Siights is a new duo formed by Toni Etherson and Mia Fitz, the former a chart songwriter from Scotland and the latter, a musician from Dublin who has played live with Hozier for the last two years.

The pair decamped to LA recently to work on music together for other artists but and what they concocted is a pop-spun mix of electronic, funk and disco music for themselves with Fitz playing all the instruments on their debut single ‘Dance’.

Check out the video made in LA, centred around self-expression.

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Posted on November 18th, 2016

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Yep, such is the leap in path of global popularity that Andrew Hozier-Byrne has been on in the last few years, that the first new song that arrives after his debut album is for a major Hollywood film The Legend Of Tarzan starring Alexander Skarsgård.

As you might expect for such a blockbuster, the song is a sweeping epic produced by Hozier’s production partner Rob Kirwan with big orchestral moments (recorded in Abbey Road), a grandiose guitar line throughout and Hozier ably holding his own amid the grand swell of it all.

“I was excited about the opportunity and the challenge of writing for this film project. After viewing an early edit, I was struck by the theme of endurance, and endurance of love through such a hostile environment. I wanted the song to be an intimate reassurance as spoken from one lover to another—one that might be issued in hardship or doubt’’

The Legend of Tarzan opens in Irish cinemas on July 6th. The soundtrack and the single is out now on iTunes and streaming services.

Posted on June 21st, 2016

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Hozier’s latest video for ‘Cherry Wine’ stars Saoirse Ronan and addresses domestic violence. The most powerful shot in the video is at the end with Saoirse Ronan’s unblinking yet bruised face.

Artist, label and publishing proceeds from the iTunes single download go towards Safe Ireland and the hashtag #FaceUpToDomesticViolence is trailed in the video.

Posted on February 15th, 2016

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The 2FM Xmas Ball takes place in the 3Arena on Wednesday December 23rd and Hozier will headline the show which will also feature sets from Little Green Cars, Gavin James, The Riptide Movement, Ryan Sheridan and Hudson Taylor. It’s all in aid of The ISPCC – the national child protection and welfare charity in Ireland.

It will be hosted by 2fm presenters including Nicky Byrne & Jenny Greene, Eoghan McDermott, Bernard O’Shea, Jen Maguire and Keith Walsh, Tracy Clifford and more.

Tickets are €45+ on sale this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster in shops and online but you can win tickets right here by entering below:

Tickets to the 2fm XMAS BALL IN AID OF ISPCC

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Posted on October 22nd, 2015

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Despite it being nearly two years old now, the Feel Good Lost-directed video for Hozier’s worldwide breakthrough song ‘Take Me To Church’ has just been nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards.

The video has shortlisted for Best Direction alongside videos for Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson and Taylor Swift; and Best Rock Video alongside Arctic Monkeys and Florence + The Machine.

The MTV Video Music Awards are hosted by Miley Cyrus and take place on Sunday, August 30.

That video again:

Posted on July 21st, 2015

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Some new gigs from Longitude artists this week:


Punk-poptimists Slaves play The Academy on November 5th. Tickets €20+ fees on sale Friday at 9am.


The same night, Years and Years have added a second date to their Olympia show on Friday November 6th. The Thursday show is on sale now.


Leon Bridges’ show at Whelan’s on September 25th has now moved to the Olympia due to demand. Tickets priced from €21+fees on sale now on Ticketmaster.


After his Longitude main stage appearance, Jose Gonzalez is down to play The Academy on 12th December. Tickets €26+fee on sale Friday from TM.


Hozier has been added to Belsonic festival in Belfast on Monday August 24th at Custom House Square. Support comes from Little Green Cars & Wyvern Lingo.


Also this week, Wild Beasts and a Nialler9-curated music trail for Cork festival Sounds From A Safe Harbour in September!


In case you missed it, Four Tet will play an aftershow for the Beatyard Festival in District 8 alongside Rift. Tickets are €30+fees.


METZ play Whelan’s on Friday November 6th. Tickets on sale Friday at €17.50+fees.


Rising talent Jarryd James plays Whelan’s Upstairs on Monday September 14th. Tickets €13 + fees on sale now.

Posted on July 21st, 2015

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Other Voices will return to TV screens for its thirteenth season on RTÉ2 from Sunday April 12th at 10.50pm.

The thirteenth series as ever was filmed in Dingle and this year was co-presented by Aidan Gillen and Huw Stephens. You can read all about the filming and the performances from December in my dispatches.

Look out for favourites Young Fathers, All We Are, Jessie Ware, Rusangano Family and Ibeyi in there.

Schedule

Episode 1 – April 12th
Damien Rice
All We Are
Eaves
Cloud Castle Lake
From the archives Anna Calvi

Episode 2 – April 19th
Jessie Ware
Delorentos
Jape
Rusangano Family
From the archives John Grant & Conor O’ Brien

Episode 3 – April 26th
Ibeyi
Walking On Cars
Join Me in the Pines
Booka Brass Band
From the archives James Vincent McMorrow

Episode 4 – May 3rd
The Lost Brothers
King Creosote
Kormac’s Big Band
Somerville
From the archives The National

Episode 5 – May 10th
Wild Beasts
Melanie De Biasio
Wyvern Lingo
Staring at Lakes
From the archives East India Youth

Episode 6 – May 17th
Young Fathers
Buke & Gase
August Wells
Ye Vagabonds
From the archive: The XX

Posted on April 7th, 2015

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For the most up to date Irish music playlist, head to the new Irish music weekly.

Last year, you all helped me out with creating a modern Irish playlist for St. Patrick’s Day.

Like, our Paddy’s Day Unlocked event tomorrow in Meeting House Square, the playlist represents the truly current, the young musicians, the modern Irish musicians who are changing the perceptions of our country’s music at home and abroad.

Whether it’s Hozier, All Tvvins, James Vincent McMorrow, Lakker, Girl Band, SOAK or New Jackson, Irish music is about more than the diddly eye and Bono headlines exported around the world.

So, stick this playlist on, press shuffle and let it play. There’s over 100 songs and 7 hours of music here:

Spotify playlist

If you’re looking for something more mainstream, Spotify have created a playlist of the most popular Irish artists on the service.

Posted on March 16th, 2015

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