- 06 May 21
We're capping off the current edition of the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series over the coming days, with a dazzling selection of emerging Irish talent – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Consider your weekend plans sorted – as we bring you a spectacular selection of Irish acts, joining us on the Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series over the coming days.
The upcoming acts will be capping off the current edition of the Y&E Series – which comes to a close on Monday evening, following a fantastic run of performances.
With the support of the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, we've been able to shine a light on some of the best young and emerging talent that Ireland has to offer over the last year – with a brilliant selection of acts joining Hot Press on Instagram for special live-streamed performances.
Following the remarkable success of last year's Y&E Series – which featured 120 live acts, and an audience reach of over four million – the new edition launched at the end of March. Take a look at the dazzlingly diverse selection of artists set to join us over the days ahead:
Thursday, May 6: MEGHAN ALI
Combining vibrant elements of blues and folk with a pop sensibility, Cork singer-songwriter Meghan Ali has captivated an ever-growing audience in Ireland, with her stunning singles. Following the success of 'Mystic Forest', released earlier this year, she returned this week with 'Whiskey Neat' – which explores the pressure and anxiety of living in a world in which we are expected to be switched on 24/7.
Friday, May 7: MEGAN O'NEILL
Following the release of her lauded second studio album, Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty, earlier this year, Megan O'Neill continues to establish herself as one of Ireland's most compellingly original artists. The album follows 2018's Ghost of You, which hit No.1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts in the UK and Ireland, as well as two acclaimed EPs, Coming Home (2015) and Stories to Tell (2017). To celebrate the success of Getting Comfortable with Uncertainty, she has announced a tour of Ireland and the UK for later this year.
Saturday, May 8: ETAOIN
With the release of her highly anticipated Bedroom Walls EP on April 30, Etaoin has emerged as one of the most captivating new forces in Irish music. Her powerful combination of irresistible pop and raw lyrical honesty have helped her to garner an ever-growing fanbase online – with nearly 600,000 Spotify streams on her latest tracks.
Sunday, May 9: DECARTERET
Clare native DeCarteret has been marked as a serious one-to-watch on the Irish scene. Currently attending BIMM, she is rapidly blossoming into an extraordinary artist – following the release of her latest single, 'LuvSeat', earlier this year. Raw, unapologetic and complex, the track explores themes of confusion, mistakes, grief and sex – drawing influence from the likes of Mac Miller, Billie Eilish and Jorja Smith.
Monday, May 10: VJ JAXSON
Following his studies in BIMM, Nigerian-born Tallaght-raised artist VJ Jaxson has emerged as a serious force to be reckoned with on the Irish scene. Drawing from his personal struggles with depression, his songs feature a unique juxtaposition of heartfelt lyrics and an upbeat tempo – carefully layered within an R&B melody. He released 'Red Pill' – the second single from his debut EP – last month.
The Hot Press Lockdown Sessions' Y&E Series is supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. Watch the performances live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) every night at 7.30pm.