- 11 Aug 21
A dazzling selection of some of the country's most hotly-tipped talent is set to play the Y&E Series – supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media. It promises to be a brilliant musical extravaganza from the get-go...
Following a remarkable run of performances as part of our previous four seasons, we're delighted to present our action-packed line-up for the first week of the new edition of the Hot Press Y&E Series!
Kicking off tomorrow at 7.30pm with a performance from pop-megastar-in-the-making KEHLI, the new Y&E Series will also feature the genre-crossing talents of Faraway Martin, Goldie Bron$on, Reevah, Wallfella, KY and Ali Comerford – all taking over the Hot Press Instagram.
And that's just for starters! Over the days and weeks ahead, you can also look forward to live-streamed gigs from Conor Marcus, PRiiCE, Galia Arad, Flynn, Willzee and many, many more.
They're following in the footsteps of the likes of Robert Grace, Orla Gartland, CMAT, Reuben Hester, Junior Brother, NewDad, The Zen Arcade, Bobbi Arlo, Oscar Blue, Susan O'Neill, JC Stewart and the other 150 or so acts who took part in the Y&E Series' previous four seasons.
Available for your bingeing pleasure on our IGTV, the Y&E gigs underline both the quality and diversity of the current scene in Ireland, and how our musicians have managed to thrive creatively during the pandemic.
Take a look at our dazzling selection of upcoming acts below:
Thursday, August 12: KEHLI
At just 21-years-old, KEHLI has built up a reputation as one of the country’s most promising pop talents – combining a bold, soulful energy with an irresistible, radio-ready sound. As well as scoring coveted positions on several major Spotify playlists, the Dublin artist has been tipped for stardom by outlets and stations on these shores and beyond. In June, KEHLI released her acclaimed latest single ‘Summer Lovin’ – which featured on electronic duo 49th & Main’s Good Luck EP, and has already clocked up over 140,000 streams on Spotify alone. With more music in the pipeline, this is set to be another landmark year for this exciting young Irish talent.
Friday, August 13: FARAWAY MARTIN
Mayo singer-songwriter Faraway Martin has rapidly established himself as one of the most exciting emerging talents in Irish music – with international radioplay in the US, the UK and across the Middle East. As well as an appearance at Electric Picnic, he’s opened for Aslan, Mick Flannery, Mundy and Hermitage Green in Ireland, and has clocked up support slots for Boyce Avenue and Bazzi in Qatar. Following the release of ‘The Lights Turn On’ last year, he returned this summer with his lauded latest single, ‘Let You Down’ – which reached No.6 on the Top 40 Radioplay Charts in Qatar in July.
Saturday, August 14: GOLDIE BRON$ON
Having initially built up a reputation as Sean Sutton, the Cork-based singer-songwriter continues to expand his musical horizons as Goldie Bron$on. As well as genre-blending collaborations with several producers, he’s also been gaining traction through both his busking and his online platform, where he shares stunning acoustic covers – and has already been earning comparisons to the likes of Dermot Kennedy. Under his new moniker, Goldie Bron$on has already shared two powerful singles this year – ‘Far Apart’ with German DJ Kenaj, and ‘Dial’ with hotly tipped Dublin producer Uwmami.
Sunday, August 15: REEVAH
Derry-based indie-folk artist Reevah released her acclaimed debut EP Hummingbird in 2018 – and she’s been steadily rising through the Irish music ranks ever since. She was tipped as one of the Hot Press ‘Hot For 2020’ Irish Acts, and scored high profile support slots with the likes of SOAK, Wyvern Lingo and Lisa Hannigan – and her latest EP, A Different Light, earned Reevah plenty of praise. This year she’s released two acclaimed singles – ‘daydreamer’ and ‘wildflower’ – and announced her prestigious Artist In Residence position for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, where she’ll be supporting several artists across the festival, as well as playing her own headline gig.
Monday, August 16: ALICIA RAYE
Originally hailing from Cameroon and now based in Drogheda, Alicia Raye is ready to transform Irish music with her powerful hybrid of trap-soul and jazz-influenced vocals. Since first arriving onto the scene in 2017, she's garnered an ever-growing fanbase with a string of lauded singles. The singer-songwriter cemented her status as a star-in-the-making with the release of her debut project, Alphabet, last year, executive-produced by Prod. Solo. Earlier this year, she returned with 'Nobody 2.0' – a star-studded collaboration with Smilez, Larry Alabi, Reggie and A92's Dbo, which has already clocked up over 156,000 views on YouTube.
Tuesday, August 17: WALLFELLA
With his smooth, old school-inspired flow, Wallfella is emerging as one of the most captivating voices in Irish hip-hop. Combining chilled-out vibes with thoughtful, socially conscious commentary, the Dublin rapper has been releasing music since 2016 – and draws influence from the likes of Lethal Dialect, Kendrick Lamar and Dave. He released his widely praised third project, Way Too Cosy, last month. The EP, which follows his brilliant collaboration with Odd Numbers on ‘Blue’, was recorded in a garden shed over lockdown – a testament to Wallfella’s fiercely DIY ethos.
Wednesday, August 18: KY
Originally hailing from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and raised in Ireland, KY is fast becoming one of the country's most hotly tipped talents. The video for his breakout single, 'Foreign' – which fused French and English lyrics over an irresistible drill-influenced beat – has already clocked up over 36,000 views. After taking a few months to perfect his craft, the rapper, singer and songwriter returned this year with 'iSPY', which once again finds him bringing his own unique flavour to the Irish scene. Stay tuned for a brand new track from KY – expected very soon...
Thursday, August 19: ALI COMERFORD
After touring the world performing viola in classical ensembles for 14 years, Ali Comerford returned to her native Kilkenny during lockdown last year, to record her acclaimed debut album, Knots – featuring folk-based, classical-influenced original songs, entirely written, sung, played and produced by herself. Ali's journey in music has taken her to New York’s Carnegie Hall, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Dublin’s National Concert Hall – but after spending the last decade of her life playing other people's music, the time has come for her to step into the spotlight as a solo artist. Hot Press described Knots as "a beautifully orchestrated debut."
The Hot Press' The Y&E Series, supported by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, kicks off tomorrow, August 12. Watch the performances every night live on the Hot Press Instagram (@hotpressmagazine) at 7.30pm.
And keep an eye on hotpress.com for more information...