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JUNE 21–23 2019 • BALLINLOUGH CASTLE • CO. WESTMEATH

Just Announced - RTÉ 2FM Rising Programme

Masks, spirits, sparks rising into the night.

Friends gathering for another amazing, eclectic celebration.

An experience like no other. This is our tenth solstice.

This is Body&Soul 2019

Modeselektor Live

Modeselektor Live

Modeselektor's trademark adventures of sound, bass and beats continue to be one of the most sought-after international acts. After several years of global acclaim touring with their collaborative side-project, Moderat, the original Modeselektor mark is once again front and centre with an aptly-named new record, the first since 2011, ‘Who Else’. Their live show will open your heart and change your world.


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The Blaze

The Blaze

As always, everything French duo The Blaze create is open to total interpretation. The ambiguity of their music and film alike is arguably what makes the band so alluring, constantly launching the viewer high onto a bed of complex human emotions. Consisting of cousins Guillaume and Jonathan Alric, both music producers and film directors, The Blaze followed their debut Territory EP (2017) with Heaven (2018) and their incredible video for their brand new single QUEENS in Sept 2018.

Live, The Blaze are simply put, outstanding. Having already played some of the world’s biggest festivals in 2018 - including Coachella, Primavera Sound, Parklife and many more… and Pitchfork Paris in 2017. The Blaze have also performed their first hard tickets tour North America (including sold out shows in New York – Knockdown Center and Montreal – MTELUS) fall 2018.


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Santigold

Santigold

Santigold is a genre-defying musician, style renegade, and visionary artist across multiple platforms celebrated for her fearless ability to fuse unexpected elements into bold new work. An artist whose perseverance relies on invention, her singular aesthetic has made her a major muse watched by the inspired world.


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Kruder & Dorfmeister

Kruder & Dorfmeister

Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister, the Producer Godfathers from Vienna / Austria, are universally known for their stunning productions and groundbreaking remixes. The genre defining DJ Kicks album and their masterpiece The K&D Sessions sold each far over one million copies worldwide and became a cult collection. Their left field mixes and luscious grooves and are now rightly considered as genre classics.

25 years after their first release G-Stoned, the classic first EP that became a legendary vinyl milestone, K&D celebrated their anniversary with a very special 3-hour audiovisual set. K&D perform back to back, just as it happened in the early days.

Their tonal language, musical approach and style represents their unique mastery - with a new generation of beat makers referencing their timeless, open minded and forever-looking-forward approach, that digs a deep hole in your soul. Visuals are produced and performed by “lichterloh tv” - the sophisticated visual production team of the famous Austrian act HVOB.


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Princess Nokia

Princess Nokia

The shape-shifting emcee has been releasing music via YouTube and Soundcloud since she was in high school and catapulted herself to the next level with 1992 Deluxe—selling out venues across the globe and steadily gaining tens of millions of streams. A Girl Cried Red showcases another fully formed side of Destiny that still taps into the uncompromising feminist ideology of Princess Nokia, and will undoubtedly cement her place in the alternative underground as well as the hip-hop world.

The mixtape draws on influences as varied as the introverted acoustic sounds of Elliott Smith to the bombastic pop-punk energy of Paramore.


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Kate Tempest

Kate Tempest

A searing talent that cuts across genres with her unique voice, Kate Tempest defies categorisation; playwright, musician, poet, novelist and spoken word artist. She was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize for both her albums, for Best Female at the BRITS 2018,received the Ted Hughes Award, a Herald Angel Award for Brand New Ancients and nominated for the 2016 Costa Book Award for Poetry.

Influences range from Wu-Tang Clan, to modernist poetry, to Tracey Emin. Neil McCormick has described her as ‘Britain’s most acclaimed young performance poet, Tempest can dazzle with scansion and flow, cadence and rhymes, but crucially employs her verbal skills in the service of big ideas – about poverty, identity, consumerism – and strong emotions.’


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Mano Le Tough

Mano Le Tough

The last few years have seen him make the proverbial “leap” and become a staple of the international DJ circuit. At this point, he’s just as comfortable banging it out at Berghain as he is playing uplifting jams at Panorama Bar, and that flexibility has noticeably intensified the demand for his DJ services. After cracking the top 20 of Resident Advisor’s annual DJ poll in 2013, he reached number 8 last year, and the Irish DJ shows no signs of slowing down in the years ahead.


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Talos

Talos

Hailed by the Irish Times as “a spectacularly assured debut,” Talos' debut album was met with raves on both sides of the pond upon its release in 2017, with The Independent calling it “stunning” and the New York Times’ T Magazine praising the songs’ “taut, chilling complexity.” The record garnered love from BBC Radio 1, racked up more than 25 million streams on Spotify, made the shortlist for the prestigious RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year.

For his next album - Far Out Dust , Talos knew he couldn’t rest on his laurels, and pushed himself to write some of his most expansive, exciting music to date. French and his longtime production partner Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bell X1) shouldered much of the instrumental load on the album, in addition to working with producers like Doug Schadt (Maggie Rogers, Wet), Valgeir Sigurðsson (Sigur Ros, Feist) and Damian Taylor (Bjork, Arcade Fire), who also contributed a number of mixes.


Dream Wife

Dream Wife

One of the most exhilarating live rock bands to emerge within the last few years, Dream Wife is more than just a band, Dream Wife is a way of life. You’ll struggle to find a tighter knit trio than Rakel Mjöll (vocals), Alice Go (guitar) and Bella Podpadec (bass). This band aren’t just about bashing out insanely good guitar bangers while worshipping at the twin altars of David Bowie and Madonna, they’re about creating a wonderful world to dive into headfirst - and everyone is invited along for the ride.

The band chose the name Dream Wife, not from the 1953 Hollywood rom-com, but for its wordplay - “It’s a commentary on the objectification of women; the 1950s American Dream stereotype package. Having the dream house, the dream car and the dream wife, we want to flip the script on that. Women aren’t objects; we don’t just fit into one mold.”

Get ready to fall under Dream Wife’s spell as they unleash their revved up riotous tracks into the solstice night at Body&Soul.


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Soak

Soak

“I was so sure of myself when I was sixteen, so sure of what I was about, and I didn’t give a fuck. But when I finished touring I realised that I absolutely didn’t. I had no idea. When you’re on tour you get into a cycle of something, and in a way you’re growing but really you’re not because everything stays the same, everything stays constant. And then when I was finished I was like, I have no idea what anything is. So, I had a freak-out-moment, and I spent a year in that freak-out-moment, not knowing what was what anymore. It was scary.”

But how can anybody truly know themselves at just sixteen? The term ‘to come of age’ comes with so much baggage, so much expectation, with SOAK’s second album Grim Town, Bridie dissolves all assuredness, and we follow her on this empowering but often painful journey, clinging closely to the handrail.


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Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo

Wyvern Lingo have been writing music together since they met at age 11, and their longstanding friendship is clear in their charm and synchronicity on stage. They originally bonded over hand-me-down albums of Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel along with the R’n’B of the 90s/00s that then dominated the radio. Their sound has matured and developed since their debut a few years ago, with an evolving maturity and razor precision audible in their stitching together of a tapestry of influences, all united by their chilling vocal harmonies.


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Baikal

Baikal

The name Baikal comes from the words ‘Bai Kyul’, which translates as ‘rich lake’. Lake Baikal is the most voluminous freshwater lake in the world, containing roughly 20% of the world’s unfrozen surface fresh water, and at 1,642m, the deepest. It is also among the clearest of all lakes, and thought to be the world’s oldest at 25 million years.

Baikal resides in Berlin and makes multi-layered electronic music for the heart, mind and feet. Preferably all at the same time and on his imprint Maeve, a joint venture with Mano Le Tough and The Drifter.

Baikal’s existence lies in the idea that the music itself, the abstract experience and the emotions it provokes should tell enough of a story to entertain you as the listener, and that the persona behind the artist is of lesser importance.

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Kiddy Smile (Live)

Kiddy Smile (Live)

Kiddy Smile was raised in a housing project in Rambouillet (Yvelines) to the southwest of Paris. His teenage years were rather rowdy, but he soon acquired a taste for dancing.

Before beginning his musical career, Kiddy Smile was a fashion stylist (a love passed on to him by his mother). Among his influences, he cites African-American genres such as gospel and hip-hop, 90s Chicago and Detroit music, the voguing movement and the New York house ballroom scene.

Through his events, dancers, music and videos, Kiddy embodies that culture where his skin color, love of fashion and homosexuality are fully embraced. His talent and extravagant nature brought him into the public eye and he became known as the ‘French Prince

of Voguing’. In 2016, he dropped two tracks, Teardrops In The Box and Let A B!tch Know, on english house label Defected & released his first album, One Trick Pony, in August 2018.


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The Drifter

The Drifter

Mark Flynn AKA The Drifter hails from the picturesque seaside town of Greystones in County Wicklow, Ireland. An extraordinary number of electronic musicians have come from what is a relatively small geographical area with Mark being one of those shining lights.

Mark is a founding member of the Maeve label along with close friends Mano Le Tough and Baikal – the imprint, born in Berlin in 2012, has steered a slow and steady course through the years, releasing highly thought out and interesting electronic music. The alchemy of three label heads is in itself what makes the label so special and sees it continue to garner support across the board. So looking to the future, its clear that Mark doesn’t intend on slowing down anytime soon. Original work will see the light of day in 2019 while continuing to tour both solo and with his label mates, bringing Maeve Showcases to all parts of the globe. Marks passion and enthusiasm for what he does is clear, this coupled with his infectious positivity, leaves you wondering what heights the Drifter could reach.

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Oshun

Oshun

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. With sublime tracks that vary delightfully in tone and texture, these goddesses offers mantras for self-proclaimed bad bitches, tells stories of connections to the spiritual, and recount testaments of growing up and gloing up. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all while taking a deeper look into their ever-evolving selves. We can’t wait to welcome them to Body&Soul here to hydrate our souls and empower us on our trip upward!


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Coely

Coely

Hip hop seldom comes as sunny and funky as Coely’s. Born and raised in Antwerp with a proud Congolese heritage, she simply can’t be pigeonholed into one particular box. Irresistible soul, R&B with steamy raps full of hooks, sick beats, a ton of street cred and the attitude to combine all the above still fails to give you a complete image of this extremely talented singer. But her tracks speak for themselves: catchy singles such as “Ain’t Chasing Pavements”, “My Tomorrow” and the new “Don’t Care” landed her support slots for artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West and De La Soul. And not without reason: when Coely plays live, you’ve got no choice but to dance.


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Laoise

Laoise

What draws us to LAOISE is her innate ability to experiment with her music and the characters, concepts and emotions she’s evokes and portrays in each track. Her brand of glittering yet gritty electro-pop incorporating elements of synth, indie and alternative pop is commanding, gutsy and beguiling. Taking her cues from the silky production of acts like Tove Styrke, Troye Sivan and MO, LAOISE draws on myriad influences but records, produces and releases her music completely independently. Selected as a RTÉ 2FM Radio ‘Rising Artist of 2018’, she’s been praised by musos across Ireland for her charisma and talent, certain to ripple through the crowds at Ballinlough.


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Tulla Ceílí Band

Tulla Ceílí Band

Tulla Céilí Band was formed in 1946 (yes, 73 years ago!), when even the idea of a festival like Body & Soul would have been enough to get you excommunicated. When they started, no-one would have guessed that their unique sound would find a home in the hearts of many from Camden Town to Carnegie Hall, along with practically every dance hall and village throughout Ireland. Driven by youth, passion, enthusiasm, curiosity and, of course, a love of traditional music, their unplanned and turbulent journey has spanned seven incredible decades. Among the 50 or more members who have passed through it have been musicians like Michael Coleman, Hugh Gillespie, Joe Cooley, Willie Clancy, Paddy O'Brien, and Tony Mc Mahon. Legends in their own right, we can’t wait for them to evoke times of a bygone era at Body & Soul.


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whenyoung

whenyoung

Few bands can boast the kind of striking musical identity as whenyoung. The trio, singer/bassist Aoife Power, guitarist Niall Burns, and drummer Andrew Flood, make some of alternative music’s most compelling new sounds; a soaring, stunning, but still singalong take on musical anthemia, that fuses the storyteller’s nature of their home country of Ireland with the effortless cool of the London scene they now call home. After bonding over cheap vodka and the sound of The Velvet Underground in their hometown Limerick, they began playing music together and moved to Dublin and later London, where they became whenyoung. 2018 was a landmark year for the young band, performing alongside Nick Cave and Sinead O'Connor at Shane McGowan’s birthday party, and playing support slots for Dream Wife, Declan McKenna and The Vaccines. On stage, whenyoung are stunning wall of noise, where Aoife’s dreamy, heart-in-the-mouth vocals fizzle over driving basslines and infectious guitar riffs.


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The Murder Capital

The Murder Capital

Hotly tipped since their debut, Dublin five-piece The Murder Capital have already been featured as One to Watch in The Guardian’s eponymous 2019 list and included in NME’s 100 Essential New Artists for 2019. Hailing from all corners of Ireland, The Murder Capital are a post-punk band driven by the desire to affect cultural change and are at the vanguard of a neo-punk uprising in Ireland alongside Fontaines DC, Slaves and Shame. 2018 was a breakthrough year for the band, with their explosive live shows unleashing gritty, jagged and rage-filled performances on stages which could barely contain their uncompromising intensity.

“Commitment oozing from every pore, riff, piece of pinpoint guitar work, drum roll and voice” The Irish Times


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Meltybrains?

Meltybrains?

While it is difficult to define the sound of the five piece under one specific genre, it’s of interest to note that all members are classically trained. Since 2012, Meltybrains? have been creating incredibly imaginative electronic soundscapes, as well as performing highly theatrical live shows with an infectious and incendiary energy. They have a fearless approach to their creative process, which leads to the creation of tracks that captivate the listener as there are endless possibilities to where a track will begin and end. Pure imagination is incredibly refreshing in a world of music that is bound by strict structure and harmony, and the music of these five talented musicians is certain to have a very different but powerful, moving effect on any scene it would accompany.


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Thumper

Thumper

One of the biggest buzzes at Hard Working Class Heroes 2018 was Thumper, a noise-pop quintet from Dublin who delivered bubblegum pop through a wall of sonic death. With a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows, and penchant for howling feedback and pounding rhythm, each Thumper gig is an exercise in unpredictability. Not for the faint hearted!


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Niamh Regan

Niamh Regan

Niamh Regan’s beautifully written, gently lilting art folk has seen her star rise steadily in the last couple of years. The Galwegian guitarist and singer-songwriter is influenced heavily by traditional Irish music and folk, with an emotive and poetic maturity running throughout her tracks to date. Her sets are intimate and energetic with a mix of original and traditional ballads, and her lilting melodies are sure to captivate audiences for a long time to come.


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The Clockworks

The Clockworks

Honest and authentic Indie-Punk telling stories of life as a young adult in 2019.

The Clockworks take the energy, ferocity and driving rhythms of early Punk and furnish this with angular guitar hooks. This forms the foundation for hip-hop inspired, machine gun vocals that spit out wry social commentaries which lie somewhere between Slaves, The Streets and The Smiths.

"This Galway band has been on the lips of everyone that matters this year. From seeing them tonight it is easy to see why. They are something the Irish music scene has been overdue for some time" - U&I

"The Clockworks illicit fond memories of blissful angst and attitude sorely missed in the industry today. They represent the very fabric of musical tenacity amid hordes of risk-less acts."- Pure M

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Pillow Queens

Pillow Queens

Having first come together in Autumn of 2016 on a basketball court in a Dublin city park, the four members of Pillow Queens, soon realised that making music together would be an equally productive group activity.

Cathy plays guitar and sings. Rachel plays drums and sings. Pam and Sarah swap guitar, bass and lead vocal duties.

While taking influence from artists from contemporary US DIY indie & punk scenes (such as Mitski, Waxahatchee, Hop Along, Cloud Nothings), Pillow Queens stay true to their Irish heritage, using Dublin colloquialisms in their lyrics and singing in thick Irish accents.


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Roe

Roe

ROE is a multi-instrumentalist from Derry (Ireland), Roisin Donald. Laying down her unique brand of self-styled "Grumpy Electro-Pop", she has been blazing a trail for young female indie artists across Ireland, UK, Europe and beyond.

Releasing independently through hometown label Fictive Kin Records, and with support from Help Musicians NI, ROE has already performed on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury, been the voice of a UK wide advertising campaign to promote her hometown of Derry, been chosen as support for Snow Patrols 2019 Arena Tour, winning the 'Oh Yeah Contender Award' for best emerging act at the 2018 Northern Ireland Music Prize and played shows across the globe, from Montreal and Mumbai.

After the success of her previous singles "Hey Thomas" and "Wasted.Patient.Thinking." Roe has had an incredible 2018 with 2019 looking even better…...watch this space!


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Tebi Rex

Tebi Rex

An alternative hip-hop duo whose style can fluctuate from catchy, upbeat pop to strikingly dark and complex lyricism, Tebi Rex are leading the charge to bring the homegrown urban scene to a wider audience.

Breakthrough track 'She Hated Love Songs II' ( a collaboration with fellow duo Elkin) acted as social critique of a system that perpetuates unrealistic standards about what love looks and acts like, an approach to sexual politics that was enhanced on their first release for 2018, 'Men Are Trash' - sending them into both the UK and Irish Viral Top 50 charts.

A succession of career high points since has included their debut EP arriving to huge acclaim, follow up 'Peggy's Bus' scoring a radio hit in Ireland, festival appearances at Longitude, Electric Picnic and Indiependence and collaborations with The Blizzards and Eve Belle. Their first album is due in 2019.


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True Tides

True Tides

Formed in 2017, True Tides is the intrepid pop project of Cian, Conor and Eoghan MacSweeney, three brothers from Cork, now living in Dublin. Through a reasonably simple set-up of drums, guitar, bass, electronics and vocals, they create bold and expressive guitar music that's at once shamelessly catchy and sneakily complex. Although the brothers have technically been making music together their whole lives , they played their first gig as True Tides in January 2018 at arts and mental health festival, First Fortnight, on a bill curated by ALL TVVINS.

'Higher'is the debut release from True Tides, on Faction Records, home of James Vincent McMorrow, All Tvvins, DAY_S, and Search Party Animal. Released 27th April 2018 on Faction Records, the track was produced by Phil Magee (Kodaline, The Script, & Miles Kane) and mixed by Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Bellx1, & Talos)


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Flynn

Flynn

Flynn, real name Darren Flynn, was raised in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath but has spent the last number of years plying his trade in the U.K.

His British journey began in Bristol, where Flynn fell in love with 90's hip-hop and R'n'B. He gigged and busked every day for a full three years, sometimes even playing four open mic nights a week, all in order to develop his craft. As his reputation as a talented singer, wordsmith and musician began to turn heads, he moved to London in an attempt to take his music career to the next level and to develop himself not only as an artist but as a writer.The track was first written in a year ago but never quite got the attention it deserved.

Upon joining Diffusion Lab, the team set about writing a second verse, a bridge and adding the depth of instrumentation you hear on the track today.

'Red Light' is a representation of everything Flynn has come to represent. With a combination of his acoustic beginnings and the introduction of smooth, dance-inducing synth, the song stands out thanks to the sing-aloud chorus, made all the better thanks to the strong falsetto vocals provided by Flynn himself. The stylish choral-layering of Flynn's voice lifts the bridge and adds to the track as it reaches its triumphant finish. Flynn's voice throughout is exceptional, especially considering he has never taken vocal lessons. The control which Flynn has when it comes to the higher register of his all-encompassing vocal range is staggering, and the power behind his voice in the songs more subdued moments highlights an artist well capable of altering styles instantaneously.

"When I wrote Red Light I was basically writing a note to myself. The song is about finding the courage to dive into life head on without any hesitations or second thoughts. I remind myself that overthinking will only hold me back and that taking risks is the only way to progress and succeed." Flynn explains.


JyellowL

JyellowL

Born of Jamaican and Nigerian parents and raised in Ireland, JyellowL has drawn on all three aspects of his background to create a sound and vision that sets him apart on the domestic scene. Currently studying politics at UCD, his subject matter explores the social and global problems that intrigue and disturb him - from topics such as racism ('Cold In The Summer') to the lessons taught him by his Jamaican grandmother on how to be himself in a world that wants to force you down one particular path. Following the release of his summer single 'Medusa' (a stinging attack at false rappers and the fake nature of the music industry) and a string of festival dates that included a memorable Longitude appearance, he returned to the fray 'Oh Lawd' - featuring a guest turn from UK star Aaron U.N.K.N.OW.N. - and the Me n Me 2 EP, with a central theme that our attention is shifted from the things that really matter when we get carried away with our daily trials and tribulations - events actually aren't that crucial for our underlying happiness. You can't keep what can't be held on to.


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Rushes

Rushes

Sean Walsh aka Rushes is an Irish singer, songwriter and producer that blends transatlantic styles with soulful vocals and cutting-edge electronic sounds. When you first listen to his sizzling beats you'll be surprised to hear the voice behind the silky vocals hails from Skibbereen, a small town in West Cork.

His tantalizing debut track 'Wild High', a R&B electronic track with a pop edge was influenced by Walsh's love of Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Frank Ocean and Marvin Gaye. Joe.ie selected 'Wild High' as their Song of the Week and The Irish Times went on to name Rushes as their Artist of the Week alongside his Irish contemporaries Saint Sister and Rusangano Family.

Rewind to 2014, a brief stint studying music production and a support slot for James Arthur at the Cork Opera House, spurred Walsh on to develop his craft. In the same year he connected with Irish production house, Diffusion Lab who also represent Soulé, Jafaris and Flynn on their roster. Working with the music collective has opened up the eyes of the self-taught producer to what's possible as he continues to evolve his sound.

'Liquor' is Rushes' latest single and follows the success of 'Wave', which was well received across Irish radio stations and included in Spotify's New Music Friday playlist and Apple Music Pop playlist, slotting in amongst the mainstream heavyweights.

An alluring blend of electro-RnB, 'Liquor' is infused with dreamy vocals and perfectly polished production. The mellow track blends euphoric melodies and inventive beats with an underlying dark undertone. The result is the epitome of sexy and cool; a finished canvas reflecting Rushes' self-confessed perfectionism and confirming his idiosyncratic talent.

Behind the scenes, the hardworking emerging artist hasworked with the likes of Kodaline, Overhead The Albatross and All Tvvins. Rushes' talent of songwriting, producing and singing are paving the way for Walsh to take centre stage as a performer who will be hitting the festival scene next year. Along with anEP release scheduled for March 2019, it promises to masterfully fuse his influences of R&B, hip-hop, pop and electronic sounds.


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Fia Moon

Fia Moon

Fia Moon is an Irish singer/songwriter whose soulful, honest and heartfelt lyrics invoke names like Jhene Aiko, Banks and The Internet.


Growing up, Fia trained classically and began performing from the age of 5. She was influenced by her parents who were also Jazz and classical musicians and grew up listening to the likes of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra.

Whilst working part-time and completing her degree in Economics, Fia began gigging across Dublin, posting covers online and developing her own sound.

She issued her debut release 'The Fall' earlier this year, which describes her longing for a sense of home. With no label, manager, or PR, Fia earned herself support from major streaming platforms as well as regular plays on Irish national radio.

She then signed an independent record deal which saw her release 3 back to back tracks between August and late October to much critical acclaim. Her releases were premiered by the likes of CLASH magazine and EARMILK and she has been dubbed as one to watch by the Official UK Charts company.


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