Women’s Work, an initiative of the Oh Yeah Centre, Belfast now in its third year have announced their programme for this years festival taking place in Belfast from June 5th – 10th.

The festival which aims to highlights the important contribution that women make to music will take place across six days and will include showcases, gigs, panels, talks and exhibitions.

Performers at this year’s showcase include:

  • Bad Bones
  • Hiva Oa
  • Pillow Queens
  • Strange New Places
  • Cherym
  • Gaze is Ghost
  • Sister Ghost
  • Charlotte Hatherlye

There will also be a special performance by Brigid Mae Power.

What’s The Score

A workshop with Charlotte Hatherley (Ash, Bat For Lashes, KT Tunstall, Bryan Ferry)

Soundtrack of Our Lives

Five of Northern Ireland’s prominent female politicians in conversation about music and BBC’s Marie-Louise Muir, Naomi Long, Claire Hanna, Carál Ní Chuilín, Clare Bailey and Paula Bradley.

Suffragette for Sound

Julie McLarnon (Analogue Catalogue) and guest Caro C will lead a unique workshop that incorporates electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (creator of original Dr Who theme).

Panel discussions and workshops with Olga Fitzroy (producer Coldplay), Emma Edgar (Tour Manager, Placebo, Everything Everything, Wolf Alice), Claire Southwick (Primitive Management), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact), Susan Breen (Film Producer, Requiem – BBC and Netflix).

Plus many more events. For full programme visit Womensworkni.co.uk.

“Women’s Work festival is making an important contribution to the overall celebration of Belfast as a great music city. We exceed expectation due to the sheer amount of successful artists that come from our city and from the region. Singers such as Ruby Murray, who still holds the record for the most number of singles in the UK Top 20 at the same time, to the more modern and diverse artists like Kaz Hawkins, Roe, Soak and Ursula Burns show we have a wealth of female talent to share.” – The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Nuala McAllister on the festival.

Posted on May 2nd, 2018


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Now in its second-year Girls Rock Dublin camp which is taking place from July 3rd to 7th have announced the details on their launch party being held at Whelan’s on May 4th.

All proceeds from the night will go towards funding this year’s summer camp for girls aged 12-17. For more details on Girls Rock Dublin go to this previous post.

Lineup on the night includes:

  • Pillow Queens
  • Maria Kelly
  • Sub Motion
  • Roe

Tickets for the Girls Rock Dublin fundraiser priced at €11.50 or €6 for students are available from Billetto.ie.

Posted on April 25th, 2018


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Winner of the IMRO small festival of the year award for 2017 and one of the most endearing festivals in Ireland, Another Love Story is back once more and have announced their music lineup for the festival which takes place at the grounds of Killyon Manor, Co Meath from August 17th – 19th 2018.

The lineup includes:

  • Mammal Hands
  • Cloud Castle Lake
  • The Lost Brothers
  • Ships
  • O Emperor
  • Mount Alaska
  • Somadrone
  • R Kitt
  • Pillow Queens
  • Davy Kehoe
  • Solkatt
  • Dowry
  • Joshua Burnside
  • Anna Mieke
  • Sorcha Richardson
  • Deaf Joe
  • Robert John Ardiff
  • Nava
  • Roe
  • Inni K
  • The Silken Same
  • Sun Collective
  • Attention Bebe
  • Interskalatic
  • Graham Mc Sweeny
  • Simon O’Reilly
  • Royal Yellow
  • The Glasshouse Collective
  • Donal Dineen
  • Eddie Kay
  • Lil Dave
  • My House DJs
  • Bodytonic DJs
  • Nialler9
  • The Als Shift Shack with Cian O’C, Claire F, Emma K, Andrew K, Neil F, Emmet C, Paddy D, Tom R

Tier 4 tickets priced at €190+ are available now via Eventbrite.ie.

Other Occurrences :
The Shift Shack | The Library By Yhrf | The Front Room | The Big Stretchy
For Conor | This Must Be The Place | My House Presents : Way Out There |
& More Tba

Regular and boutique camping on offer.

Other Details
Return Bus from Dublin To ALS : €18
Camper van tickets (very limited) : €20
No Sunday camping – event runs 19.00 Fri Aug 18th – 19.00 Sun Aug 20th.
Under 12’s go free accompanied by adult
12-18 year olds are not permitted
Dogs Free!

Posted on April 19th, 2018

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This is only a selection of new music – dig into more or follow the Spotify playlists.


Tooka – Bogotá

Tooka are a new three-piece electronic band from Dublin who formed this year made up by Ben Higgins (vocals/guitar), Jack Gamble (vocals/guitar) and Dónal Sharpson ( piano/vocals/production) – the same guy who dropped Bonobo-esque upbeat feel-good track ‘Sheikah’ earlier in the year. Elements of Dónal’s production style can be heard on ‘Bogotá, a vibrant energy that is emotionally laced with a harmonious flow and piano riffs. The track is from their three track self-titled EP.


Pillow Queens – Puppets

On their way to dominating the current Irish indie-pop scene Pillow Queens release ‘Puppets’ their second release this year as follow on from ‘Favourite’. The title of their forthcoming EP out on March 16th State of State was inspired by ‘Puppets’. The track does not fail to deliver that infectious quality that Pillow Queens embody in their music, while at the same time dealing with the issues present in a post-recession Ireland and the effect that can have on your mental health.


The Hot Sprockets – Cold Cold Sweat

Dublin soul-rock four-piece The Hot Sprockets are teasing the sound of their new album Dream Mover with an impactful tone on this first release ‘Cold Cold Sweat’. The added brass elements and afro-beat influence on the track sees a step up in soulful energy for the band. Excitement for the new sound on the album builds.

The album launch takes place at The Button Factory on April 14th.


Slow Skies – Dancing

Slow Skies is the musical project of Dublin musician Karen Sheridan. ‘Dancing’ is an ambient folk-pop track that captivates attention with Karen’s angelic vocal delivery. Her debut album is set for release in May.


Days_S – Elbows

This is Dublin-based singer-songwriter Dave Costello or Day_S, second release via Diffusion Lab as a follow-on from his debut release ‘Last Night’. ‘Elbows’ is another soulful electric pop track delivery from the 22-year-old musician. A stripped back acoustic version of the track is also out.


Montauk Hotel – Hands

Dublin-based indie-pop four-piece band Montauk Hotel made their debut with ‘Sense of Place’ last year. ‘Hands’ is an 80s-inspired pop track with a beaming melody.

You can catch them live at The Paddy’s Weekender at The Workman’s Club this Saturday March 17th.


Sequence – Stunna

Athlone-based hip-hip artist Sequence’s new track ‘Stunna’ is his first release from his EP Take Time which will be released this July. The track is an upbeat feel-good track with a UK afrobeat tone.


Super Silly – Here

Hudis, Grvz, SolBas and Glory make up the Dublin-based group Super Silly. ‘Here’ is a modern R’n’B track with a soulful-pop melody, produced by Tunde Esho and recorded with Rian Trench of Solar Bears.

The video was directed by Sean Clancy.


Sorcha Richardson – Can’t We Pretend

Dublin-native, Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Sorcha Richardson’s latest release represents a slightly more stripped back and slower-tempo sound than her previous release ‘Waking Life’. In 2015 Sorcha released an acoustic demo recorded in her bedroom titled ‘I Can Be Your Friend’ via YouTube. It appears that this same track has been developed into the harmonious electro-pop track ‘Can’t We Pretend’.

Posted on March 14th, 2018


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Irish group Pillow Queens have released this new  video for their single ‘Favourite’ directed by Bob Gallagher and it has a lot of dogs in it so it’s basically the best kind of music video around right?

The song and video come out in the lead up to the release of the group’s forthcoming EP State Of The State. The four track EP, due for release on the 16th of March, will be distributed via Bristol based indie label Specialist Subject Records.

This story of a dog show gone horribly wrong combines a retro 90’s aesthetic with the surrealist elements always present in director Bob Gallagher’s work. The group cite influences ranging from the Antiques Roadshow to Sabrina The Teenage Witch in coming up with the original concept for the shoot.

Check out some of Gallagher’s previous video work with Naoise Roo and Rusangano Family here.

Pillow Queens will embark on a UK and Ireland tour, beginning with an EP launch on the 16th of March in the Irish Cultural Centre, London and ending on April 21st in The Workmans Club, Dublin.

Tickets for the Workman’s Club gig are on sale now at €15.

Posted on February 27th, 2018

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Community radio for young people in London The Irish Jam is presenting ‘Oíche Eile – a night of alternative Music on St. Patrick’s Eve’.

The gig takes place in Hammersmith, London on March 16th with performances from Pillow Queens, Delorentos, Video Blue and Tayne.

Early bird tickets priced at £10+ are now available from Eventbrite or £15 on the door.

Pillow Queens just released the video for their latest track ‘Favourite’ check it out below.

Posted on February 26th, 2018


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Dublin-based four-piece Pillow Queens’, one of Nialler9’s artists to love in 2018, new EP State Of The State will be out on 16th March on Specialist Subject Records.

The first release ‘Favourite’ is a thrilling introduction to the EP, with distinct lead vocals that are enhanced with harmonies and embedded with catchy guitar riffs, amounting to a infectious energy.

Posted on January 25th, 2018



It’s time to look to the future.

January is all about renewal and looking forward so with that in mind here are 18 acts from around the globe who we reckon will be on your playlist rotation this year. Some you may know, but our criteria is based on picking acts you won’t see in other lists or new acts we already love and support.

Listen to the Spotify playlist

Last year’s list.



Eight-piece electro pop group

Signed to Domino Records, Superorganism is made up of eight musicians from London, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, seven of which now calling London home in the same house. Their electro-pop sound is making waves around the world with the latest track ‘Everyone Wants to Be Famous’ already clocking up over three hundred thousand views on YouTube since it’s release three weeks ago. Their debut album is out on March 2nd and you can catch them at Forbidden Fruit festival this year.


Tribal Dance

Dublin math-rock revival

Dublin-based band Tribal Dance is made up of Adam Smyth, Stephen Dowling and Leo Clarke, formed with the explicit desire to play live shows. Their first and only release so far, ‘Flongo’, sent out waves of excitement, relying on intricate guitar notes, garage-rock vocals and interlocked percussion. Math-rock has returned to the Irish music scene.


Billie Eilish

Pop music with an adolocent attitude

Californian born 16-year-old Billie Eilish’s debut track ‘Ocean Eyes’ was written and produced with her brother Finneas O’Connell when she was only 13. It was originally posted on Soundcloud with the intent to show it to her dance teacher and class, within two weeks the track hit 1 million views. Her debut EP don’t smile at me came out on Interscope Records last year and embodies her moody teenager aesthetic. Ruth Cronin called her style ‘petulant pop’.



Harmonic electro-pop duo

London-based duo Megan Markwick and Lily Somerville or IDER signed to Glassnote Records last year. With singles such as ‘Nevermind’ and ‘Learn To Let Go’ they have encapsulated a sweet electro-pop sound for themselves with majestic harmonies. They made their Irish gig debut at Electric Picnic last year. You can catch them at Rich Mix, London next month.



Australian synth-poppers

Australian five-piece synth-pop group Parcels were discovered by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter at a gig in Paris, he then went on to co-produce their debut single ‘Overnight’ which has reached over 15 million streams on Spotify. They play an impressive 25 sold out shows around the world this year. They were due to play Body and Soul last but due to technical difficulties Ireland are still waiting on a gig.


Pink Kink

Neon-pop five-piece

Liverpool-based five-piece band Pink Kink spent last year touring with Pussy Riot. They released two infectious wordy neon-pop singles last year ‘Bubblebutt’ and ‘Munchie Magic’.

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Posted on January 22nd, 2018


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