Photo by Carlos Daly for The Thin Air at Le Galaxie’s Prom Night.
Nialler9 – pronounced like the river in Egypt :’Nile-er’
Nialler9 (all one word, no spaces) is the most-read Irish music blog with around 55,000 unique visitors per month and has been running since November 2005.
Niall Byrne Bio
Niall Byrne is the writer at the helm of the most-read Irish music site Nialler9, where he writes about new music. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. He currently contributes music articles to the Irish Times weekly. He can also frequently be found DJing around Dublin city including Lumo, a monthly club night or hosting Nialler9-curated music events. Recently, Niall has been involved in music supervision and sync licensing with Avant Music Port curating music for digital media, ads, TV, films and in-flight entertainment with an emphasis on emerging Irish music.
DJ and Event Curator
Niall is available for DJ Bookings for club nights, corporate events, launches and parties. His DJ sets feature melodic electronic music with a penchant for current anthems and a curveball classic.
Niall has curated gigs internationally at SXSW in Austin, Texas & Camden Crawl, London as well as locally for Hard Working Class Heroes, Dublin Theatre Festival, Happenings, Sounds From A Safe Harbour in Cork, Camden Crawl’s Dublin edition and collaborations with Le Cool, U:Mack, Feel Good Lost, Forbidden Fruit and Bodytonic as well as Minimum Maximum (once-off gigs in interesting spaces including Block-T, Monster Truck Gallery and Granby Park) and Vinyl Love, a special event club night/ festival experience along with Cork’s Stevie G featuring DJs playing 7 of their favourite 7” records.
Music supervision / licensing
Niall is available to suggest music for use in projects including digital media, ads, TV, films, in-flight entertainment etc with an emphasis on emerging Irish music. He is a music supervisor with Avant Music Port, who specialise in Irish music for productions. Full info on this page.
Awards & Recognition
- Best Music Site at the Irish Web Awards (2014, 2013 and 2009)
- Five consecutive awards in the Irish Blog Awards for Best Music Blog (2007-2011)
- Voted the 5th Best Music Blog In The World in a poll of music blogging peers.
- Featured in the top 40 of Style Of Sound’s Most Influential Music Blogs
- Niall was on the judging panel for the Choice Music Prize in 2008 and 2014 – the annual Irish album of the year prize.
The 50 Most Influential People on Twitter in Ireland – Lovin Dublin (2014)
Male Bloggers Worth Knowing – Image (2014)
Featured in the top 40 of Style Of Sound’s Most Influential Music Blogs
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)
“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