughout 2022.
2FM Rising, in association with IMRO, is an artist development initiative providing airplay, promotional and content opportunities for its chosen participants.
Golden Plec Plec Picks Series
Plec Picks is GoldenPlec’s annual flagship series highlighting the best new Irish music to look out for in the year ahead.
Now in its 9th year of publication the ‘Ones To Watch’ style features series has built up a reputation as one of the most comprehensive and detailed series of its type in Ireland with a reputation for tipping artists such as Hozier, Dermot Kennedy, Soule, Denise Chaila, Joy Crookes, Fontaines D.C. and more besides ahead of their big break.
The series includes a month of features, published daily throughout January (Mon-Fri), focussing on up-and-coming Irish musicians. The 2022 series has already begun drawing focus on artists such as Lucy Blue, Sprints, NewDad and Carrie Baxter.
“Over the course of the last 9 years we have worked tirelessly to build Plec Picks into Ireland’s premier new music feature series. We are excited to partner with IMRO on this project because it will enable us to introduce Irish artists to more people than ever before. The Irish music scene has been decimated by the pandemic and now, more than ever it is important to support Irish music and the Irish music industry both at home and abroad. This partnership will allow GoldenPlec to continue to showcase the amazing talent of Irish artists across all genres.” – GoldenPlec Editors Stephen Byrne and Ros Madigan.
The 2022 Plec Picks series will feature in-depth interviews with a large selection of chosen artists in tandem with a professional photoshoot created by GoldenPlec’s outstanding photography team; tailored to suit the unique visual style of each artist.
Keep an eye out on GoldenPlec’s social media each day for an update on each new act.
South Wind Blows brings Other Voices all the way back home to Dingle this November. The four-day event will feature live concerts in the Church of St James as well as a number of performances from the IMRO Other Room.
Fontaines D.C., John Grant, Kay Young, Houseplants and Gemma Dunleavy are among the first acts who will make their way to Dingle for Other Voices’ twentieth anniversary celebrations, with many more Irish and International artists to be confirmed. These performances will all be available to watch worldwide online.
The lineup for ‘Other Voices Presents’; ten live shows taking place from 26th – 28th November at An Díseart and The Hillgrove, is as follows:
Dani Larkin, Les SalAmandas, Clare Sands, Arborist, Loah, Our Krypton Son, Christian Cohle, David Kitt, Gareth Quinn Redmond, Kyle Macaulay & Nicole Ní Dhubhshláine, Trú Jack Warnock, Stevie Appleby, Ailbhe Reddy and Jack Talty.
Gemma Dunleavy, Invaderband, Sprints, Thumper, Melts, Rowan, Smoothboi Ezra, The Crayon Set, The Zen Arcade, Elaine Mai, Mango X MathMan, Nialler9, Shiv, Silverbacks, Aonair, Bricknasty, Enola Gay, N.O.A.H, Pretty Happy, prYmary colours, Tebi Rex, New Jackson and Malaki.
All of the performances at the Church of St James and the IMRO Other room will be streamed live to venues throughout Dingle and will also be available to view free of charge on the Other Voices’ YouTube.
Ireland’s Edge and Banter will also be returning to Dingle as part of Other Voices. The Ireland’s Edge Live event is sold out however two special online broadcasts will air on Tuesday the 30th November + Wednesday the 1st December at 7pm.
Chief Executive at IMRO Victor Finn said:
“It’s important this year in particular that we have continued to provide an International stage for emerging Irish artists. Other Voices provides a unique platform for our music to reach all corners of the globe through online and global television outlets.”
Other Voices founder Philip King said:
“We’re thrilled to welcome live audiences back to Dingle, that uplifting engagement between audience and artists is really at the heart of the live experience. We have some of the most brilliant musicians in the world making the pilgrimage to West Kerry and we have a gathering up of the new voices and artists who have written the emotional soundtrack to the Ireland of 2021. The artists and the crews that make them audible and visible are the heart of the matter and it’s a delight to celebrate their creativity and commitment. It’s going to be great.”
Executive Producer at RTÉ Justin Healy said:
“As we mark its 20th anniversary, Other Voices will continue to bring our audience incredible music from one of the most special corners of Europe. There is something unique about the tone of Other Voices that has captured exceptional performances from Irish and international artists, and RTÉ are proud to be part of the Other Voices story.“
Other Voices Twenty is made possible with the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, RTÉ, Kerry County Council, Tourism Ireland, IMRO and Jones Engineering Group.
The St James Church Restoration Fund
For twenty years St James’ Church has been Other Voices’ spiritual home. Its doors have welcomed everyone from Amy Winehouse to Young Fathers, St Vincent to The National and beyond, not to mention the hundreds of you who have been lucky enough to have ‘The Church’ experience. It’s been home to so many magic moments and after two decades the building is in need of care and we would ask you to consider donating to The St James’ Church Restoration Fund to help keep this historic space lit up for another two decades. You can donate here.