Swords release live EP

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On September Artwork27th Swords played to a live audience at Smalltown America Records studio in Derry.

The set was mainly new material that the band had been quietly working on lately.

The EP; Swords – Live at Smalltown America contains live versions of 4 new songs and also the track ‘Wicklow’ from their album Lions & Gold.

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Available Until: Tues 4th Nov 2014.

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Upcoming Irish tour for Luan Parle

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Meteor Award luan parleWinner Luan Parle has kicked off her Irish Tour playing dates around the country.

She has just put the finishing touches to her much awaited new EP release which has been produced by Gavin Glass, mixed by Ingmar Kiang with a single release due for early next year.

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Oct 18th – Upstairs at Whelan’s  Dublin

Nov 14th – Cleeres Kilkenny

Nov 21st – Hugh Lynches Tullamore

Nov 22nd – Sirius Arts Centre Cobh

Nov 28th – Upstairs at Roisin Dubh Galway

Nov 29th – McCarthys Dingle

Dec 06th – The Castle Inn Newcastle

Jan 23rd – Wexford Arts Centre

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Jason Makes It 10,000

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The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), the organisation which represents songwriters, composers and music publishers reached a significant milestone this week with the help of Jason Boland, bass player/songwriter with leading Irish band Kodaline.Kodaline's Jason Boland reveives his certificate from Keith Johnson of IMRO making him the 10,000th member of the Irish Music Rights Organisation.

Jason has just been announced as the 10,000th member of the organisation which collects royalties for songwriters and music publishers for the public performance of their songs.

Kodaline were in studio recently recording tracks for their new album which follows on from their critically acclaimed hit album ‘In a Perfect World’.

As they head out later this month on a series of live dates across the USA playing to their ever growing American fanbase, 2015 is certainly shaping up to be a big year for the band.

Pictured: Kodaline, Jason Boland (Kodaline) & Keith Johnson (Director of Marketing & Membership IMRO)

Photography: Ruth Medjber / Ruthless Imagery Photography




Pearse Halpin Releases Follow-up Single ‘Your Story’

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pearse halpinIrish Pop-Rocker Pearse Halpin has just released his latest self-penned single, ‘Your Story’, taken from his recently released album ‘The Trick To Living’.

Pearse, who is originally from Dublin, initially began to make his name in the music world after relocating to Kells, Co.Meath. He released his debut independent album, ‘Found It’ in March 2012, and since then has amassed a growing local following with his charismatic live performances with his band.


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: