Nialler9 - pronounced like the river in Egypt :’Nile-er’
Nialler9 (all one word) is the most-read Irish music blog with around 35,000 unique visitors per month and has been running since 2005. The site has been a recipient of five consecutive awards in the Irish Blog Awards for Best Music Blog (2007-2011) as well as Best Music Site at the Irish Web Awards in 2009. Most recently, Nialler9 was voted the 5th Best Music Blog In The World in a poll of music blogging peers.
Niall also curated gigs internationally at SXSW 2011 in Austin, Texas & Camden Crawl, London in 2011 as well as locally for Hard Working Class Heroes, Camden Crawl’s Dublin edition and Minimum Maximum – a series of gigs for the Monster Truck Gallery.
The sole regular contributor is Aoife Mc (voice of the Podcast) who also blogs about food at I Can Has Cook?.
The Nialler9 logo is by Stephen Maurice Graham.
About Niall Byrne
Photo by Matthew Thompson.
Niall Byrne is the blogger at the helm of the most-read Irish music blog Nialler9 and a writer based in Dublin, Ireland. He was on the judging panel for the 2008 Choice Music Prize – the annual Irish album of the year, is a digital columnist for The Irish Independent’s Day and Night magazine, and a freelance web designer.
Chosen as one of Ireland’s Key Cultural Influencers – The Sunday Times (March 2011)
One of the 20 Most Powerful People On The Music Scene – The Dubliner (February 2011)
Nice things people have said
“If you absolutely must visit a music blog, Nialler9.com is an outstanding local contender” - Ed Power, Irish Independent
“We thought it was the best Irish music blog on the interweb, and now the Irish Blog Awards have endorsed that view” – Jim Carroll – The Irish Times
NIALLER’S influence on the blogosphere has all but spelt the end of traditional Irish music media. His blog is now more popular than the Hot Press website and his ability to tip the next big thing, along with providing an eclectic range of music and news from international artistes and an insightful take on the local indie scene, make him a bit of a muso hero. – Sunday Tribune – Ones to watch 08
Regarding our podcasts – The highlight of every month… Stephanie Says Things, 25th Sept 08.
For shits and giggles:
“Enjoys Bono-like levels of fame and worship”…. Kevin Courtney – Irish Times
“Famed Blogger” – Hot Press
“He’s an indie wannabe hipster who needs a good cry wank and a box set of real musikk.”
- Irish Hip-Hop forum