Moxie, Kitt Philippa, Thumper, Beauty Sleep and Junior Brother for Ireland Music Week
Ireland Music Week has just announced the fifty acts that will be performing as part of this year’s event in Dublin on 1–5 October. The music festival and conference, formerly known as Hard Working Class Heroes, will feature a showcase of concerts across the Grand Social, Lost Lane, the Button Factory and the Workman’s Club.
After a call for submissions in May, over 500 artists applied to participate.
Included in the programme are Belfast dream-pop trio Beauty Sleep, who released their debut album Be Kind in May, and Dublin rock six-piece Thumper, who were described in a Journal of Music review earlier this year as an ‘incredibly tight iteration of hard pop rock.’
Traditional music group Moxie will also perform as well as Kerry singer and guitarist Junior Brother (reviewed in our piece on It Takes a Village), Galway singer Maija Sofia and electronic act Kyoto Love Hotel, led by singer Laura Sheary.
Multi-instrumentalist Kitt Phillipa returns to the festival this year, as well as Belfast rock quintet New Pagans, alt-rock duo Pearly and pop trio True Tides.
Angela Dorgan, CEO of First Music Contact, commented on the programme announcement:
Year on year, our judges remark on the quality of Irish bands in a global and not just local context. That is beyond encouraging to hear especially for all those who applied as well as the fifty who will showcase in October.
See the full line-up below. For more information, visit: www.irelandmusicweek.com/
Full festival line up:
Kyoto Love Hotel
Laura Elizabeth Hughes
Mango X MathMan
Robert John Ardiff
Sinead O’ Brien