- 26 Aug 20
The new edition of the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series launched earlier this week, with the support of the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht.
Although relatively fresh on the scene, April has rapidly established herself as one of the country’s most compelling new voices – as showcased throughout her stunning performance on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions’ Y&E Series.
Recently crowned the “Best Songwriter in Ireland right now” by Blindboy, April incorporates elements of neo-soul, alt-R&B and bedroom pop to craft a sound that is entirely her own – and perfectly suited to the intimate setting of the Y&E Series.
Joined by Luke on guitar, April's launched her set with the title track from her debut EP, New Conditions, followed by another effortlessly smooth highlight from the project, 'Mean It In The Morning'. The performance also featured sneak previews of tracks from her upcoming EP Luna – which is undoubtedly set to place April on course for stardom on these shores and beyond.
Revisit her performance below:
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The Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' The Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, continues tonight with a performance from Gemma Dunleavy – live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 8.30pm.
See the spectacular line-up for the week ahead below:
Wednesday, August 26: GEMMA DUNLEAVY
Among the biggest breakout stars of 2020, Gemma Dunleavy blew the Irish music community away back in July with the release of her powerful debut EP, Up De Flats – a celebration of her birthplace of Sherriff Street in Dublin.
Thursday, August 27: FIA MOON
One of several acclaimed artists to contribute to the Irish Women in Harmony's hit cover of 'Dreams', Fia Moon has forged a reputation as one of the most compelling talents in Irish alt-pop. Following a string of acclaimed singles, she's set to release a six-song mixtape later this year.
Friday, August 28: SOMEBODY'S CHILD
Dublin-based band Somebody's Child, centred around lead vocalist and songwriter Cian Godfrey, continue to forge ahead as one of the most thrilled emerging acts in the country. Poised for major international success, they recently announced their first headline tour of Ireland and the UK for 2021.
Saturday, August 29: 7TH OBI
Tipped as one of the Hot Press 'Hot For 2020' Irish acts, the Waterford rapper has rapidly become one of the most authoritative voices in Irish hip-hop. 7th Obi continues to forge his own unique sound on new singles 'Redeye' and 'Come Alive'.
Sunday, August 30: LEMONCELLO
Following extensive collaborations with David Keenan, Lemoncello are set to rise to exciting new heights of their own in 2020. The duo, who were nominated for 'Best Emerging Folk Act' at the RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019, released their new EP, Oil & Water earlier this year.