Jim Carroll

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Introducing OTR’s Class of 2013

Every year as the Christmas hustle begins, music coverage finds itself heading in two distinctly different directions. There’s the lookback at the year that was, with endless lists of albums, gigs and tracks (and yes, The Ticket will be partaking …

Fri, Nov 23, 2012, 09:30

   

Every year as the Christmas hustle begins, music coverage finds itself heading in two distinctly different directions.

There’s the lookback at the year that was, with endless lists of albums, gigs and tracks (and yes, The Ticket will be partaking in this exercise). Then, there’s the look ahead at the year to come with an effort to highlight and predict the acts who’ll make a splash in the next twelve months or so (also guilty as charged).

In many ways, the latter activity has been accelerated by the annual BBC Sound Of poll across the water. Sadly, this particular poll has become hopelessly compromised in recent years by record labels successfully lobbying judges for votes for their priority acts.

As a result, the selections tend to be stale and predictable with too many dull indie bands making the cut. It would be great, for example, to see more pop, underground and hip-hop in the final shake-up, but that’s unlikely to happen.

However, the poll does give a timely emphasis to new music and acts as the old year gives way to the new. It’s a chance for all involved to champion the new acts they dig and boost their profile.

With this in mind, On the Record has decided to select a couple of new acts we think people are going to dig in 2013 and put them together on the same bill.

On The Record Presents 2013 will feature Forrests, Katharine Philippa, Wife and Rosie Carney playing at Dublin’s Twisted Pepper on December 22. Tickets for the event are now on sale. More acts may be added so stay tuned.

The class of 2013 (clockwise from top left): Forrests, Katharine Philippa, Rosie Carney and Wife