- 24 Mar 23
The Dublin station's other finalists included YAWA, Celaviedmai and Bradley Marshall.
Dublin's 98FM is the next radio station to unveil its overall winner for A New Local Hero: with Row-B coming out on top!
The artist also known as Robbie Coleman made the jump from Dublin's underground rock scene into rap in his younger years – and has since played some of the biggest festivals in the country, as well as making notable radio and TV appearances.
"I won the 98FM Irish Music Month competition," he wrote online. "The other three were just as deserving of winning and I’m completely in shock to be honest. I now get to go ahead and represent 98FM in the national final. I can’t stop laughing. Insane..."
The other talented finalists selected by 98FM included indie duo YAWA, hugely promising young rapper Celaviedmai, and rising star Bradley Marshall.
Each finalist got the chance to play live on 98FM, with all of the artists – thanks to the support of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, under its Sound & Vision scheme – being paid for their performance.
As one of the central features of Irish Music Month, A New Local Hero is a major call to arms for Irish musicians and bands – with all 25 participating radio stations having reached out for submissions as part of the talent search.
Listen to Row-B's 'Golden' below:
25 acts, including Row-B, have been selected as their radio station's A New Local Hero. Now, an industry judging panel will choose just five of those acts to go forward to play at a special showcase event in Dublin.
The A New Local Hero campaign will ultimately see over €100,000 paid directly to Irish artists – and one worthy winning act selected, who will get to record a single at the prestigious Camden Recording Studios in Dublin, and release the single on the famed Irish independent record label Rubyworks.
As announced by Hot Press and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI), Irish Music Month is running from Monday, March 12, to Friday, April 13 – and will see significantly increased radio play for Irish music across 25 independent radio stations.
Irish Music Month is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, under its Sound & Vision scheme.
The event is also supported by IMRO, RAAP, MCD Productions, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Camden Recording Studios and the Rubyworks label.
Read more about Irish Music Month here.
Irish Music Month is supported by MCD Productions, IMRO, RAAP, Live Nation, Ticketmaster, Camdem Recording Studios, Spéir Mix & Master, X-Music and Square1
Irish Music Month is funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland from the television license fee