Words: Dylan Murphy
Photography: George Voronov
All is not lost in 2020. Tuck into Ireland Music Week to get the essential info for navigating the industry in 2020 and to see performances from the best acts in the country.
In a difficult year for the music industry, we’ve seen festivals and gigs across the country fall victim to the effects of the global pandemic. However, in the midst of uncertain times, Ireland Music Week has adjusted and moved proceedings online. Having become an essential event for musicians and industry heads alike, the annual showcase has provided a viable alternative in 2020 demonstrating its commitment to supporting artists from across Ireland.
From Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 October some of the most exciting acts from all corners of Ireland are taking to the stage as part of the essential showcase. Coupled with a wide ranging selection of workshops and conferences, it promises to be one of the year’s most informative events for eager music fans.
With 50 acts playing across three days, there is no shortage of talent. Despite 2020 putting artists up against it, they’ve come out fighting with some of the most exciting music in recent years. With that in mind, we’ve chosen our must-see acts at Ireland Music Week.
Formerly one third of Choice Prize winning outfit Rusangano Family, MuRli has cemented his place as one of the country’s best rappers and producers.
More recently he released ‘The Intangibles’ mixtape at the tail end of 2019 with a host of inspired singles to follow. This includes ‘Out The Gaff’ which saw the experienced artist link up with a huge line-up including James Vincent McMorrow, Sorcha Richardson, God Knows, Denise Chaila and more.
Catch him on Lost Lane’s Circle Stage at 20:05.
PX Music’s Hazey Haze has been ridiculously productive in 2020. He kicked off the year with one of the first great albums to come out of Ireland this decade – ‘Is Mise’. Swiftly followed up by the collaborative project ‘Pignorant’ with producer 40hurtz, the Limerick spitter is marching through the worst year in recent memory with a motto of time waits for no one.
He’ll be bringing his manic bars and theatrical showmanship to the CIrcle Stage at 20:35 tonight.
Following the release of her stunning debut album ‘Land Of No Junction’ Aoife Nessa Frances is taking her serene songwriting to the Singer’s Stage at Ireland Music week.
Aoife’s inaugural music statement, featured measured vocals and often hypnotic production. Perfect for any delicate nervous systems.
You can check out the full schedule for Ireland Music Week here.
To buy tickets to view Ireland Music Week click here.