Light, fantastic: Bicep’s  live show ffrom AVA 2016. Photograph:  Tremaine Gregg

As well as hosting the likes of Jeff Mills and Neil Barnes of Leftfield, this year’s AVA festival aims to showcase the strength (...)

All City Records in Temple Bar will be stocking vinyl special editions on Record Store Day, including the debut by New Jackson, David Kitt’s alter-ego

On Saturday, six Dublin record stores will set out to prove that the vinyl revival is still valid

Irish producer and DJ Dec Lennon on the stresses, strains and bullsh*t of trying to make it as an international DJ

Clockwise from top left: Abaddon Incarnate, Oiche Samhain, From The Bogs of Aughiska and Zhora

Conchúir O’Drona of the Roadburren Fleadh metal and experimental festival on the rise and rise of the Irish metal scene

Jim Lawless, Willie Ryan, Stephanie Rainey, Shane Dunne and Alexis Vokos. pictured at the launch of Music Cork, a new three-day international music industry event taking place in Cork on May 10th-12th

Shane Dunne of ambitious new industry showcase Music Cork explains how it all came together

Road warrior: Suzanne Doyle. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Music and creative consultant Suzanne Doyle talks U2, MTV, life on the road and bringing it all back home

Girls Rock Dublin: “The movement supports all the ways girls want to rock out, whatever that means to them,” says Rossella Bottone (centre) with Karen Hammond (left) and Zia Zeitgeist (right). Photograph: Kyrstin Healy

“Giving a girl an electric guitar and telling her to turn it up as loud she wants sends a message,” says founder Rossella Bottone (...)

“There was definitely an element of me just having loads of fun playing mad videos to my friends and strangers and weaving abstract narratives to music,” says Freeney

How Music Works: The A/V artist’s projection mapping, visuals and animation can be seen at such events as Metropolis, Body & Soul(...)

At Pukklepop with Kings of Leon in 2011

How Music Works: tour manager and production co-ordinator Ciara Davey talks to Niall Byrne about getting the stars on the road and(...)

Bob Gallagher: “When you follow your own instincts – no matter how weird or obtuse – then you attract the right people and the right jobs.” Photograph: Colum O’Dwyer

Music video director Bob Gallagher, who’s worked with the likes of Girl Band, SOAK, Saint Sister and Le Galaxie, unpacks his surr(...)

Mark Gordon of Output

Mark Gordon of Output conference and showcase on the economic an cultural benefit of fostering the creative industries

Becky Dillon, senior director of media and sponsorship with Live Nation

Becky Dillon, senior director of media and sponsorship with Live Nation, talks to Niall Byrne about working with brands and bands,(...)

Dermot Lambert: “If you really really want this, then do it properly.” Photograph: Niall Fennessy/

How Music Works: Niall Byrne talks to Dermot Lambert, formerly of Blink, about his work getting young bands off the ground with(...)

Helen Kennedy: “There are a lot of artists who love promo and a lot who don’t touch it”

In this week’s How Music Works, Dubliner Helen Kennedy traces her path from retail to marketing manager with Virgin EMI. “I want t(...)

The view from the decks in Dublin’s Hang Dai  restaurant

Audiophiles Will Dempsey and Karl Whelan on setting up the decks and getting the sounds right in their new Dublin restaurant (...)

Alternative & progressive hip hop group ApocalypsE perform outside  Smiley Dogg tattoo parlour in Cork city

Aisling O’Riordan and Caoilian Sherlock of Quarter Block Party reflect on the challenges of being an independent alternative pro(...)

Big questions: Daniel Ek, CEO of Spotify. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)

When such track collections as Christmas Party, or Songs For Sleeping appear in your app, Waterford man James Foley is probably r(...)

Shannon Bryan from Portarlington with the Coláiste Lurgan choir. The group’s as-gaeilge cover of Adele’s Hello has racked up more than a half a million Youtube views

Tomaí Ó Conghaile, who organises the Gradaim Cheoil NÓS, talks to Niall Byrne about bringing Irish-language musical talent to the (...)

Overhead, the Albatross  getting down with the punters on last year’s Other Voices Music Trail in Dingle. Photograph: Tara Thomas

‘It’s winter, it’s cosy, it’s dark and the fires are on. There’s magic in the air’ - Martin Byrne talks to Niall Byrne about pl(...)

Notes, tempo and rhythm: Killian Redmond and Shane McKenna of Dabbledoo Music

Shane McKenna of online music resource Dabbledoo tells Niall Byrne about his plan to transform the way kids are taught

Sabrina Sheehan of Mission PR: “You have to be super-organised, a master at multitasking, passionate about securing media coverage and driven.” Photograph: Leon Farrell, Photocall Ireland

Sabrina Sheehan of Mission PR talks to Niall Byrne about the challenges and rewards of music promotion in the 21st century

Johnny Moy and Billy Scurry  at Dublin’s Temple of Sound, where the original wall from 1994 with the line-up still intact remains. Photograph: David Cleary

Dublin DJ, producer, manager and promoter Johnny Moy talks to Niall Byrne about the early days, remixing U2, touring the world and(...)

Dusky shade: Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty from Saint Sister. Photograph: Aodhagán O'Flaherty

Plus new releases from from Tomorrows, Oddsocks, Ciaran Lavery and Johnny Fox

Cormac Begley: “I was looking around at all these leprechaun-type shows, and it’s so far removed from 99 per cent of what traditional musicians do and where their heart is”

Cormac Begley, founder of Tunes in the Church and Airt School, tells Niall Byrne about letting the character of the musician sh(...)

Ultra-bright: Emma Langford

Plus, new songs songs from Emma Langford, That Snaake, Marc O'Reilly, Enemies and Chris Power

 Close enough for jazz?  Rodrigo Y Gabriela are one of the acts playing this year’s Guinness Jazz Festival in Cork. Photograph:  Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images

Bernard Casey and Gemma Bell of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival explain the ethos behind the festival’s programming

Music Network chief executive Sharon Rollston: “There’s nothing nicer than being part of a packed house at a concert in some far-flung part of the country.” Photograph: Fran Marshall

Sharon Rollston of Music Network talks to Niall Byrne about tapping into the new DIY and entrepreneurial spirit in Irish music

Saramai Leech of Meath three-piece Saramai. Photograph: Tara Thomas /Other Voices

Plus, new releases from Gypsies On The Autobahn,, James Darkin, Beach and Brass Phantoms

Ruth Medjber: “A live shot should be about the whole experience, not just a perfectly composed picture of a dude and his guitar.”  Photograph: Jane McGarrigle

Expect “a lot of late nights for very little money while having the time of your life,” says music photographer Ruth Medjber

Alan Farrell and Ciara Thompson of Dublin duo Bad Sea

Plus new music from Two Door Cinema Club, Laura Ann Brady, Carron and Eoin Dolan

Martin Clancy: “I loved passing on what I knew and being honest about what I didn’t know.”

Martin Clancy, Ableton instructor, DJ, producer and former member of In Tua Nua, talks to Niall Byrne

Eleanor McGuinness: How can you sell a band if you don’t love the music?

Eleanor McGuinness, booking agent with Pitch & Smith, talks to Niall Byrne

Atmospheric folk: Maria Kelly. Photograph: Deborah Sheedy

Plus, new music from Arborist, Lowlight Gathering, The Klares, Swords and The Academic.

Paddy McPoland: “You’re the travel agent, you’re the venue booker, production manager, you’re the keeper of the information – and information is king”

As tour manager for the likes of Sinéad O’Connor, David Gray and The High Kings, Paddy McPoland knows what it takes to keep the (...)

Dave Judge: “People know where I’m coming from, there’s no agenda with me – I do it because I love it”

Dave Judge, owner of Abner Browns and the man behind Rathmines’ Canalaphonic, traces the line from cutting hair to running Dublin'(...)

Hiva Oa: Stephen Houlihan and Christine Tubridy

Plus new music from New Valley Wolves, Mick Flannery, Proper Micro NV and Hiva Oa

Plus new music from The Swedish Railway Orchestra, Son of The Hound, Eoin Glackin, Wallis Bird and Bobby Basil

Pearse Doherty: “You have all these people with huge expectations... Troubleshooting is a big part of the job.”

“It’s a pop-up town of 55,000 people for the weekend” - Electric Picnic site manager Pearse Doherty talks to Niall Byrne

Nialler9 rounds up the best new music from around the country this week, featureing Paddy Groenland, New Portals, James Vincent Mc(...)

James Vincent McMorrow. His new album We Move is out on September 2nd

In the How Music Works series, Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in music. This week, Ken Allen, label owner and manage(...)

Just like us: Derry pop/punk foursome Susie Blue

Plus, new music from John Gibbons, Caoilian Sherlock, Exiles and Mo Two

James Kelly: “Royalties are by far the most unpredictable of all income streams, and I have never relied on them for my livelihood”

James Kelly, aka electronic artist WIFE, talks to Niall Byrne about how he makes a living from music

Strong resolve: Wallis Bird

Plus new music from Le Boom, Divan, Twin Villains, James Vincent McMorrow and Everything Shook.

Cheylene Murphy of the The Carlow Young Creatives project, tells Niall Byrne about giving aspiring teens “that one moment” whe(...)

In How Music Works, Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in music. This week he meets Andrea Keogh; promoter, booker and p(...)

Jimmy Rainsford and Ryan Hennessy from Picture This

Plus, new music from Hvmmingbyrd, Fangclub, Abovedat, Swords and Hilary Woods

Jason of  Rootical Sound System: “It’s something a bit different to the normal nightclub experience.”

“Who feels it knows it” – Jason of Galway’s Rootical Sound System tells Niall Byrne about Ireland’s sound system culture

"Get the f*ck over yourself and move forward": Ódú, aka Sally Ó Dúnlaing. Photograph: Roscophotography

Plus new music from The Shaker Hymn, Alex Smyth, The Henry Girls, Ruth, This Side Up and Raglans

Knockanstockan, “a Blessington bacchanal of Irish music with 150 bands and 4,500 people in attendence”

After a decade supporting new Irish music, Bettine McMahon of Knockanstockan explains why the festival is taking a break

Rural Irish kitchen-sink, bottle-fed rock'n'roll: Oh Boland

Plus new music from James Vincent McMorrow, This Side Up, White Boys and Booka Brass Band

DJ Arveene: “People have to understand what we do as DJs and how we want to present it”

DJ Arveene describes the early days of his life in music to Nialler9, and hands out gems of advice, such as 'Be impeccable with yo(...)

Mystic psychedelic: Shaun Mulrooney and Gerald Pasqualin from TAO

Plus new music from Tau, Brigid Mae Power, Callum Stewart and Eoin Boyle

Reykjavík calling: Colm O’Herlihy

Colm O’Herlihy recounts his journey from backing up Morrissey and putting on back-garden festivals to running Icelandic record lab(...)

Orla Gartland,  features on a cross-Atlantic collaboration with New York synth-popsters Great Good Fine OK

Plus new music from Orla Gartland, DIVAN, New Valley Wolves and Funeral Suits

Gareth Stewart: “It was the first time we had this cross-community, cross-generational, anti-authority thing”

Gareth Stewart, co-founder of Celtronic and Music City Derry, explains the not-for-profit, music-first revolutionary ethos behind(...)

Setting industry tongues wagging: Dermot Kennedy

Plus new music from Cruising, Aphex Twin, Ensemble Éiru and The Divine Comedy

Rob Farhat: “In order to attract a younger, wider audience, you do need to bring the presentation into the 21st century”

Rob Farhat, director of Ensemble Music, on the company’s ambitions to challenge perceptions of what classical or contemporary musi(...)

Wise and expressive: Rosie Carney

Plus new music from Two Door Cinema Club, Kodu, I Am The Cosmos and Mano Le Tough

Body & Soul festival booker Jenny Wren: “We look for something different. The live performance has to have something more than just the songs. Our bookings have to come from our heart.” Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Jenny Wren, booker with this weekend’s Body & Soul, talks to Nialler9 about how she gets the musical balance just right

Elegant elegy: Lisa Hannigan. Photograph: Rich Gilligan

Plus new music from Richie Egan, Third Smoke, Romes, Grouse and Ships

Matters of the heart: Dublin band Elm

Plus new music from John Blek & The Rats, Carly Coonagh and Ocho

Bright outlook: Dublin band The Dying Seconds

Plus new music from Ciaran Lavery, Ensemble Eirú, The Blizzards, Lyra and Prymary Colours

Cian Boylan: “It can be very difficult to make a living in music, particularly if you’ve got a deep focus, or single vision in what you do”

Cian Boylan, jazz pianist, composer, arranger, producer, studio co-owner and lecturer, talks to Niall Byrne about taking the mult(...)

A night at Mother in Copper Alley

In How Music Works, Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in music. This week Cormac Cashman discusses his MO for promoting(...)

Plus new music from Cut Once, Dusty Residents, AikJ and The Wood Burning Savages

Honeyed pop: Northern Irish duo Ruth and Michael  Aicken of New Portals

Plus, new music from Travis Oaks, Windings, Rufus Coates & The Blackened Trees, Funeral Suits and R.S.A.G.

 Donal Lunny, one of the artists taking part in this year’s Youbloom  festival and conference for bands and musicians. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Niall Byrne talks Phil Harrington, CEO of Youbloom Music Summit and Festival, about how to make music your life’s work

Silence is golden: Ryan Vail

Plus new music from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Pine The Pilcrow and Romeo & Sisterix

Cote d’Ivoire singer Dobet Gnahore. Photograph: Paul Natkin/Getty Images

Bray jazz festival director George Jacob on the ups and downs of its 17-year run and what fans can expect from this year’s event (...)

Eithne Shortall: “Nobody is holding a gun to their head.”

Ceol Ar An Imeall’s Eithne Shortall has interviewed them all, and knows how to get the most out of reticent stars. For one, don(...)

Bitch Falcon: “We are completely at the mercy of the audience on this one, and it is both  terrifying and exciting at the same time.”

Sonic Whispers is a unique gig night where those on stage take audience feedback to create a one-off musical composition. “The a(...)

Some of the participants at last year’s Irish Youth Music Awards (IYMAs) at the Aviva Stadiun in Dublin. Photograph: Ruth Medjber

In How Music Works, Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week, Barry Lennon, director of the I(...)

Pleasure principle: Julie Chance and Jane Arnison from Irish/Australian Berlin-based duo Evvol

The best new Irish music of the week, also featuring releases from Dylan Tighe, Fox Jaw, BARQ, Ports and Overhead the Albatross

 AVA festival organiser Sarah McBriar: “Putting on a festival has to be a burning passion”

Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week, Sarah McBriar of Belfast’s AVA on how to build a fe(...)

Louise McSharry: “My official work life in 2FM is all music which I love. In a way, it’s a holiday to everything else.”

Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week: Louise McSharry, radio presenter with 2FM

Gary Sheehan, Head of Programme Planning at the National Concert Hall. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Niall Byrne talks to Gary Sheehan, head of programme planning at the National Concert Hall

Friday night lights: the BD festival

Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week, Brian McDermott and Jamie Deasy of BD Festival on t(...)

Roaring success: Galway band  We Banjo 3  - 2015 benefactors of Culture Ireland funding - during a recent tour of Japan. Photograph: We Banjo 3

As this year's submissions deadline looms, Christine Sisk, director of Culture Ireland, talks to Niall Byrne about the difficultie(...)

Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson of Belfast three-piece Beauty Sleep

featuring Rejjie Snow, Beauty Sleep, Jealous Of The Birds, Solar Bears and t-woc

Jeremy Howard: “I realised working in such a creative space and amazing facility during a major downturn in the economy meant that every new idea was welcomed.” Photograph:  Sarah Pannasch

Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week: Jeremy Howard of the Distorted Perspectives Festiv(...)

Sarah Casey: "It was a very music-heavy line-up – everyone from Coldplay, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Arctic Monkeys were there and you needed to know how to work with those people and put on a show."

Niall Byrne talks to people about their work in the music business. This week, Sarah Casey traces a line from Mayo to Old Traffor(...)

Conor Donovan: “The song really gets found out when it’s stripped back to a semi-acoustic version”

Niall Byrne talks to Irish people who make a living in the music industry. This week, Conor Donovan looks back at 16 years of Rub(...)

Rejjie Snow: Not Safe For Work, obviously

The best new things in Irish music, including The Altered Hours, The Natural History Museum, No Monster Club and I Am The Cosmos (...)

Glen Hansard performs at this weekend Other Voices music festival in Dingle.

Behind the scenes at one of the most prestigious music festivals of the year, series producer Tina O’Reilly reveals what it takes (...)


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Dara Kilkenny of the British and Irish Modern Music Institute in Dublin: “It’s important to be creative and an artist, but you also need to eat and have a roof over your head.” Photograph: Ruth Medjber

Niall Byrne talks to Irish people who make a living in the music industry. This week, Dara Kilkenny of the British and Irish Moder(...)

Sligo Live organiser Shane Mitchell with Elvis Costello

Niall Byrne talks to people who make a living in the Irish music industry. This week, Shane Mitchell of Sligo Live explains the (...)

Katie Laffan: Her self-released EP Dead As Disco is out now

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Kelly-Anne Byrne: “You have to have an identity, but there’s a responsibility to your audience. I owe it to them to show them a good time”

Niall Byrne talks to Irish people who make a living in the music industry. This week, Kelly-Anne Byrne, DJ and radio presenter

Heroes in waiting: Hare Squead, The Academy, Thursday

Ahead of this weekend's capital-wide festival, Nialler9 selects the musical highs, Jim Carroll selects the extra-musical...

Steve Lindsey, publisher with Elevate Music: “I saw so much musical talent here... I immediately got fantastic reactions and financial returns.”

Niall Byrne talks to people who make a living in the music industry. This week, Steve Lindsey of Elevate Music explains how most w(...)

Brian Adams, head of music at Today FM

In How Music Works, Niall Byrne talks to people who make a living in the Irish music industry. This week: Brian Adams, head of mus(...)

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Bryce Dessner performing with The National. (Photo by Rob Ball/Redferns via Getty Images)

Mary Hickson, director of this weekend’s Sounds From A Safe Harbour, explains the ethos of the festival and how the collaboration(...)

Music Generation Director Rosaleen Molloy:  “If music is your passion, the natural thing is to want to pass it on, and that’s what is at the heart of music education.”

Director Rosaleen Molloy explains how Music Generation is pointing young people in the right direction, as well as providing a (...)

Irish band Bleeding Heart Pigeons play Electric Picnic on the Body & Soul Main Stage, Friday at 11pm. Photograph: Matthew Thompson

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Triskel Artistic Director  Tony Sheehan: “Cork has remained very vigorous artistically despite the crash... we try to ensure that we occupy a meaningful part of the spectrum.” Photograph: Provision

In How Music Works, Niall Byrne talks to the Irish who make a living in the music industry. This week, Tony Sheehan, Artistic Dire(...)

Indie supergroup Cruising debut EP is the Irish release of the week. Photograph: Cáit Fahey

What you need to hear in Irish music right now, including Planet Parade, Somadrone, The Winter Passing, Enemies, Johnny Stewart an(...)

The largest touring party Suzie Shorten has looked after was the 50 people for three months on the Arcade Fire European tour. Photograph: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

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