- 03 Nov 23
The Hot Press Y&E Series returns for another thrilling week of live performances as we are delighted to add some fresh faces to the lineup – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
Since its conception the Hot Press Y&E Series has shared hundreds of unqiue and personal performances from some of the best up-and-coming talent in Irish music straight to your devices. With three weeks of memorable shows getting this year's edition off to a flying start, we're announcing a fresh set of exciting names to brighten up those dreary November evenings.
This year's series boasts a staggering total of 40 shows, featuring a mesmerising range of sounds, styles, and personalities, live and direct via the Hot Press Instagram.
“The prospect of hearing new music from some of Ireland’s most exciting young and emerging acts is incredibly exciting, and this year’s Hot Press Young & Emerging Series promises just that," comments Minister Catherine Martin. "I am delighted the Series has developed into one of the best ways audiences, all around the world, can connect with the next generation of Irish musicians and future stars. These talented newcomers will deliver energetic performances and great entertainment for all who tune in on the live streams.”
As well as providing a launch pad for domestic acts at the beginning of their budding careers, the Y&E Series has helped uncover a plethora of Irish artists who are now well on course for global domination – previous performers include October Hot Press cover star CMAT, Cian Ducrot, Orla Gartland, Robert Grace, Lea Heart, KhakiKid, Kynsy, NewDad, Matthew Nolan, Dani Larkin, Lucy Gaffney and many more.
This edition of the series will include an impressive total of 40 shows – and we're thrilled to announce the next week's lineup below.
Coming up this week on the Hot Press Y&E series...
Friday 3rd : Evie
An alt-folk artist with a twist, Evie's debut EP Since the Fire, showcases her distinclty delicate songwriting approach. At 22, she's happy to be the haunted house of the Irish music scene, drawing on dark textured influences such a Radiohead, Lisa Hannigan and Phoebe Bridgers. A more than capable live performer, Evie has sold out Dublin shows, performed at the lauded CCI Paris, played two historic Ruby Sessions, supported Last Apollo and appeared at the Sligo Arts Festival. Her sophomore EP Shiny Things takes centre stage this Spring.
Saturday 4th : Garron Noone
Garron Noone is a Ballina comedian and musician who’s earned himself a mammoth online following, with a reputation for his hilarious reviews of Irish culture - whether it be sharing his thoughts on Irish towns, or giving his expert step-by-step guide on dining on a spice bag. He’s earned plaudits for his comedy, featuring on the BBC’s Big Comic Energy, he also boasts over 480k followers on TikTok alone. His talents extend to the realm of music too – releasing his charectaristically humourous single ‘Ready For Go (Chicken Roll Song)’ in May earlier this year.
Sunday 5th : F3miii
A Dublin-based musician making waves for with melodic voice and vibrant guitar skills, F3miii has been involved in music ever since he got his start signing in a gospel choir. He has since collaborated with some lauded Irish acts, including Jafaris, Haresquead, Monjola and Moio. Finding solace in creating music on love and heartbreak, the young producer has an impressive string of live appeareances under his belt, including shows at Irish Music Week, Trinity Ball and Forbidden Fruit. F3miii has also featured on popular Spotify curated playlists such as Our Generation, Chilled Pop Hits and Alternative Ireland.
Monday 6th : Ruth Mac
Ruth Mac is a vocalist, songwriter and musician from Galway now based in Berlin. Her debut EP Living Room was released in 2021 on Beth Shalom Records. With a sound described as “idiosyncratic soul-infused indie”, Mac’s music ties an engaging simplicity with thoughtful, slightly off-kilter lyricism. Mac’s music has been supported by Hot Press and has earned radio play from Dublin City FM, 8Radio and IndiePop Takeout.Following the release of her debut EP, Mac spent 2022 bringing her live show to Ireland, UK, and Germany, including support slots for English synth-pop legends Hot Chip and acclaimed Irish folk duo Ye Vagabonds.
Tuesday 7th : Chubby Cat
Possessing tracks that are creating waves in the UK & Ireland, and stamped with an unmistakable style of her own, Cork born BIMM graduate Chubby Cat is one of the country’s forerunning electro-pop artists. Her songs have earned spins on stations both at home and abroad, including BBC 6 and Radio 1, and a host of Irish stations. An enigmatic performer, she's supported the likes of Crawlers and Tourist at sold-out Dublin shows, and appeared at the ever-popular Indiependence Festival in her native Cork.
Wednesday 8th : TeleZura
Hailing From Derry, TeleZura have broken out this year, with their unique capacity to funnel teenage emotion into artfully crafted anthems evident in their acclaimed debut single 'Heartfelt Summer'. The track received rave reviews and radio play across the country- a hugely convincing introduction to the hotly tipped newcomers, with the summer banger showcasing a young band with sharply honed songwriting skills and serious potential for a major mainstream breakthrough.
Thursday 9th : Emileo
Having been raised in Germany, Spain and Morocco, Emileo won the inaugural Sinead O'Connor BA Commercial Modern Music Scholarship of BIMM Dublin in 2020, the city where she currently resides. Known as a fearless and accomplished musician who delivers a remarkable kaleidoscope of sounds and imagery soaring with individuality and heart. She has supported artists such as Mundy and Tolü Makay and performed in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre and Cork’s Opera House as special guest to Tori Amos. She’s no stranger to the festival stage either, appearing at All Together Now and Electric Picnic. Most recently she organised the charity event ‘Music for Morocco’ and was able to raise 1500€ of donations for the victims of the earthquake epicentre.
Friday 10th : Gary O'Neill
Emerging Kilkenny Songwriter Gary O’Neill has garnered great success with his EP To Those I’ve Missed, a body of work which explores the effects of the relationships with the ones that we love and admire. The first single from the project, ‘Petals’, caught the attention of Hot Press and various stations across the nation, including Tomorrow Radio, LMFM, FLIRT FM, Raidio Na Life and RTE 2XM. The singer has released multiple albums, since moving much of his material offline as he gears up to set out on a new musical journey.
Saturday 11th : Qbanaa
With a name springing from her Cuban heritage, Qbanaa is setting the Irish scene alight with her diverse gifts, made evident off-the-bat with her debut single 'Truth and Desire', which was nominated for 'Track of the Year' by Hot Press. Based in Dublin, she grew up travelling back and forth from Cuba where music and salsa dancing were integral parts of her childhood. Earning a reputation for incredible live performances, Qbanaa has founded the Soul Juice jazz/Soul open mic in Dashi Smithfield – with an ethos of building a community around the Jazz-fusion scene in Dublin.