- 25 Oct 23
The Hot Press Y&E Series returns for another thrilling week of live performances as we 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 beamed hundreds of exclusive, intimate performances from some of the best up-and-coming talent in Irish music straight to your devices. With two weeks of memorable sets getting this year's iteration off to a flying start, we're announcing a fresh set of exciting names.
This year's series will boast a total of 40 shows, featuring a dazzling range of sounds, styles, and approaches, all live 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 springboard for homegrown acts at the beginning of their budding careers, the Y&E Series has shone a light on Irish artists who are now well on course for global domination – previous performers include current 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....
Wednesday 25th: Brinda Irani
Initially rising to prominence as a popular busker in Dublin, the teenage singer-songwriter cemented her status as a star-in-the-making with her stunning debut original single, ‘A Shadow’ last year – followed by a string of brilliant tracks in 2023. This year also saw her crowned one of the regional winners in the A New Local Hero talent search.
Thursday 26th: Temi NLA
A Hot Press New Local Hero 2023 finalist, Temi NLA is an 18-year-old prodigy from North Inner-City Dublin. His talent speaks for itself – headlining the Sound House earlier this year before he was legally an adult. So far in 2023 he's unveiled a string of captivating singles, the most recent being the addictive, 'Scared of You'. Inspired by the likes of Chris Brown, Iann Dior and Ne-Yo, this is not an artist to be slept on – bearing an important message to spread to the people – “PUT GOD FIRST”.
Friday 27th: Siobhán Winifred
Having grown up in an Irish family in the tranquil embrace of Dorset, Siobhan Winifred’s music has deservedly gained plaudits from some notable names in music - including James Bay, Modernlove., and BBC Introducing. Inspired by acts such as Rufus Wainwright, Leonard Cohen, and Alex Turner, her most recent ethereal single ‘Killers’ explores navigating complicated relationships with narcissistic individuals - showcasing her innate ability to transform complex human experiences into poignant musical narratives.
Saturday 28th: Aaron Rowe
Aaron Rowe has earned acclaim in his native Dublin for his powerful vocal ability. No stranger to the live scene, he has supported Irish titans like Christy Dignam, Gavin James, Paddy Casey and Mik Pyro amongst many others. Rowe makes his long overdue transition from pub singer to bona-fide recording artist with the emotive 'Drawing The Line' - a song encapsulating the artist's struggle for self-esteem following an untimely break-up.
Sunday 29th: Taylor D
A Clondalkin native transcending conventional pop boundaries , this award-winning songwriter has been making waves across the globe - crowned "First Choice Radio UK Artist of the Year," Taylor D’s music has garnered radio play as far away as Australia, Japan and the U.S. Her flirtatious Fan Girl EP his a fun homage to her listeners and pop diva superfans all over the world.
Monday 30th: Anikẹ Akano
With a smooth and fervent sound that effortlessly combines elements of R&B, folk, and indie pop, Anikẹ Akano - at just 18 years old - is already making a name for herself in the music industry. Releasing her much-anticipated debut single ‘Passing By’ in November, Anikẹ’s unique blend of eloquent melodies and harrowing lyrics is certain to capture hearts - leaving listeners eager for more.
Tuesday 31st: Holly Munro
An Irish singer-songwriter gaining recognition for her electronic-infused brand of folk-pop, Holly Munro's distinct sound draws inspiration from icons Bjork, Kate Bush, and Joni Mitchell. She also happens to be Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor's sister, spending most of her days alongside her producer in the same Somerset studio that Tears For Fears recorded Songs From The Big Chair in. With its folk sensibilities and ambient textures, her upcoming EP Up Against Your Nature is both reassuringly nostalgic yet excitingly fresh.
Wednesday 1st : Polly Barrett
Already renowned in the Irish folk scene with two studio albums under her belt, Polly Barrett is no stranger to the creative process and performing - having recently appeared at the Milkwaukee Irish Fest alongside the Coronas, Wallis Bird and a host of Irish acts. Rediscovering her creativity through Forest Therapy, she explores the overwhelming love for one's child and parenthood on her new album Sapling be… a journey through motherhood, love and loss, the very life cycle of nature itself.