- 28 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.
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 emerging talents in Irish alt-pop.
Kicking off proceedings in suitably smooth fashion with guitarist Sam Killeen's rendition of jazz standard 'Misty', Fia showcasing her unique vocals with a run of stripped-back, acoustic songs, including a stunning rendition of her current single 'xx'. She also explored another side of her eclectic sound with a mashup of Red Hot Chili Peppers' 'Californication' and Tears for Fears' 'Mad World', before closing the set with a performance of 'Better Days', her first single of 2020.
"It's been such a strange time without any gigs," she reflected during the performance. "I released a lot of new music this year, and the plan was to do a lot of gigs – but with everything going on in the world it didn't happen. So this is so great."
Revisit Fia Moon's performance on the Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, below:
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Take a look at the exciting upcoming acts on the Y&E Series below:
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.
Tuesday, September 1: LUCY MCWILLIAMS
Following a stunning guest appearance on Malaki's 'Fair Play', Lucy McWilliams continues to prove herself as one of the country's most powerful emerging voices with the recent release of her solo single 'RUNAWAY'. Having already clocked up over 150,000 monthly listeners on Spotify, its clear the 20-year-old singer-songwriter is poised for major success.
Wednesday, September 2: ELINA FILICE
Growing up between Singapore and Canada before relocating to Dublin, Elina Filice has rapidly established herself as one fo the most thrilling talents on the Irish scene, with a string of lauded releases, including her latest single 'Thinking Of You'.
Thursday, September 3: SOPHIE DOYLE RYDER
Rapidly rising Dublin star Sophie Doyle Ryder has been writing songs since the age of 10 – drawing inspiration from the likes of Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish and Playboi Carti. Over the last two years, she's been busy building up a unique sound of her own.
Friday, September 4: MALAKI
Following the success of his stunning Butterfly Boy EP and his collaborative Cocoon series, Malaki has emerged as one of the most compellingly original new voices in the Irish hip-hop boom.
Saturday, September 5: STEO WALL
Having been praised by the legendary likes of Damien Dempsey, Luka Bloom and Christy Moore, Dublin singer-songwriter Steo Wall has established himself as one fo the country's most thrilling talents – drawing from both Irish folk and Dublin hip-hop. He recently returned with his powerful new single 'My People'.
Sunday, September 6: NNIC
Blending neo-soul with electronic influences, Nnic has built up an impressive live profile with a series of lauded headliners and support slots for the likes of Hozier and Wyvern Lingo. She recently teamed up with Uly and R.Kitt on 'Not Too Late', in support of the Irish Refugee Council.
Each performance streams live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 8.30pm every night.