RTE Choice Music Prize Album Shortlist Announced

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is back!

The shortlist for the RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2018 has been released, and it’s a veritable who’s who from the current Irish contemporary music scene!

The shortlist, which was compiled by a judging panel headed up by renowned Irish journalist Tony Clayton-Lea, was announced on RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show on Wednesday 9th January, 2019. Tony is lined up to be a guest on Dave Fanning’s radio show on Saturday 12th. Tune in to 2FM between 9.00am and 11.00am to listen to chats about the album shortlist.

The #rtechoiceprize shortlist reads as follows:

The AcademicTales From The Backseat (ROOM6 Records)

DelorentosTrue Surrender (Delo Records)

Just MustardWednesday (Pizza Pizza Records)

KojaqueDeli Daydreams (Soft Boy Records)

O EmperorJason (Big Skin Records)

Lisa O’NeillHeard A Long Gone Song (River Lea Recordings)

Saint SisterShape Of Silence (self released)

Rejjie SnowDear Annie (BMG)

VillagersThe Art Of Pretending To Swim (Domino Recording Co)

Wyvern LingoWyvern Lingo (Ruby Works)

The RTÉ Choice Music Prize album of the year will be awarded during the annual live event, on Thursday 7th March, which once again returns to Vicar St.

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.

The shortlisted albums can be enjoyed in full on the RTÉ Choice Music Prize website www.choicemusicprize.ie and on  www.2fm.ie/rtechoicemusic

Here’s a sample playlist to whet your appetite.

All Together Now – Go Wild in the Country

There are just 4 weeks to go until shiny new All Together Now floats itself on the Irish music festival scene.

The new immersive 360 festival will run from 3rd to 5th August in the incredibly beautiful grounds of Curraghmore House, located in Portlaw, Co. Waterford.

With a bill of fare that includes every shade of music, theatre & comedy, a kiddies rave, an Arcadia Spectacular Afterburner, and much more, All Together Now looks set to become the Full Monty of Irish festivals.

Just when we thought Jenny Headen et al couldn’t possibly pack any more into the spectacular setting of the Curraghmore estate, they announce All Curious Minds, a spoken word area that will play host to the likes of British novelist and writer Will Self, renowned beatboxer and comedian Reggie Watts, Madness frontman Suggs and more.  To check out the full All Curious Minds line up, click HERE.

If however, you’re only here for the beer and the music, then get you onto our ATN Spotify playlist to check out some of the great and the good from the music world who’ll be treading the stage on the August bank holiday weekend.

Big hitters include Fleet Foxes, Underworld, Roisin Murphy, Mura Masa and First Aid Kit, while the musical stretch reaches right across the musical landscape. Diversity is one of the key facets of the inaugural ATN line-up. It boasts  genres across the full spectrum, including the contemporary classico-electro of Nils Frahm, the funk/crossover thrash of Thundercat, the electropop of Kelela and the alt-indie of Isaac Gracie to name but a few.

The ATN18 line up also includes revered music veterans Jimmy Cliff, Chaka Khan and Kevin Rowland, the former Dexy’s Midnight Runners frontman who’ll be hitting the decks for his own DJ set.

In addition to leftfield electro queen Murphy, the other acts flying the Irish flag will be Saint Sister, Talos, AE Mak, Brigid Mae Power, Katie Kim, Jape and the wonderful West Cork Ukulele Orchestra.

All Together Now is a festival in the true 360 sense, providing for every taste, mood and size. With its proper good spread of theatre and comedy, kiddie ents, music and melodrama, ATN18 has got you and yours covered!

Weekend tickets are on sale now at €179.50+ from the festival’s website.

22 Irish Acts Will Be Showcased At International Festivals Inc TGE & Primavera

Music From Ireland Announces Names of Irish Acts Being Showcased at Both TGE18 and Primavera Pro. 22 Irish Music Artists Will Line Out for Two of the Biggest Summer Festivals On The Euro Circuit

Music from Ireland has announced the names of those emerging Irish music artists selected to play two of this Summer’s biggest showcase festivals. Of the 22 up and coming acts, 19 have been lined up for Brighton-based The Great Escape while a further three will pitch up for Primavera Pro, the ‘pro-am’ leg of renowned Spanish summerfest, Primavera Sound. Two of the total acts, Le Boom and Fontaines DC will be showcased at both festivals.

TGE18, which will run from 17th to 19th May, will play host to nineteen Irish acts out of a staggering total line up of 450 emerging music artists set to light up the southern seaside town across the three days of the festival. The Irish team lining out for TGE18 is, in alpha order,






Roe Photo: Hotpress

Music from Ireland will host two Irish music showcase events at TGE on Thursday 17th May – details here:

10.30 – 11.30am Thursday, Networking Brunch (as part of Culture Ireland’s GB18 programme of events).

12.00 – 5.00pm Thursday, Series of Lives The Prince Albert venue, line up as follows:-

12.00 Tim Chadwick

13.00 Pillow Queens

14.00 Fontaines D.C.

15.00 RuthAnne

16.00 Æ Mak

In addition to the 19 artists giggin’ and rockin’ out at The Great Escape, two of those plus a further three are being given the chance to peddle their wares at the Primavera Pro spin-off of the illustrious Primavera Sound. The two lucky double dippers are Fontaines DC and Le Boom, who’ll be joined at PP by singer/songwriters Ailbhe Reddy, Roe and Paddy Hanna.

This is the first year that up and coming Irish music artists have been invited to showcase at the event which is a magnet for (Spanish & South American) industry insiders, tipsters and professionals. We have no doubt that all five acts will do themselves proud and then some. The Irish PP showcase is scheduled for Friday, 1st June at the Day Pro Stage.

All credit to Culture Ireland and Music from Ireland for working together to ensure the funding was put in place to support the promotion of Irish music through expansion into new global territories.

Listen to sounds by all 22 acts on out Music from Ireland – TGE & Primavera Playlist here.

It’s An All-Irish Go-Live for Forbidden Fruit

With a line up that features The War on Drugs, Kieran Hebden’s Four Tet, Warpaint, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Superorganism, the RHK-based Bulmer’s Forbidden Fruit Festival looks set to be one of the highlights of #summerfest2018. Scheduled to run across the full June Bank Holiday weekend, #FFF18 is a renowned hot-bed for both established and emerging ‘left-field’ music acts. Now, to add fuel to its already scorching fire, the Dublin-based music festival has just announced the return of its All-Irish Bulmers Live Stage featuring twenty Irish acts playing across the three day festival programme.

Rising stars such as Ailbhe Reddy, Lilla Vargen, Erica Cody, AE Mak, the Fontaines and Sylk will join the already stellar cast lined up to entertain the hordes set to take over the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham from 2nd to 4th June next. To celebrate all things emerging and Irish, we’ve whipped up a short Bulmers Live Stage Playlist to help you get both in the know and more importantly, in the mood for the first big Irish festival of Summer 2018. Listen to it below,

In what is has become an annual feature at FFF, the Bulmer’s Live Stage – 100% Irish Music Artists – is platform that plays host to a selection of emerging artists over the three days, promoting the best in new Irish music

Forbidden Fruit will play host to an array of innovative and off-mainstream acts during its three day festorama over the June bank holiday. With acts as diverse as Four Tet, The War on Drugs, Glass Animals, and Bonobo set to light up its many stages, #FFF18 once again looks set to be the ‘hard-shoulder’ of the Irish festival circuit. Amen to that!

Tickets for Bulmer’s Forbidden Fruit Vary in Package/Price

Monday Day (4th) €64.50

Two Day Weekend (Sat 2nd & Sun 3rd) – €119.00

Three Day (Sat 2nd, Sun 3rd, Mon 4th) – €162.50

All tickets available via Ticketmaster.ie

Listen to the DervSwerve #FFF18 Bulmers Live Stage Playlist here,

Biggin’ It Up – BBC Music’s Festival Quartet Is On Its May

The Biggest Weekend, BBC Music’s four-fold festival weekend is on its way back this May Bank Holiday (UK) weekend. Ahead of this bumper four-in-one festivale, we took a look at the who, the what and the when …

Date for the Diary

BBC Music’s ‘The Biggest Weekend’ takes place across four days, kicking off on 25th May and closing out on 28th. The where might take some negotiation, not to mind a Tardis, as the four x four festival relay takes in Belfast (N.Irl), Coventry (Eng), Perth (Scot) and Swansea (Wal).

Catering for BBC Music fans across the entire British Isles, the festival organisers have excelled themselves with their choice of venues:


Over 175,000 tickets will go on sale – but be warned, the bulk of these will be available only to residents in the immediate locale, with the balance being offered to the wider public. For details on how to get your CLICK HERE.

Who’s Doing What & Where?

Naturally, all the ‘talk talk’ is about Princess TayTay. Fan’s of lil’ Miss Swift will need to hit Swansea on Sunday 27th if they wish to get a sight of this bird! And if that wasn’t enough for one Welsh city, Taylor’s BAE Ed Sheeran will be looping the loop on stage at Singleton Park the evening before, Saturday 26th.
So excited to be part of The Biggest Weekend this summer! I’ve always loved performing at Big Weekend with Radio 1 and this year it’s going to be even bigger. Bring it on Swansea!” – Ed Sheeran
BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend line up boasts some of the biggest names in music; from Beck and Noel Gallagher with his flock of High Flying Birds, to Snow Patrol and Courtney Barnett. At present, the big Welsh name playing the festival, The Manic Street Preachers, are pitching up at the Belfast docks rather than Swansea harbour. However, former uber-group of the 80s, Simple Minds, will be flying the home flag when they take to the stage in Perth.

It’s Not All Guitars!

Not all of the music acts playing across the four-day festival are from the world of rock & pop. Contemporary violinist Nigel Kennedy will pitch up for not just one but two festival slots, as he’s set to play an opening night performance with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra on Friday 25th in Perth, followed up with date with the BBC Concert Orchestra on the closing night in Cov.
Speaking of the festival, the icon of new-wave classical commented: “I’m inspired by all kinds of music from across the world. I’m also inspired by people and by passion. Music should not be pigeon-holed and I have always believed that. So it’s great to be involved in an event which celebrates diversity across live musical genres with artists new and old. In Perth, I’ll be performing Bach and Gershwin with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and in Coventry, Highlights of the New Four Seasons and Hendrix with the BBC Concert Orchestra.”

And There’s More 

There are more names still to be added to this ridiculously good line up, including a plethora of emerging artists from the ranks of BBC Introducing. Elsewhere, the BBC Big Four – BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music will be on curation duties.  They’ll be providing extensive coverage of the festival over the four day period. Further coverage will be provided by 1Xtra and Asian Network.


Ticket for BBC Music ‘The Big Weekend’ will go on sale Monday 12th February, 2018. The demand will be massive so make you get in on the action early doors. For those of us unlucky enough not to be in a position to attend any of the four days/locations, there will also be extensive TV coverage on BBC One, BBC Two and BBC Four. The festival will be available to watch via BBC iPlayer, mobile and online.

For more details follow BBC Music on Twitter,


PS Before we go, we’ve whipped up a wee #TBW18 playlist for you. We’ll add to it as additional acts are announced.

Sigrid wins BBC Sound of 2018 poll


Norwegian Sigrid wins BBC Sound of 2018 poll

The Norwegian singer Sigrid has been announced as the winner of BBC Music’s Sound of 2018 Poll. The Don’t Kill My Vibe star beat off stiff competition from the likes of Pale Waves, Sam Fender and IAMDDB to claim this year’s top slot.

The annual poll, which is voted for by 173 music industry insiders, has previously seen Ellie Goulding, Adele and Jack Garratt take the crown. The BBC Music survey asks industry professionals to name their three favourite new acts (whose releases have not yet made it into the UK Top Ten). By anointing Sigrid as the Sound of 2018, the cohort of music pros are essentially backing her as ‘the artist most likely to’ rise to the top in 2018.

With her unwavering, impassioned voice and faultless electro-pop production, the singer broke through last year with her critically acclaimed debut single Don’t Kill My Vibe, released in Feburary 2017. While follow-on singles Strangers and Plot Twist were also hailed as sonic success stories by music critics across the globe, the Norwegian youngster has yet to crack the UK Top 40.

On being told of her win the singer, who is signed to Island Records said: (It’s) “crazy … I’m just really happy and proud of what my team and I have achieved together,” … adding that she was “honoured as there are so many other artists I look up to who have won this before me”.

Following the announcement, the singer hit BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge for some live renditions of her singles. (If you missed it, you can still catch it on BBC iPlayer for up to 30 days from 12th January, 2018).

This year’s Runner Up was English artist Alex O’Connell who performs under the Rex Orange County moniker. His blend of quirky R&B and easy-going guitar pop have seen the 19 year old ratchet up guest slots on US Rapper, Tyler the Creator’s album, as well as lives with Skepta and Frank Ocean.

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RTE Choice Music Prize – Album of the Year 2017 Shortlist Announced

RTE Choice Music Prize Album of the Year 2017 Shortlist Announced on 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by judging panel chairperson, Tony Clayton Lea.

The much anticipated shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, was announced earlier today via 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show by judging panel chairperson and renowned music & culture writer, Tony Clayton Lea.

The winning act, which will be announced at the Choice Music award ceremony in March, will receive a €10,000 prize fund (sponsored by IMRO/IRMA). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award. 

The ten album shortlist is made up as follows:

Come On Live Long – In The Still (self released)

Marlene Enright – Placemats and Second Cuts (self released)

Fangclub – Fangclub (Universal)

Lankum – Beneath the Earth and the 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)

Talos – Wild Alee (Feel Good Lost)

While all ten albums can be enjoyed in full over at www.choicemusicprize.ie you can listen to a selection of sounds from all ten nominated artists on our Spotify playlist below!

To celebrate the announcement, RTE 2FM scheduled an All Irish Music All Day, and its presenters have been playing tracks from all ten nominated albums since 6am. They’ll continue to do so until midnight tonight. 2FM presenter Louise McSharry, will this evening host a two-hour show dedicated to the Album of 2017 shortlist. The show, which will run from 8pm to 10pm, will also feature interviews with this year’s nominees as well as some live artist performances.

RTE, in association with IMRO and IRMA, will host the RTE Choice Music Prize live event in Vicar St, Dublin, on Thursday 8th March – see below for ticket details. RTE 2FM radio will facilitate a simultaneous live broadcast in a special extended programme. The Choice Music event will also feature in a special RTE Choice Music Programme to be broadcast by RTE2 television. Broadcast details to be confirmed.

A highlight of the Irish musical calendar, the Choice Music Prize is awarded to both the Irish Album and Irish Song of the Year. Nominees and winners are chosen by a twelve-person panel made up of media professionals and industry experts, captained by Tony Clayton-Lea.


Once again, a body of international music industry professionals, funded by Culture Ireland, will be invited to attend the March live event. In addition, indigenous record chain Golden Discs, will host RTE Choice Music Prize nominee showcase stands during a special in-store promotion.

The shortlist for the RTE Choice Music Prize – Irish Song of the Year 2017, will be announced later this month on 31st January. On the same evening, a special Choice Prize themed event featuring performances by nominees from both award categories will take place in Dublin’s Tramline venue.

Tickets for the Choice Music Prize award ceremony in Vicar St., are currently available from Ticketmaster priced at Euro 28.00 incl booking fee – go to http://www.ticketmaster.ie .

RTÉ Choice Music Prize, Irish Album of the Year 2017, in association with IMRO & IRMA. Official partners Golden Discs, RAAP and Culture Ireland.

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Trondheim Calling Set to Showcase Its Most Exciting Line-Up Yet

Trondheim Calling, Norway’s annual mid-Winter conference and new music showcase festival, will return at the beginning of February with what is probably its most exciting line up yet.

Trondheim Calling, Norway’s large music conference and second largest music showcase festival is getting ready for its 8th mid-Winter outing. The festival, which runs from 1st to 3rd February, hopes to improve on its staggering 2018 statistics. Last year, saw the festival draw an overall audience of 8,000, of which 1,300 attended its conference and, more importantly, on the live-music side, it enabled 100+ music artists to showcase their sounds to a mixed bag of fans, industry pros and media.

In addition to the Clarion Congress, multiple venues across Trondheim will open their doors to festival goers over the three-day period. Each year, as the festival grows in size, more and more of the local bars and music venues involve themselves in the ‘confest’ which has become the pride of Trondheim.

The conference, or business end of TC, takes place across multiple rooms in the local Clarion Congress, whose facilities are second to none, and which, having housed the conference for several years, has become almost a home from home for attending delegates. The laid back atmosphere and smooth clockwork-like running of all things TC related, is a testament to the seamless planning and organisational skills of both hotel management and festival organisers.

This year’s conference programme includes talks on topics such as setting up a PR team, how radio can work for music artists, and music rights and agreements, as well as interactive songwriting and studio engineering/production workshops. The programme will also see the return of last year’s inaugural Norway Calling.

This element of the programme gives five ‘export-ready’ artists the chance to pitch both themselves and their music to a forum that includes media delegates. Constructive feedback is provided by a carefully selected panel of international music professionals including media and management; this year’s panel includes Elspeth Merry from Island Records and Angelina Muth of 4 Music Berlin.

From a musical perspective, with venues set to bursting, and the most diverse line-up yet on offer, the festival should prove to be even more successful than its jam-packed, hyper-energised 2017 predecessor. “Our main purpose is to celebrate new Norwegian music, showcase artists who are on their way to a breakthrough and raise the level of competence in Norwegian music industry,” says festival chief Thomas Ryjord. And, looking at the artist line-up for this year’s festival, the organisers have well and truly excelled in bringing together the most exciting and diverse ‘mixum gatherum’ of homegrown talent to hit TC yet.

2018 will mark the return of fun lovin’ quasi-punkers Slotface, whose debut album Try Not To Freak Out and live performances shredded the 2017 international scene. It also heralds the return of the warrioresque Farao, whose latest album is set to drop this year. Other acts to note, are dark electro-pop band Ponette, shimmering Indie free-spirit Sol Heilo, experimental art-pop band Whales and this Lake, guitar-rockers Killer Kid Mozart and electronic act Atella, whose new EP features the wonder that is Aurora.

Shout outs also to Gundelach, whose recent collaboration with Ary, Games, was absolutely gorgeous, and also to Natalie Sandtorv, Daniele Reyes and Hanne Mjoen. All very different but equally wonderful artists.

Party Animals need look no further than Rick Ashtray. Hugely popular, this off-kilter quasi-grunge cum new wave outfit will leave no cobwebs un-blown. Get there early.

Check out our TC inspired playlist below. If you’re already booked to go to the festival it’ll help get you hyped, if not, well, it might just inspire you to book that ticket and hop on that train or plane. Whatevz, enjoy!

For full details on Trondheim Calling, both conference and festival, and information about how to get tickets/packages, please go to the official festival website, https://trondheimcalling.no/

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Call Still Open for Music Artists Wishing to Play TGE18

Artist Registration still open for TGE18. All musical shapes ‘n sizes eligible to apply. TGE18 in partnership with Liverpool-based music publisher Sentric Music.

Hear ye, hear ye. It’s official. Artist Registration for The Great Escape 2018 is officially open. Well, actually it’s been open since mid-Winter; think of this as just a gentle nudge. Back at the end of November, organisers of the annual Brighton bash announced the first 50 acts to be included in the 2018 line-up together with the promise that a further 400 acts would be added to the mix in the New Year.

Well here we are, and 400 prime live lots at TGE18 are going begging! Registration, which will close on 12th February, 2018, is open to all music artists from DJs through singer-songwriters to collectives.

Included in the first tranche of TGE’ers for 2018 were:

Aine Cahill, Dream State, Jerry Williams, KOPS, Lewis Capaldi, M.I.L.K., Pale Waves, Sam Fender, Stereo Honey and Valeras. You can check them out on our TGE18 First Taste Playlist below.

If you’re ‘in music’ and wish to participate in TGE18, apply to play HERE. Applications are free. Submissions will be reviewed by the TGE bookings team and the lucky artists contacted directly after applications close.

This year’s festival which will run from 17th to 19th May, 2018, will be hosted in partnership with independent music publisher, Sentric Music.

For more details on The Great Escape 2018 go to the official festival website – HERE. Check out our Spotify TGE – FirstTaste playlist here.

Hey Lana, Radiohead are Creepin’ on you!

Creep … the song that just keeps giving … and taking.

First it was Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood striding up the steps of the Courts, now it’s Radiohead. 

American music artist Lana del Rey has confirmed via Twitter that British alt-rock band Radiohead are suing for publishing rights to her Lust for Life track Get Free. The band claim del Rey and her co-writers plagiarised their 1992 single Creep.

Radiohead, who were themselves successfully sued for plagiarism by Albert Hammond and Mike Hazlewood, writers of the song The Air that I Breathe a cover of which was a hit for The Hollies, are seeking 100% of the publishing rights to Get Free.

The Born to Die star confirmed the law suit on Twitter on Sunday afternoon.

“It’s true about the lawsuit,” she tweeted. “Although I know my song wasn’t inspired by Creep, Radiohead feel it was and want 100% of the publishing – I offered up to 40 over the last few months but they will only accept 100. Their lawyers have been relentless, so we will deal with it in court.”

Later that evening she spoke directly to fans at her Denver La to the Moon show about the situation;

“I just want to say that I do have a particular song that Radiohead wants 100% of my publishing for it. Actually, the only reason why I mention it is because I know some of you have been brought here by people who really are fans and you’re just sorta here.

I just want to let you know that regardless of what happens in court, the sentiment that I wrote in that particular song, which was my statement song for the record, my personal manifesto, my Lana manifesto, I just want to let you know that regardless if it gets taken down off of everything, that those sentiments that I wrote, I really am going to still strive for them, even if that song isn’t on the future releases of the record. I mention that now because that song in particular … was an important song to me.

I just wanted to let you know that for the kids and not kids and real fans who are here.”

Hammond and Hazlewood successfully sued Radiohead for copyright infringement, claiming the band copied the chord progression and melody of The Hollies 1972 hit The Air that I Breathe. Post-legal wrangling they were credited as co-writers on further releases of Pablo Honey, the album from which the single Creep was taken. Now it looks like history is once again repeating itself, with Messrs Hammond and Hazlewood set to gain from the Radiohead legal action.

Interestingly, del Rey’s song isn’t the only release in recent years to bear a remarkable resemblance to the Radiohead anthem. The question is, will the ‘Spectre’ of Creep raise its ominous head over the legal parapet once again in the not too future? Who knows? Word is, watch this space!

Listen to all three iterations of the now infamous chord progression and melody here …




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