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RTÉ Choice Music Prize announce live Vicar Street lineup & conversations details

RTÉ Choice Music Prize announce live Vicar Street lineup & conversations details

RTÉ Choice Music Prize has announced the artists due to play the live event at Vicar Street on Thursday March 9th with 5 of the 10 nominated album acts due to take to the stage on the night.

They’ve also announced details of their conversations strand to take place in BIMM on the same day, Thursday March 9th, 12pm – 4.15pm

The live acts playing on the night are Anna Mieke, Aoife Nessa Frances, Just Mustard, Pillow Queens and Thumper.

Due to touring and/or recording commitments, Dermot Kennedy, CMAT, Fontaines D.C., Sorcha Richardson and The Mary Wallopers are unable to perform on the night.

Tickets are on sale for the Choice, which is always a great night out.

Expect a more-jam packed night too than previous as there are new prizes / categories to contend with – Irish Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist of the Year and the previously awarded Song Of The Year.

The winning Classic Irish Album will be announced on Monday 6th March, while the prize will be presented along with the other prizes at the live event in Vicar Street.

The Irish Song of the Year 2022 will be announced by Tracy Clifford on the day of the live event on 9th March. Tracy will also host the event that night. The winners of the Irish Album of the Year, Irish Artist of the Year and Irish Breakthrough Artist of the Year will all be announced at the live event from Vicar St and on RTÉ 2FM.

The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen from a shortlist of ten albums by a panel of eleven Irish music media professionals and industry experts. The list of judges is on their site.

The winning album will be announced at the RTÉ Choice Music Prize live event in Vicar Street, Dublin on Thursday 9th March and broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four-hour extended show from 7-11pm. A special TV show will be broadcast on Thursday 16th March at 22.30 on RTÉ2 presented by Bláthnaid Treacy.

Conversations 2023

The Conversations take place from noon to 4.15pm at BIMM Dublin on Francis St on Thursday 9th March,

Here’s a look at what’s happening, with four panels on the day, hosted by Jim Carroll (RTÉ). Admission is free, but attendees will need to register for a ticket, due to limited space.

11am – Registration at BIMM, Francis St

12-12.40pm – Panel 1 Keynote Interview

Trevor Dietz (Manager, Fontaines D.C.)

The story of how Fontaines D.C. went from BIMM Students to Grammy-nominated artists in a matter of years.

12.50 – 1.30pm – Panel 2 Building An Online Fanbase

In the digital music era, where having an online presence before creating music is nearly the norm than the exception, this panel will explore how best to build and engage with your fan base leading to increased streams and ticket sales.


Ceri Dixon (Head of Digital Partnerships / Artist Manager, Red Light Management)

SELLÓ (Artist)

Olly Brooks (Campaign Manager, Blackstar Agency)

1.40pm-2.20pm – Panel 3 Live & Direct

With streaming and physical sales revenue for most artists a long way from providing a living wage, live & touring continues to be their most important revenue stream. This panel will discuss, amongst other things: What are live agents looking for from new and emerging Irish artists? How to build and maintain an audience through live activity. Does Brexit make any difference to Irish artists looking to tour internationally?


Holly Rowland (Agent, Wassermann)

Eleanor McGuinness (Partner / Agent, PlayBook Artists)

Rob McGee (Agent, FMLY Agency)

2.30 – 3.20pm Panel 4 Heard It On The Radio

Who better to ask than the DJs and broadcasters whose job relies on finding the best in new music. Nels Hylton (BBC Radio 1), John Kennedy (Radio X) Gemma Bradley (BBC Radio 1 / BBC Radio Ulster) offer the inside track on how to grab those initial plays for your music.


Nels Hylton (BBC Radio 1)

John Kennedy (Radio X)

Gemma Bradley (BBC Radio 1 / BBC Radio Ulster)

3.30 – 4.15pm – Panel 4 Behind The Scenes

AIM Ireland chat to some of the independent music professionals behind some of this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominated artists.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize in association with AIM Ireland (Moderated by Gill Dooley, CEO AIM Ireland).


Gino (Manager, SELLÓ)

Joe Clarke (Manager, THUMPER)

Ismay Burke (PR / Digital)

The winning Album of the Year act will receive €10,000, a prize fund which has been provided by The Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and The Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). All shortlisted acts will receive a specially commissioned award.

The  RTÉ Choice Music Prize is presented in association with IMRO & IRMA.

RAAP, Culture Ireland, FMC, the BAI and Minding Creative Minds are also official project partners of the RTE Choice Music Prize. Through its funding of the Music From Ireland programme, Culture Ireland’s support of the RTÉ Choice Music Prize will be directed towards shortlisted artists, as well as assisting the RTÉ Choice Music Prize Conversations.

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