Smirnoff set out a brand commitment earlier this year in their stated goal of doubling the number of female, LGBTQ and non-binary headliners at electronic music festivals by 2020, in the wake of recent talk of the lack of gender representation on bills across the world.

As part of this initiative and following on from the Move the Needle campaign, Smirnoff have announced a call for upcoming electronic producers and DJs to apply to take part in a masterclass weekend in Dublin on December 8th and 9th under the name Smirnoff Equalizing Music Dublin.

A industry panel will select 15 candidates to attend the two-day event which will feature talks, workshops and networking with 8 musicians from Ireland and internationally.

Participants in the talks include UMFANG (Discwoman / Technicolour) and ELLLL (Gash Collective) who will also play a showcase at Wah Wah Club on Saturday, 9th December. Other speakers and tutors to be announced.

Potential applications can apply here. The closing date for entries is Monday, November 6th and the 15 selected will be notified by Friday, November 17th.

SMIRNOFF reminds music fans of all gender identities to pace themselves and drink responsibly. To learn more visit

About the SMIRNOFF Equalizing Music Pledge

According to music heavyweights THUMP, females, transgender and non-binary people made up 17% of headliners in 2016 at electronic music festivals around the world. This percentage is far from gender parity. On International Women’s Day in March, Smirnoff pledged to double this number by 2020.

Posted on October 19th, 2017

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Loose Joints is a podcast where we talk to a guest and play music they like new and old. True to the name, the podcast features a loose collection of tunes, tied together by very little logic, just like our chats. Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon are your hosts.

This month’s guests is Greg Spring, of art and culture agency This Greedy Pig, online art print label Hen’s Teeth , the Fantasy 12 exhibition, and DJ who can often be found playing with TGP cohort Russell Simmons. Together they host a show on Dublin Digital Radio and you can catch them DJing at Hang Dai this Friday.

This month’s chat includes the tunes below, wild garlic pesto, Daniel O’Donnell, social media influencers, the reaction to the DAMN. artwork, we find out who wrote that McDonald’s jingle, what our rap names are and the scampi fries that will change your life.

Download: Loose Joints Podcast #7:Greg Spring (91MB, 1 hour 33mins)


Ships – Where We Are
Oluko Imo – Praise Jah
Kendrick Lamar – Fear
Digable Planets – Dog It
Kamasai Washington – Truth
Jay Daniel – Paradise Valley
UMFANG – Weight
Mix & Fairbanks – Girls
Henry Wu – Deep in The Mudd
Holm CPU – Fotspor (Bobby Spice remix)
Davy Kehoe – Storm Desmond

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Special thanks to Sean Corcoran for producing / recording.

#6: Gib Cassidy.
#5: Best of 2016 with May Kay.
#4: Aisling Rogerson
#3: Emmet Kirwan.
#2: Oisin Davis.
#1: Aidan Kelly.

Posted on April 27th, 2017


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