Sites and Magazines

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Nialler9 is probably the most well-known Irish music blog on the internet right now and his blogging and opinions have had dramatic effects on people listening to new bands, especially Irish one’s. If you’re not tracking this site already. Get on it. 4 Times winner of Best Music blog @ The Irish Blog Awards

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Thumped is very much the underground champion of Irish music, promoting bands that you havent heard yet, but should,  or bands you have heard of, but they’ve been promoting them for years. Ultimately a very tight nit forum community of users but don’t let that deter you from learning of some great band right now.

Established in 2005. A UK/Irish based music website reviewing the great, the good and the interesting from both sides of the Irish Sea and beyond
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Second Square To None
SSTN are a Music Label / Blog / Gig Organiser based out of Dublin. They promote Ambient / electronic / drone / experimental / downbeat audio-visual types of Music by Irish artists.

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State Magazine
Launched in December of 2007, State has evolved over the years into a strong contender for Hotpress, particularly with states main focus being music, with minor time given to games, movies and books. If you’re looking for something similar to GP you probably won’t go far wrong.

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Cluas is one of the longest running irish music websites out there, starting in 1999 it continually set the trend for the irish music scene online with regular gigs, content authored by its visitors and even broadcasting some gigs via the web, a true stalwart of the irish music scene and most definitely worth your time

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Sweet Oblivion Loves
Sweet Olivion is run by the lovely Aoife, She is a full-time journalist writing a column in the “Weekend” section of the Irish Independent and also does a show called “Sweet Oblivion” (go figure :) ) on 2XM every Thursday @ 5pm.   Her blog covers interviews,reviews,previews by herself and tidbits of news.

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Music Review Unsigned
MRU is run by the selfless Trevor Halpin who run’s his music review site under a couple of simple mantra’s, The site is non-profit, if you are signed, about to be signed or are an international act this is the wrong place for you. He does not want the site to become a promotional tool for the already wealthy. The site covers content that is Irish and Unsigned, if this is you. Contact them, your guaranteed to be reviewed. / /

On The Record
This great blog is part of the Irish Times and is run by the well known music Journalist Jim Carroll. It is the place to find strong industry rumours, find Jim’s excellent opinion on lots of topics and take part in topical debates about items of  interest. If nothing else it’s good to see a blog where lively debate on musical topics takes place with such strong passion and interest.


Hotpress is now over 30 years running, Ireland’s most established and widely accepted as Ireland’s largest music magazine. It has since diversified into sport, sex, travel and politics but music remains at its heart.


First Music Contact – FMC Ireland
First Music Contact is the only independent information and advice organisation for grass-roots and emerging artists and the independent music sector in Ireland, FMC is credited with raising the profile of the popular (rock, alternative, electronic and singer songwriters) music sector and the industry at local, national and international level and have recently launched an online music room for showcasing Irish acts called Breaking Tunes ( FMC also co-runs the Hard Working Class Heroes Festival ( Ireland’s only festival for unsigned acts

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IMRO is a national organisation that administers the performing right in copyright music in Ireland on behalf of its members – songwriters, composers and music publishers – and on behalf of the members of the international overseas societies that are affiliated to it. IMRO’s function is to collect and distribute royalties arising from the public performance of copyright works. IMRO is a not-for-profit organisation.


Clubbers Guide Ireland
Clubbers Guide Ireland is a brand new site on the irish music scene, but is taking an alternative route to most of the other sites listed here, with that the focus is on Dj’s and Clubs as opposed Bands and Live Music. If you’re looking for help finding a good night out, this could be the one stop shop for such a thing. Check it out with reviews and interviews with some of the top DJ’s visiting these shores.


BandPages Ireland
A website designed to promote ‘live’ music and get you gigs nationally. A profile on the website includes your photo, biog, 3 x original tracks, social media connections to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and an optional link to your iTunes account where users can buy your latest tracks. Visitors can also contact you directly via e-mail for bookings and profiles for original Artists / Bands are currently free!

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Irish music blog picking out some of the best international and Irish music since 2005. Get this site bookmarked.


Sean Earley
Not strictly entirely music but provides a cross section of music with a look at competitions to win tickets across different sites and launches and interviews he’s been involved in. Worth a peek.

Blogs and good music sites

The Music And The Mic

Those Geese Were Stupefied

The Music Intro


The Torture Garden

Keelan Foley

Kilkenny Music

My Left Ventricle

The Music Window


Young DJ Academy

Barry Gruff

The Point of Everything


Irish Goodbyes

Irish Beats

Le Cool Dublin

Analogue Magazine

Skinny Wolves

The Music Outlet

Panic Dots

Enough Talk, More Writing


Musical Rooms

Town Full of Losers

I’m Scared of Vinyl


Hardcore for Nerds



These Auld Tapes From The Attic

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