Lethal Dialect announces 1988 album launch show in Dublin

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lethal dialectLethal Dialect released 1988 last weekend to great acclaim. Produced by JackKnife-J and with guest vocals from Damien Dempsey, Jess Kav and 4Real, the album marks the rapper’s emergence to the forefront of Irish hip-hop. The album is currently available on iTunes.

This will be Lethal Dialect’s only headline show for the remainder of 2014.


Blink announce details of their ‘Catch The Moment’ best of compilation

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blinkSeminal Irish band Blink have today announced details of their new best of “Catch That Moment” a compilation of the bands’ own favourite Blink songs – which is out on October 24th on the Garage Records Label.

Featuring 19 tracks from across their career, the album contains 3 previously unheard songs (“Never Too Late To Start Again”, “Billy” and fan’s live favourite “Can”) The album also features songs from 1994’s “A Map Of The Universe By Blink”  – “The finest Irish pop record ever” – Hotpress Magazine,  “The End Is High” Billboard’s album of the month, 2004’s meteor award nominated record “Deep Inside The Sound Of Sadness” including some versions recorded for the US market.


Irish Band Red Empire Honoured In Prestigious US-Based Unsigned Only Music Competition

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The Unsigned Only Music Competition has just announced its 2014 winners, selected from almost 8,000 worldwide entries. Judged by a roster of high-profile artists and influential journalists, Unsigned Only is a unique music competition for solo artists and bands who are unsigned to a major label.unsigned only

This year’s judges include: John Oates (Hall & Oates); 3 Doors Down; Neon Trees; David Crowder; Rosanne Cash; Craig Morgan; Delbert McClinton; Darryl McDaniels (Run DMC); Of Monsters and Men; Black Francis (Pixies); Aaron Shust; G. Love; Jason Gray; Dustin Lynch; The Mountain Goats; Alt-J; Mike Posner; Rapsody; Anthony DeCurtis (Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone); Chris Richards (Pop Music Critic, The Washington Post); Josh Jackson (Co-Founder and Editor-In-Chief, Paste Magazine); Lucy Jones (Deputy Editor, NME); and Michael Hann (Music Editor, The Guardian)

Produced by the same team that organizes the renowned International Songwriting Competition (ISC), Unsigned Only this year has awarded UK artists with two First Place and one Second Place wins. Additional artists have garnered numerous Honorable Mention wins.

Co-Founders Candace Avery and Jim Morgan said, “We continue to be impressed by the UK entrants, and these winners embody the best of the up-and-coming talent that is coming out of the UK and Ireland.”

Winning First Place in the Adult Contemporary (AC) category with the song “Muscles And Bones” is The Luck, the brother and sister indie duo of Max and Esmay Luck. Having both grown up singing in choirs, they have developed their blend of bewitching, soaring harmonies over percussive guitar, stomp and electric bass lines. Hailing from London, the duo are working on their next release following the success of their single “Muscles and Bones” in 2013. This song gained sync on UK TV show ‘Hollyoaks’ and radio play in the UK and Switzerland. It also won the International Songwriting Competition in the Adult Contemporary category. The duo are now based in California where they are writing, recording and performing.

Garnering First Place in the Rock category is the explosive award-winning indie rock band King No-One for the song “Millennium.” Hailing from York, England, their music combines simplicity and expression, originality and intricacy. They play dynamically diverse music, from smooth overlaying melodies to raw, expressive rock. The winning song “Millennium” has received BBCRadio6 airplay as well as international airplay in Europe, USA, and Africa and was also played on national television on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch.

Taking home Second Place honors in the Adult Album Alternative (AAA) category is Sam Eliot for his song “Believe.” A remarkable singer/songwriter based in London, England, Eliot has been writing and playing music since very young but got seriously into it after hearing Bob Dylan on the radio, and he hasn’t looked back since. Other than Dylan, his musical influences are Bon iver, John Lennon, Mumford and Sons, Adele, and many more.

The overall Grand Prize winner is awarded to the US band Goodbye June for their song “Daisy.” Comprised of three cousins, indie-rockers Goodbye June released their highly anticipated debut album Nor The Wild Music Flow in 2012 and have not stopped since. With a European tour under their belt and a second album on the way, this band is poised for greater success. Their winning song “Daisy” is a surefire hit and will be released on their upcoming album.

In addition to winning $10,000 in cash and much more in merchandise, the Grand Prize winner receives the opportunity to be mentored by and directly network with the top echelon of record company professionals. Mentors include presidents and top-level executives from Universal Republic, Sire, Elektra, Warner Bros., Atlantic, Sub Pop, Big Machine, Word Label Group, Capitol, Roc Nation, American, and Virgin.

In addition to these First and Second Place winners, the list of UK and Irish Honorable Mentions is as follows:



Covey (London, England) – “Comes And Goes”



Ray (London, England) – “Rock-A-Bye



Sam Eliot (London, England) – “Believe”

Red Empire (Dublin, Ireland) – “Small Mercies”



HANS (Cardiff, Wales) – “L.O.V.E.


Play At The Freezer Sessions … and win a trip to Germany

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Call to find Ireland’s best Live Band! Become the 100th Band to play renowned live sessions – and to win a trip to Germany…


Over the last few years, the Jagermeister Freezer Sessions have packed venues across the country. Now, Hot Press is now scouring the nation to find the best live band in Ireland.  The band will go on to become the 100th act to play on this platform at a very special session in Dublin (hotel accomodation provided). This isn’t about your recorded output – it’s about how your band sounds live!

YOUR BAND IS FLOWN TO GERMANY The band will then be flown to Germany, where they’ll perform a very special set to camera, deep in the forests of the ‘Pfalzerwald’.

To enter, just go to

Closing date: Wednesday, 24th September

For more information, contact Elena at Hot Press:



Femmepop releases debut album ‘From A Girl Who Never Sleeps’

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Today Femmepop Femmepopreleases her debut album ‘From A Girl Who Never Sleeps’. The album was written, recorded, produced and mixed by Margaret O’ Sullivan but was mixed and mastered by the legendary Gavin Monaghan, whose previous work includes Babes In Toyland, The Editors, Broadcast and many more.

You can purchase the album from Bandcamp and follow Femmepop on Facebook and Twitter.


Sub Motion release debut single and music video ‘Dust to Dust’

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Fronted by vocalist Rebecca Geary along with founding members Conor McLoughlin, Alex Mulkerrins, Sean O’Connor and Cormac O’Neill, Sub Motion have existed since 2006 but have spent their time honing their writing and live shows. Having released their debut EP ‘Silhuoettes of Souls’ in April 2013 the band have since gone on to release their second EP “Happy Little Bruises” recorded in Sun Studio, Temple Lane with master engineer and producer James Darkin (Rihanna, Wounds, Kanye West).

They have also released a video for their single from the EP which can be viewed below.

You can follow Sub Motion on Facebook and Twitter.


Rhob Cunningham celebrates album launch with live performance

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Heralding the releaserhob of his solo album ‘The Window & Day’, Rhob Cunningham returns to perform at The Button Factory in Dublin for a special Autumnal show.

Recorded in Iceland under the watchful eye of Bedroom Community producer Valgeir Sigurðsson (Bjork/Bonnie Prince Billy/Feist) & Greenhouse Studio’s Paul Evans, Cunningham travelled to Reykjavik with the songs chosen, spending a month recruiting sympathetic and skillful local musicians to share the Reykjavík studio setting.

Debut single ‘Quiet Song’ is the first introduction to the sparse soundscape that is ‘The Window & Day’, quite in contrast to his July release ‘The Head Collector’, produced by Villager’s Conor O’Brien and featuring Cathy Davey on guest vocals.

The gig is Cunningham’s first in Ireland since taking on 20 shows in Berlin since May and promises to be a memorable night.

You can find tickets to the event here and pre-order the new album here.

You can also follow Rhob on Facebook and Twitter.


The Young Folk release new album, video and announce tour of Ireland

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The Young Folktyf have recently released their debut album ‘The Little Battle’. Having formed in 2012 the band have spent the last two years writing, performing at music festivals, having their music used for advertising, showcasing at international industry conferences and performing on TV slots.

The band have also shot a video for their single ‘Way Down South’ which can be viewed below.

The Young Folk have just begun a live tour that will see them perform all over Ireland for the next month and a half. All tour dates can be found below.

You can follow The Young Folk on Facebook and Twitter.

September 19th – Louth – Spirit Store, Dundalk

September 26th – Westmeath – Danny Byrne’s, Mullingar

September 27th – Dublin – Skerries Soundwaves Festival

September 28th – Cork – DeBarra’s Folk Club, Clonakilty

September 30th – Cork – Cypress Avenue

October 3rd – Galway – Roisin Dubh

October 4th – Limerick – Dolan’s Pub

October 11th – Sligo – McGarrigles Pub

October 16th – Antrim – Radar, Belfast

October 17th – Fermanagh – Ardhowen Theatre

October 18th – Kilkenny – Set Theatre

October 24th – Dublin – Button Factory

October 25th – Mayo – The Royal Theatre, Castlebar


IMRO Launches New Awards Scheme For Irish Businesses

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Roz Purcell and Paddy McKenna bring music to the workplace, IMRO launches the "Tune-Up Your Business Award"

Photography by Ruth Medjber / Ruthless Imagery

Tune-Up Your Business Award is a new award designed to encourage Irish businesses to tap into the commercial benefits of providing music for their customers and employees.

Have you ever thought about offering music for your customers or staff members but were unsure of where to start?  Or perhaps you are looking to upgrade the music equipment that you are currently using? The IMRO Tune-Up Your Business Award could be for you.

The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the organisation that represents over 10,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers is giving Irish businesses the opportunity to improve the music facilities in their premises.

There is a prize fund of €4,000 up for grabs, to spend exclusively on music equipment in your premises.

The Awards programme is open to those currently using music and also for businesses planning to introduce music into their premises in the near future.

“No matter what industry you´re in, everyone agrees that putting your customer at the heart of your business and providing good customer service is a top priority. Whether you operate a hotel, restaurant, bar, hairdressing salon or supermarket, part of this service is about providing customers with music to enhance their experience” – stated Victor Finn, Chief Executive, IMRO at the launch of the Awards today.

Businesses can enter simply by telling us how they would enhance and develop the music in their business if they won the prize fund by completing an online application form at:

The closing date for entries is 7th November 2014.

There is a growing level of research to demonstrate the positive impact that music plays in commercial settings. A recent survey[1] found that 66% of employees surveyed believed that background music made them feel better and more motivated at work.  With improved motivation often comes greater productivity.  A similar study[2] found that 84% of shoppers like shops that play in-store music and of that percentage 23% claim they would be prepared to pay 5% more for goods if music was being played.