Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests on the airwaves with her nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On. Kelly-Anne plays the NYE Ball at The Sugar Club.

See all the guest selections of 2017 so far.


Sampha – No One Knows Me Like The Piano

Back when this was released in January, I said on my radio show that it was probably going to be my favourite song of the year; my mind hasn’t changed on that. Every time I hear this, I well up, it’s just so beautiful: the melody, the lyrics, and the emotion in Sampha’s voice. I was really happy to see him win the Mercury prize for Process.


Kamasi Washington – Truth

This song by jazz musician Kamasi Washington is pure magic: I feel like this is the record I would want to hear on my way to heaven, it’s so calm and peaceful. The first time I played it on my show, I got emails and messages for about two weeks after asking who it was by. I was lucky enough to see him in The National Concert Hall, the gig was amazing. There were so many talented musicians on that stage just loving life and what they do; I left with the biggest smile on my face.


The Black Madonna – He Is The Voice I Hear

This record blew my mind on first listen: the piano intro, not quite knowing where it’s going, then the way it builds after, it’s such a well-produced track. It reminded me of tracks such as The Celestial Choir’s ‘Stand On The Word’ and Candido’s ‘Thousand Finger Man’, those timeless disco records played by Larry Levan back in the days of Paradise Garage. I love The Black Madonna and everything she stands for.


New Jackson – From Night To Night

This tune by David Kitt’s New Jackson is probably the most played track on my radio show on both Saturday and Sunday nights, I never tire of it. There is something so uplifting about the melody and David Kitt’s voice; I also love the James Brown sample. It’s the title tune to New Jackson’s debut album, which also happens to be my favourite album of 2017, there’s no end to David Kitt’s talent.


Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk

This has been played by yours truly at probably every festival since its release. The song is a combination of Sylvester’s ‘Do Ya Wanna Funk’ and Hot Streak’s ‘Body Work’, both superb tracks when they stand alone, it’s no surprise then that together they are dynamite.


St Vincent – New York

This song fills me with emotion every time I listen to it; it’s just a simple track about losing love and being reminded of that love on every street corner of the city where it once flourished. It helps that it is written about the magical town I lived in that I miss so much.


Karizma – Work It Out

Released on the Lumberjacks in Hell label earlier this year, this is another festival favourite of mine. It’s just a killer tune combining gospel with house, full of pure joy.


R.S.A.G – Meet You There

This track makes me think of the brilliant bands signed to Factory Records such as A Certain Ratio and Quando Quango, it’s where funk meets punk with a raw edge. I get goosebumps every time I listen to this.


Saint Etienne – Dive

I’ve always been a big fan of Saint Etienne and Sarah Cracknell’s voice. This track from their latest album Home Counties is the best on the record for me, it’s pure disco and so much fun. If I’m ever in a bad mood, I stick this on and it instantly makes me happy.


Thundercat – Show You The Way feat. Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald

I think liking this song needs no explanation, the fact that it features Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald is enough in itself. Outside of that, it’s just a smooth, sexy number from a brilliant album.

See all the guest selections of 2017 so far.

Posted on December 7th, 2017



Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up in The Grand Social and a nationwide show on Saturday and Sunday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On.

The Beat Goes On Christmas Party happens this Friday night in The Sugar Club.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


Lapsley – Operator (DJ Koze Mix)

This record blew my mind the first time I heard it, it sounds exactly like something from the 70’s, something I’d expect DJ Harvey to play- Koze’s production is unreal. I think I played it about 20 times in a row when I was first sent it. Lapsley has a beautiful voice, even though it’s about rejection, it has such an upbeat tone & the lyrics are so quirky.


Faze Action feat. Zeke Manyika – Mangwana

I picked this up back in the summer & played it at a number of festivals, it’s different to the other stuff that Faze Action have done (although I like almost everything they do), more of an afro-beat feel, in many ways it reminds me of a William Onyeabor track and I love William Onyeabor.


Anderson Paak – Am I Wrong?

Malibu is one of the best albums of 2016 for me, Anderson Paak is like Q Tip meets Marvin Gaye, there are so many layers to the album & this is my favourite track on it, you can’t help but groove to it.


Feather (Fehdah) – Like No Other

This is a stunning, soulful record by Dublin-based singer Emma Garnett, aka Feather. I love this track because it takes you on a journey, ending in a completely different place to where it started. I happened to be djing at a wedding during the summer for two people who listen to my show, Feather sang their first dance song, ‘At Last’ by Etta James, she has an amazing voice & I hope to hear a lot more from her.


Whitney – No Woman

Taken from the brilliant album Light Upon The Lake, this track by Whitney really warms my heart. I remember reading an article with Damon Albarn in which he spoke about the power of the perfect pop song, mainly those written in the 60’s by The Beatles, The Kinks, The Beach Boys etc, the magic of those songs was their simplicity, sincerity & subtlety, that’s what this track is like for me.


Pantha Du Prince – The Winter Hymn

There’s something about this song that really moves me, it’s like it has a heartbeat. The album The Triad is one of my favourite albums of 2016, when I put it on I drift away. I saw Pantha Du Prince at Primavera & Electric Picnic this year, both shows were excellent.


Paddy Hanna – Underprotected

This is my favourite Irish song of 2016, the guitar just grabs you from the start and what a voice, some of the lyrics are quite melancholic but I still find it hopeful, maybe it’s the ‘sha la la’ throughout.


Solange – Don’t Touch My Hair

I don’t know if there’s a finer record this year than Solange’s A Seat At The Table, in many ways it reminds me of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill or Marvin Gaye’s What Going On in its subject matter. I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to this. I love the words and her voice is so soft but really what’s a magical about this record is how gentle it is, even though its subject matter is anger, that’s what makes it powerful.


Lauer – Antinat

Lauer is one of my favourite producers of now, I love almost everything he does. I’ve been playing this out a lot lately, always get a great reaction, it’s like Depeche Mode meets Inner City.


Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker

This track is so haunting, as ever with Leonard Cohen, I was hooked on the words when I first listened to it. What a way to leave the world, by giving us this incredible album and this song, which ironically throughout, says ‘I’m ready my Lord’.

Posted on December 14th, 2016


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I’ve spent 11 years writing about and documenting Irish music, with an emphasis on Dublin, my hometown and capital city.

The music scene has changed a lot in those times, not only from the industry side: with the revenue in flux, streaming music changing the landscape and a greater emphasis on the experience that can’t be downloaded – the live music and club scene.

An increase in bands and artists buoyed by the possibilities that digital access affords has lead to a varied music scene no longer anchored by a monotone stream of singer-songwriters. Dublin’s music scene and the acts playing it represents an embrace of sound, a widening of the net, an exploration of the possibilities.

Nialler9 in association with Absolut came together to talk to the people who work in music and the people who promote, play and make it, about how they feel the music made here. There’s a sense of energy brewing once more. Dublin’s small size makes it a perfect place to play. You get to know other musicians and promoters. Artists cross-pollinate and collaborate. No one genre exists in their own bubble as in a city this size, especially at a festival like Metropolis; the possibility two bubbles can intersect and form a more interesting place, is never far away. A sense of collaboration and size means the prism of Dublin’s music can be discovered with ease.

In this video by Allen Kiely, we talked to the likes of Loah, Bitch Falcon, Le Boom, Homebeat, Ruth Medjber, DJ Deece, Hidden Agenda, DJ Sally Cinnamon, Kelly-Anne Byrne and Bantum.

We got a sense of how a city collaborates, influences, intersects, builds community, energises, grows, makes spaces and places for magic to happen.

The leading city lights mentioned by the assembled include Cinema, Yamamori Tengu, Metropolis, Saint Sister, Girl Band, Wastefellow, Damola and Akora.

Music is by Le Boom – ‘What We Do’

Posted on December 12th, 2016


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The Sugar Club has announced a series of shows in the run up to Christmas of note.

Friday 16 December:

The Jerry Fish Christmas Electric Sideshow A full band and cabaret performance from the Dublin musician. Tickets for the event are €16+ fees.

Later that night, Today FM’s Kelly Anne Byrne presents The Beat Goes On Christmas Party, featuring Kelly Anne Byrne (Today FM), Stephen Manning (Hidden Agenda) and Ruth Kavanagh (Mother). Tickets for the show are priced €12+ fees. Doors at 11.30pm. Extra production and lighting promised.

Saturday 17 December:

The Stomptown Brass Christmas Show. Tickets for the show are priced €14 +fees.

Later that night, Le Galaxmas features Le Galaxie DJs. Extra production and lighting promised. Tickets are €15 + fee and the show is a late one.

Posted on November 16th, 2016


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Absolut has revealed the lineup for its ‘Midsummer Nights by Absolut’ at Body&Soul and it’ll feature the likes of Rory Philips, Billy Scurry, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Stevie G, Claire Beck, & our own Lumo Club, along with LA electro-circus spectacle Lucent Dossier.

Curated by Arveene, the stage will feature the best of Irish club DJs and live dance acts under an outdoor ribbon maypole stage designed by Burning Man’s Shrine.

Lined up are:

Deadbots, Rory Phillips, Billy Scurry, Timmy Stewart, This Greedy Pig DJs, DJ Deece, Fish Go Deep, Get Down Edits, Lumo DJs, Kelly-Anne Byrne, R.S.A.G Live, Mother DJs, Claire Beck, Johnny Moy, Donal Dineen, The Dirty Dubsters, Modern Magic, Baz Hickey, Aoife O’Neil, Tiny Choons, Cyril Briscoe, CiCi Cavanagh, Eddie Kay, The Painted Lady, Stevie G, Colm K, Marquis D’alton, Mix & Fairbanks, Ciara Brady, Rob Le Nan, Colin Perkins, Colin Devine, Just Damien and Soul Friends DJ Set.

Absolut drinks on offer include Absolut Peppar Bloody Mary, Absolut Raspberri Fizz and Absolut Stockholm Mule. On Saturday and Sunday, The Absolut Brunch will be serving too.

Check out DJ Deece’s Nialler9 Mix.

Absolut Body  Soul 2016 Line-Up

Posted on May 13th, 2016


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Interlude Festival took place last October in the RHA Gallery and this year it’s back and expands to three days over five gallery rooms with an outdoor block party, outdoor courtyard and three stages, food garden, cinema & record store plus a craft beer bar and a cocktail bar. Interlude happens from Friday 24 – Sunday 26 June.

Lined up for the event is:

  • Lisa Hannigan
  • Dimitri from Paris
  • The Sugarhill Gang
  • Crazy P
  • Booka Brass Band
  • Interskalactic
  • exmagician
  • CC Brez
  • Ships
  • Sample Answer
  • TooFools
  • Kelly-Anne Byrne
  • Buffalo Woman
  • Alison Limerick
  • Billy Scurry
  • Donal Dineen A/V set
  • David Kitt DJ set
  • Cian O’Ciobhain
  • Sally Cinnamon
  • The Disconauts
  • Bon Voyage

Nialler9 will be curating a stage on the Sunday which will include Cian O’Ciobhain, Bad Bones and more.

A limited number of early bird weekend tickets for the festival go on sale this Wednesday at 9am priced €49 plus booking fee from General Weekend tickets priced €69 plus booking fee will go on sale this week from and outlets nationwide.

Posted on April 12th, 2016


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Kelly-Anne Byrne is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up in The Grand Social and a nationwide show on Saturday night on Today FM called The Beat Goes On. She also has three hours a day from Monday to Thursday on TXFM from 7pm to 10pm.

Here are Kelly-Anne’s top 10 tracks of the year as part of the Best of 2015 series.

1. Shamir – On The Regular

I’ll never forget the day I first listened to Ratchet by Shamir, it was like listening to a combination of Sylvester and Prince, I just loved that fact that people were unsure if it was a man or a woman singing, Sylvester also had that magic. There are so many great tracks on the album, but On The Regular is the one I return to again and again. I played this at all my big festival gigs this year and it always goes off. Even those who don’t know it run up to the decks and ask ‘what the hell is this?’ it’s a perfect pop song, but it’s also got substance, as does the whole album.

2. The Chemical Brothers – Wide Open

This is the best track on Born In The Echoes for me, I didn’t realise it was Beck singing on it when I first listened, but I really loved the vulnerability in his voice. I think it’s about a break-up, which is why I love that fact that it’s not a slow number, the words are really beautiful. I often run to it.

3. Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Soulwax Mix)

I love the original of this tune, when Tame Impala opened with it at Electric Picnic it was one of the highlights for me, but I think as mixes go, this is pretty damn good. It’s that good that I usually play all 9 minutes of it! The Despacio area of EP was the best for me this year and I’ll never forget when they dropped this. It’s a great track to finish your dj set on, especially when the whole crowd starts singing ‘let it happen, let it happen….’

4. The Reynolds – Don’t You Worry Baby The Best Is Yet To Come

I’ve long been a fan of Greg Wilson and have had some of my best nights out dancing to his sets. He sent me his new album Super Weird Substance a couple of months back and unsurprisingly, every track is pure gold, but this one really warmed my heart. The vocal by The Reynolds is like silk, but it’s the words that really struck a chord with me. By nature I’m a positive person but if I ever feel a little down, I put this tune on and I honestly feel everything is going to be okay with the world, that’s a sign of a great record. It’s actually a cover of an old Northern Soul tune by Bessie Banks. This is what I love about Greg; you’re always going to learn something from him.

5. Tobias Jesso Jr – Without You

You’d have to be made of stone for this record to not have some kind of effect on you. I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to it. Growing up, I really loved the music of Harry Nilsson and John Lennon, for me that was songwriting at its best: honest and simple, I get the same feeling off this song. I watched Tobias Jesso Jr sing this on Jools Holland and could tell he meant every word, that’s rare these days when you watch someone perform.

6. Roisin Murphy – Unputdownable

This record is pure genius for me because it takes you on a journey, taking so many turns where you completely don’t expect it. Part of it sounds like it should be in a musical, the other like a Patsy Cline number and Roisin Murphy’s vocal echoes Astrud Gilberto, Dusty Springfield and Tammy Wynette all at once. I really admire her for the risks she takes in music; actually I don’t even think ‘risk’ is the right word because she’s just being herself, that takes a lot of balls in the music business.

7. Hot Chip – Huarache Lights

I was slightly biased from the beginning on this record because it samples one of my favourite disco tracks, ‘Let No Man Put Asunder’ by First Choice. It’s definitely one of the songs of the summer for me, a slower groove but one you can’t help getting down to, sounded great when they opened with it at Metropolis a few weeks ago too.

8. Richard Hawley – I Still Want You

I always say that if I could marry a voice, I’d marry Richard Hawley’s, I could listen to him all day. I recently saw him at Vicar St and he didn’t disappoint, he such a crooner. One thing that I love about Hawley’s music which is so a rare now is that it’s romantic and sensual, perfectly shown in this record.

9. Champs – The Balfron Tower

I remember when I was first sent Vamala by Champs, I listened to it three times in a row, it was that good. In particular, I was deeply moved by this song. I’ve always loved the piano as an instrument and it’s so haunting on this track. I just love the song’s subtlety. In many ways Champs remind me of Simon and Garfunkel. Every time I play this on the radio someone asks about it. I actually had a friend I hadn’t seen since school contact me from Australia asking me who it was by.

10. Jape – Absolutely Animals

It’s difficult to pick a favourite track On Jape’s This Chemical Sea but I really love this, it’s got a lot of depth, not just the melody but the words ‘we got all the right reasons, but we’re absolutely animals’, so unbelievably true. I’m big into lyrics in songs and these are some of the cleverest. I read that Richie was reading a lot about global warming and the environment at the time he wrote the words and I just love that he didn’t take a preachy stance on it, ‘we’re absolutely animals’, end of.

Posted on December 14th, 2015



Vinyl Love is an idea started by Stevie G who ran it at the recent Quarter Block Party.

The idea is simple: DJs playing 7 of their favourite 7 inches all day.

I thought the day looked like fun so I asked him could we do the same in Dublin, except this time for a special cause. The Marriage referendum is taking place on May 22nd this year and I wanted to do something to raise money for Marriage Equality.

Having just got married myself, I think it’s unjust, unfair and indecent that two people can’t get married because of their gender/sexual orientation and the Marriage Referendum is our opportunity equalise that right for all Irish citizens.

So, Vinyl Love is a celebration of love and vinyl taking place two months before the vote on Sunday March 22nd on the rooftop of the Odessa Club. We’ll go all day from noon til the early hours of Monday morning.

There will be over 20 DJs and music lovers lining up to play 7 of their favourite 7 inches including:

Kelly-Anne Byrne (TXFM / Today FM) / Discotekken / Paul McLoone (Today FM/The Undertones) / Hidden Agenda / All City Records / Mother Club / Sally Cinnamon / Choice Cuts / Young Hearts Run Free / Nialler9 / Stevie G / Adultrock / Gib Cassidy (Elastic Witch & Girls Names) / Sweatbox / Una Mullally / le cool Dublin / State Magazine / Ships and more.

Facebook Event

Entry is free with suggested donation on the door. All money raised will go to Marriage Equality.

If you can’t make it you can donate directly.

Poster by the awesome Ronan Kelly.

Posted on February 25th, 2015


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Kelly-Anne Byrne’ is a regular DJ at festivals throughout Ireland. She’s known for her love of disco and soul, which manifests itself in a monthly club night called Burnin’ Up (happening this Friday with Get Down Edits) and a nationwide show on Saturday night on TodayFM called The Beat Goes On. She also has three hours a day from Monday to Thursday on TXFM from 7pm to 10pm where she plays a lot of the music she chose as her favourite tracks of the year.

Her choices are available as a Youtube or Spotify playlist.

1. Caribou – ‘Can’t Do Without You’

This will forevermore remind me of the summer of 2014, I have a lot of amazing memories of playing it at festivals. I just love the way the tracks builds and you don’t really know what’s coming next, I’ve no doubt DJs will be spinning this for years to come-always a sign of a good record.

2. Sinkane – ‘Mean Love’

Mean Love is hands down my favourite album of 2014 because every time I go back to listen, I discover something else. The song ‘Mean Love’ stood out for me the first time I heard it because it sounded like a track The Temptations or Sam Cooke might have sung and I love Motown, those types of records are magic and have stood the test of time.

3. Roisin Murphy – ‘Ancora Tu’

Is there anything Roisin Murphy can’t do? This year she brought out an EP which covers Italian pop songs and the result is just beautiful. I could listen to this over and over because of the emotion in her voice and I don’t even know what she’s saying! People often ask me if it’s Grace Jones when they hear it for the first time on the radio.

4. The War On Drugs – ‘Under The Pressure’

This song is simply beautiful. I had an image of driving through the States in an old Cadillac the first time I heard it, that’s always been a dream of mine, that might sound weird, but great songs do that, they take you to another place.

5. Perfume Genius – ‘Fool’

I love the drama in this record, part of it sounds like a disco track with the finger-clicking and part of it sounds like a hymn, yet the whole thing makes sense. I think Perfume Genius has something very special; a lot of the album reminds me of Marc Bolan because it’s flamboyant but also very sincere.

6. Jungle – ‘Busy Earnin’

I remember being blown away the first time I heard this tune; I thought ‘who the hell are these guys?’ This track takes me back to the ’90s because it immediately makes me want to make up a dance routine! They were one of the best live acts for me at EP this year because they sound as good live as they do on the record, which is very rare.

7. Hot Chip covers William Onyeabor – ‘Atomic Bomb’

I’ve really got into the music of William Onyeabor over the last few months and this cover by Hot Chip of his track ‘Atomic Bomb’ is brilliant. Somebody needs to bring the Atomic Bomb Band to Dublin, imagine David Byrne, Alexis Taylor, Pat Mahoney, Money Mark & Sinkane on the one stage??

8. Jape – ‘The Heart’s Desire’

This is another one of those tunes where you don’t really know what’s coming next; it starts out slow and then builds up into a dance record with the piano by the time you get to the chorus. I can’t wait to hear the entire album. I remember seeing Richie years ago with an acoustic guitar in Whelan’s and thinking he had something very special, look at the music
journey he’s been on since? Amazing.

9. The 2 Bears – ‘Not This Time’

This is the best track on their album The Night Is Young for me (Nialler actually introduced me to it), it’s just such a good dance tune and the words are great. I love DJing this out, people always respond so well to it.

10. Adrian Crowley – ‘Some Blue Morning’

I get a lump in my throat every time I listen to this song; it’s so powerful and reminds me a lot of Scott Walker. There’s not a lot more I can say about it because it doesn’t need an explanation, the first time I heard it I was speechless.

Listen on Spotify

Posted on December 17th, 2014



The lineup for Casa Bacardi at Electric Picnic has been announced today.

Nancy Whang (Sunday), Dmitri From Paris (Friday), Pleasurekraft, The 2 Bears (Sunday), Jonas Rathman, Ejeca (Saturday), Greg Wilson, Billy Scurry, Discotekken, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Mother DJs, Billy Scurry and Ghostboy are among the DJs lined up to play.

Bacardi is also looking to give someone an opportunity to showcase their talent at Casa Bacardi this year via their #trystop me campaign, which aims to give a platform to creative talent that share Bacardi’s untameable spirit. Their are four distinct categories: DJ/Musician, Photography, Design and a wildcard ‘Wild Bat’ category which can be any piece of work that people might enjoy at the festival.

Entries to all categories can be submitted through video, sound file or photo format to the #TryStopMe site. I’m one of the judges of the comp:

More on Electric Picnic

Posted on July 7th, 2014


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The stage times for the Bacardi bar at Indiependence have been revealed today. The likes of Jacques Renault, A-Skillz and Horse Meat Disco lineup alongside some of Ireland’s best DJs: Nightflight’s Lil Dave and Sol O’Carroll, Mother DJs, Burnin’ Up/TXFM/Today FM’s Kelly Anne Byrne, Stevie G and Big Dish Go.


01:30-03:00 Lil Dave
23:30-01:30 Jacques Renault
21:30-23:30 Mother Djs
20:00-21:30 Eddie Kay
18:30-20:00 Dave Cronin


01:30-03:00 Stevie G
23:30-01:30 Horse Meat Disco
21:30-23:30 Deep Sh*T
20:00-21:30 Kelly Anne Byrne
18:30-20:00 Dave Mcgoff
17:00-18:30 Sol O’carroll
15:30-17:00 Groovement Soul


01:30-03:00 Kc
23:30-01:30 A-Skillz
21:30-23:30 Hidden Agenda Djs
20:00-21:30 Big Dish Go
18:30-20:00 Christian Homan
17:00-18:30 Mark Taaffe

Posted on June 11th, 2014


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