- 16 Mar 22
A thrilling selection of some of the country's most promising acts are set to play the Y&E Series – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
We're thrilled to announce the return of the Hot Press' Y&E Series – kicking off on March 23, and brought to you once again in conjunction with the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Among the first batch of hotly tipped Irish acts to take over the Hot Press Instagram at 7pm every night are Eva Campbell, Leah Moran, Travi the Native, Lisa Murray, Uppbeat, Mia Yermeche, Cathal Murphy, D. Cullen and Tara Nome Doyle.
They're following in the footsteps of CMAT, Bobbi Arlo, NewDad, Robert Grace, Róisín El Cherif, Orla Gartland, Lucy Gaffney, Reuben Hester, and the other hundreds of acts who took part in the Y&E Series' previous five seasons.
Available to watch back now on our Instagram, the Y&E gigs underline both the quality and diversity of the current scene here – which might have been impacted by Covid, but has still managed to thrive creatively.
The Hot Press' The Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, returns next week. Watch the performances every night live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 7pm.
Next week on the Y&E Series...
Wednesday, March 23: Eva Campbell
Raised in Skerries, Dublin, the young musician already been carving a name for herself on the pop boulevard with appearances on the Late Late Toy Show, Junior Eurovision, and most recently, The Voice UK in 2019. Eva aligns herself to musical idols such as Florence & The Machine and The Cranberries, released a string of fun, unapologetic singles in the last few years, from 'Echo' to 'Stay'. During lockdown, Eva collaborated with Grammy-nominated music producer Billy Farrell (The Corrs, Bonnie Tyler). Eva composed a collection of original songs, all written and recorded in her bedroom. Campbell's lockdown creations were perfected alongside a wealth of collaborators over Zoom with those final touches.
Thursday, March 24: Leah Moran
At just 18-years-old, the Dublin singer-songwriter has already established herself as a powerful new force in Irish music with over 584,000 likes on TikTok for her stunning acoustic performances, as well as a further 68,000 streams on Spotify. But when her idol Dermot Kennedy shared her cover of his song, she couldn't hide her TikTok page from her family any longer. As her inclusion among the ‘A New Local Hero’ talent search finalists proved, Leah is set to make serious waves on these shores and beyond. Nostalgic singles 'I Wish' and 'What Happened To Us' have garnered a small but burgeoning fanbase for the young artist, with bright things surely in her future.
Friday, March 25: Travi The Native
With a sound reminiscent to that of Tom Petty, Talking Heads, Maggie Rogers and The 1975; Travi The Native is the latest musical incarnation of Travis Gilbert. Belfast’s alt-pop prodigyburst onto the scene in the spring of 2020 with his critically acclaimed debut single ‘Heavy Love’. However, he was making moves as a singer/songwriter long before his alter-ego materialised – touring extensively across Europe and attending writing camps with likes of Sam Fender and Artful Dodger. 2021 saw Travi The Native release his highly anticipated debut EP, God Only Calls The House Phone. Turning heads across the UK, Ireland & Europe, this five track ensemble saw Travi claim his rightful place as Hot for 2022 in Hot Press magazine. New track 'Shambles' continues to show off his talent.
Saturday, March 26: Lisa Murray
The Meath-based artist and producer released her debut single, 'The Kind of Girl', in May 2021. The track was written during Lisa's time studying at the world-renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston, from which she holds a master’s degree in Music Production, Technology and Innovation. As a producer, Lisa fuses 80s nostalgia with cutting edge vocal production that allows listeners to dive deep into her sonic world. She also works as the Chapter Director of shesaid.so Dublin and fills a myriad of roles within She Knows Tech, a collective aimed at female empowerment in the music tech industry. Latest single 'i unfollowed u' is a certified bop, full of pop ferocity.
Sunday, March 27: Uppbeat
Blurring the boundaries between high-energy punk and socially conscious hip-hop, this Mayo artist refuses to play it safe, with unapologetically raw anthems addressing everything from mental health struggles to the housing crisis. It’s an approach that’s struck a powerful chord with his online community with over 600,000 Spotify streams on his 2021 track ‘Exhale’. His recent nine-track project HI VIS grabbed the attention of tastemakers and music fans alike, while his debut single 'Embers' set the tone for his successive releases in 2017. In his career this far, he's also made sure to tackle serious themes from landlord-ism in Ireland to toxic masculinity.
Monday, March 28: Mia Yermeche
It’s been a busy year for the 19-year-old singer-songwriter, whose debut single was released while she was still working towards her Leaving Cert. Following an impressive appearance on The Big Deal – performing in front of a judges panel that included Boy George – her powerhouse vocals marked her as one of the standout acts of ‘A New Local Hero’. She was ultimately selected as one of the five finalists for the showcase in The Academy, where she cemented her reputation as a star-on-the-rise. Produced by Chris Kabs, the Irishman behind JyellowL's 2020 D|Vision, recent track 'Butterflies' is a smooth R&B offering with crisp vocals and floating organ synths. Kabs got in touch after spotting one of Yermeche’s Instagram covers, and created the TEMO Universal, Dublin.
Tuesday, March 29: Cathal Murphy
Hailing from Camlough, Cathal has been raised on Irish traditional music – a passion passed down through his family from his great grandad. The Edinburg-based singer-songwriter blends soulful vocals with expressive song writing and uplifting guitar. As a member of award winning Northern Irish contemporary folk five-piece Cúig he's already toured extensively across Europe and the USA, also appearing at Celtic Connections in Glasgow. He released his debut EP, I'm Writing to You, It Can Be Lonely and Beautiful at the Edges of Print, last June alongside a 20-minute visual. Lead single 'Frame' paved the way for the project's success.
Wednesday March 30: D. Cullen
The Dublin singer-songwriter gained attention in 2019 when his single 'Alright' made waves at radio and led to an acclaimed performance on The Late Late Show. He followed up in 2020 with a slew of equally addictive releases: The Rising Tide EP, 'Rainbow Weather'; 'Birch Street' and a festive collaboration with Sinead McConville, 'Christmas Ain't The Same (Miles & Miles Away)'. 2021 saw the release of psych-pop tune 'All The People' - co-produced with renowned producer Roger Bechirian - romance-twinged gem 'She Is A Song' and instant pop hit 'Heartline'. Cullen's melodies and soundscapes aim to bridge the gap between Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Taylor Swift; as demonstrated on his most recent musical number 'Radio'.
Thursday March 31: Tara Nome Doyle
In April 2018, the Berlin-raised Norwegian/Irish musician's first single ‘Down With You’ was unveiled. It has since been streamed more than four million times, with her first EP Dandelion landing that same year to similar numbers and acclaim. The project was published by avant-pop label Martin Hossbach - noted for jump-starting the careers of many Berlin artists. Debut album Alchemy came in 2020, cementing Tara’s status as a star on the rise before 2022's hugely unique sophomore offering Værmin arrived. Previewed by captivating singles 'Snail I', 'Crow' and 'Caterpillar', the album landed via Modern Imprint. Catch her live this March at Doyles' Ruby Sessions.
And keep an eye on hotpress.com for more information about the upcoming line-up...