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AikJ Shares New Video ‘Heights’

AikJ is one of the fastest rising stars in Irish music. From the success of his previous single ‘Hidden Agenda’, the singer-songwriter brings a soulful allure to his new single ‘Heights’ which is released on Friday the 3rd of November.

‘Heights’ tells a story on a critical situation in a relationship where love becomes the equation and solution. Where there’s a confliction in the making the past present, but wanting the present to be a preceding future. ‘Heights’ is a conflict of both worlds in time and both participants finding it hard to fall in the same line of perspective.

Heights official music video will be released on the 3rd of November. But is already available on Spotify Apple Music and ALL other digital platforms.


Stephanie Rainey Announces New Single ‘Sorry’

Stephanie Rainey has announced the highly anticipated release of her brand new single ‘Sorry’ on 24 November 2017.

‘Sorry’ is the follow up to singles ‘100 Like Me’ and ‘Nothing of You Left to Love’ which saw Stephanie Rainey achieve almost 1 million spotify streams and considerable radio airplay in Ireland on their release.

With ‘Sorry’, Stephanie Rainey returns with the heartfelt sound that propelled her into the spotlight with her self release ‘Please Don’t Go’ which has now accumulated some 10 million streams across platforms.

Stephanie Rainey’s headline tour of Ireland sees her play Dolans, Limerick on 16th November , Cyprus Avenue (Cork) on 26th November, Whelans (Dublin) on 29th November and The Slaughtered Lamb (London) as special guest with Beoga on 30th November.

Speaking about the track, Stephanie Rainey said:

When I wrote Sorry it reminded me of ‘Lean On Me’ by Bill withers. It has the same message and a little bit of the same vibe.

We were lucky enough to record this with some of the incredible singers from the London Gospel Choir. It was an absolute honour and definitely a stand-out moment for me from the past few years. Sometimes when you’re recording something, there’s just a vibe in the room, a real energy that everyone is part of and this was one of those tracks. It’s got heart and I’m really proud of it. 

I’ve been excited about people hearing this song. There’s no nervous energy attached to it because it just feels very honest and raw. It’s taking me back to how this all began with Please Don’t Go and that feels good. We’ve had an amazing year with the last 2 singles connecting and I hope people get the feeling from this track that was intended, 

My favourite line from the song is…

‘I’ve known you since our freckles faded, 

So I know what you’re going through’

I always say to people, when you hear this song, think of someone. It could be your best friend, your partner, your Mum, Dad, Brother, Sister, whoever. Keep them in mind. Or else think of yourself, and hear it as a sort of letter to yourself. It makes it feel very different”.

‘Sorry’ will be available for download across all digital platforms from 24 November 2017.

 Upcoming Live Dates:
Thursday 16 November – Dolans, Limerick
Sunday 26 November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork (Matinee all ages)
Sunday 26 November – Cyprus Avenue, Cork
Wednesday 29 November – Whelans, Dublin
Thursday 30 November – The Slaughtered Lamb (London) special guest with Beoga
Thursday 14 December – Mike The Pies, Kerry


Columbia Mills Release Debut Album on 10th November

Following on from a trio of critically acclaimed singles this year, ‘Head Start’, ‘This City Doesn’t Feel Like Home To Me’, and the radio hit ‘Battles’, Bray indietronica quintet Columbia Mills finally announce details of their debut album, ‘A Safe Distance To Watch’, which will be released on Friday November 10th.

‘A Safe Distance To Watch’ was recorded in Westland Studios in Dublin between December 2015 and February 2016 and produced and mixed by Rob Kirwan. (U2, Hozier,Depeche Mode)
The overarching theme of the album is putting space between yourself and someone else or certain situations to avoid being influenced negatively or to avoid influencing someone else with your own negativity. Finding or providing peace by putting a distance between yourself and someone else despite the short term or long term pain it creates.

Each song is a true story and touches on various aspects of our lives. The album’s theme takes up where the first two EPs left off and continues the story of Columbia Mills.

The band, who garnered rave reviews for their sets at both Indiependence and Electric Picnic this year, have also announced a launch show for the album, at Dublin’s Button Factory on Friday November 17th.


Dreaming of Jupiter Announce Tour Dates

Dreaming Of Jupiter are a 3 piece band from Dublin City formed by Zoë Gough, David Levins and Sam Oye. The band’s sound, which crosses genres, has been described as an elegant blend of melodic pop with electronica, new soul and trip hop. Following the release of their second single ‘Eyes of Stone’ and accompanying music video in April 2017, the band have had a busy summer playing at numerous festivals around the country including Castlepalooza, Sea Sessions, Sunflowerfest, and a full live headline show in September in Dublin’s Bagots Hutton.

Dreaming of Jupiter are now set to go on their first national tour around Ireland, playing venues including Cleere’s Theatre in Kilkenny, The Bello Bar in Dublin, JJ Harlows in Roscommon, and McCarthy’s in Dingle, with more to be announced. The tour will close with a live performance from the band in the renowned Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin city. This concert will be recorded live, and videoed on the night. There will be a limited number of free tickets to the event available via application on the band’s website:

Nialler 9 – ‘Nialler9’s New Artist of the Week’ in ‘The Irish Times’, March 2017.

Hot Press – ‘Since bursting onto the scene last year, Dublin ambi-electro 3 piece Dreaming of Jupiter, have exploded in a way most bands can only dream of in such a short space of time – and it is very clear to see why.’

24.11.17 Mc CARTHY’S, DINGLE

Luka Bloom Releases Brand New Album ‘Refuge’

A master interpreter, Bloom has continued to balance original songs with reinventions of tunes by a diverse range of songwriters. Like many who write songs, Luka‘s orchestra of choice is the guitar. What makes his career a little different is his constant search for a new voice within the guitar. The guitar is the landscape on which the song is created, and he is forever probing that landscape for new inspiration. No effects, no gadgets. Time, effort and a whole lot of love bring forth new voicings within the instrument, and bit by bit, the songs come to life.

His new album ‘Refuge’ has just been released.

In his own words:

“Sometimes records are planned for months or even years. Sometimes records sneak up on you. Autumn\Winter 2016 the world seemed to become a loud, brutal place. People hurting from war, homelessness, climate change… People respond in different ways. I sought refuge in songs. I wrote some, I learned some and I visited some old ones. 

After a few months of quiet work, I felt the need to put these songs out into the world. At first I heard choirs and strings and trumpets. In the end I decided to keep it raw, and simple. 

And here it is – REFUGE. 11 songs, recorded in the amazing studio that is Lettercollum Recording Studio, with John Fitzgerald and mastered by my old friend Brian Masterson. The cover painting is called ‘At One’ – by Tim Goulding, a great Irish artist from Beara Peninsula in West Cork.” 

“Luka’s latest release ‘Refuge’ is indeed that…a refuge from the noise, the anger, the confusion and the fear that surrounds us so often in this turbulent 21st century. We are treated to a rare privilege – privy to the private conversations between a voice and a guitar. An intimate performance of some new tunes and some not-so-new. .. a sublime conversation between Luka’s honey coated voice and the distinctive and beautifully recorded Lowden guitar. This IS a refuge….and a special place that I hope to visit often” Carl Corcoran Former Presenter/Curator The Blue of the Night on RTE Lyric FM


Sun Nov 19th, The Róisín Dubh, Dominic St Galway (091) 586 540
Sat Dec 2nd, The Punchbowl, Booterstown Co Dublin (01) 283 2356
Mon Dec 4th, Ballymore Acoustic Gig, Ballymore Eustace Co Kildare


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