Sony Pixel Power calrec Sony

RT 2FM RISING TEN ACTS FOR 2023 ANNOUNCED

17/01/2023

RT 2FM has revealed its prestigious 2FM Rising list for 2023, announced live on air with Tracy Clifford this afternoon. Chosen by a panel of experts, the eagerly anticipated list consists of ten music acts tipped for success who are guaranteed to have listeners enthralled with their work.

The ten artists are: 49th & Main, Aonair, April, Jen Payne, KhahiKid, Negro Impacto, Ryan Mack, Still Blue, Sweetlemondae, & Winnie Ama.

Alumni from RT 2FM Rising in recent years include world class artists like Fontaines DC, Denise Chaila. Dermot Kennedy, Jafairs, Lyra, Pillow Queens, Wild Youth, JC Stewart, The Murder Capital, For Those I Love, Monjola, Gemma Dunleavy, and Plantain Papi.

Rising Week will take place from January 16th 20th across RT 2FM, and will see the ten chosen acts which 2FM will champion during the year promoted extensively across the station. It will also broadcast exclusive new music and interviews with these up and coming artists.

Director of Music, RT 2FM Adam Fogarty said: 2FM is extremely excited to announce our Rising list for 2023. Rising is an important initiative for us at the station in our support of Irish music and artists. It is something we are incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about.

2FM already has a great track record with our Rising lists each year and we look to continue that this year. We believe our Rising list for 2023 is a great example of how strong and diverse the Irish music scene is right now and we feel our listeners will be as excited as we are about the quality of talent coming through and the incredible music they are making.We look forward to supporting our Rising acts and the many other great Irish acts across our platforms in 2023.

2FM Rising is in association with IMRO and each of this years ten acts will also receive a 1,000 bursary from IMRO. 2FM Rising, in association with IMRO, is an artist development initiative providing airplay, promotional and content opportunities for its chosen participants.

IMRO's Keith Johnson, Director of Marketing & Membership at IMRO, said: IMRO is delighted to continue its association with RT 2FM Rising. Irish songwriters continue to push creative boundaries at home and on the international stage and the RT 2FM Rising initiative will provide an invaluable showcase and support platform for all of the participating acts throughout 2023.

About the 2023 2FM Rising Artists

49th & Main

Hailing from Kilkenny, 49th & Main are an indie-pop duo consisting of producer Ben O'Sullivan and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Paddy King. The pair first met in school and began working on music together, with O'Sullivan dabbling with acoustics and how to record King's guitar. They both decided to join a group of friends moving to Canada for the summer in 2019, they decided to take with them some recording equipment on the off chance they'd get some time to experiment. Little did they know that by the time they returned home, they'd have the bones of their debut project.

Learning music from a young age, King began writing his own music at 15 and busking on his hometown's busy cobbled streets. In university he became interested in house-music, electronica and more alternative modes of creativity, and developed an urge to give different genres a go. O'Sullivan had taken to video editing, before slowly transitioning to music production when he was introduced by a friend to FL Studio. Self-taught, O'Sullivan was inspired by American artist/songwriter Jon Bellion's Making of' videos to try his hand at creating electronic pop beats. By the time college rolled around, O'Sullivan had been producing for almost a decade and was looking for fresh ways to be creative. When King approached him to move to Canada for a summer, it struck him as the perfect opportunity to try something new.

In Vancouver (just off 49th & Main Street), the two wrote and produced music, for the craic when all of sudden we had two songs we really liked and decided we wanted people to hear them . On the eve of a worldwide lockdown, 49th & Main introduced themselves to the world with the rap-infused Party Alone, in collaboration with former classmate TraviS. Soon followed by their debut project Neon Palm Trees which jumped between genres effortlessly as the pair blended dual influences without fear of insult. What followed, however, was beyond even the wildest of expectations. In April 2020, 49th & Main released Catching Eyes', a lo-fi banger which has gone on to generate over 13 million streams on Spotify and propel the duo to new heights. 49th & Main have released collaborations with artists such as Sarah Carton, Khakikid, Landis and Chameleon. They have attracted global attention across the industry, joining Red Light Management's exciting global roster. Excitingly, the band recently announced that they have signed a global record deal with independent label Counter Records.

Aonair

Aonair's sound combines lush electronic production with dreamy reverbs, huge drum sounds and soaring vocal melodies to create a dreamy but powerful sound. Influences include The War On Drugs, Tears for Fears, Julie Cruise and The Blue Nile.

During the COVID pandemic, Aonair began working on a collection of songs between studios in Dublin and his grandparent's house in the picturesque seaside Donegal village of Rathmullen. The results of this are big and bold, synth-drenched upbeat indie-pop tracks with an 80's edge. Off the back of a super busy summer appearing at Electric Picnic, Kaleidoscope, All Together Now, Stendhal and more, Aonair released the new EP Loveheart Birthmark in Oct 2022 to high acclaim.

Fantastic Gemma Bradley, BBC

An artist to keep an eye on Indie Buddie

Unabashedly bright synth-pop Nialler9

Obsessed since he released it BBC Across The Line

Simply bri
LINK: https://about.rte.ie/2023/01/17/rte-2fm-rising-ten-acts-for-2023-annou...
See more stories from rte

More from RTE

18/04/2024

RT Prime Time experiment reveals disturbing content recommended to 13 year old TikTok users in Ireland

In response to growing concerns raised regarding the adverse impact of TikTok co...

18/04/2024

Remembering Alf McCarthy and Larry Masterson

We were saddened to learn this morning of the passing of our friend and former colleague, Alf McCarthy who died yesterday. We remember Alf as a popular present...

15/04/2024

Finalists Confirmed for 2024 RT All Ireland Drama Festival, as RT Celebrates 20 years as title sponsor

Three plays never-before performed will feature in the finals of the 2024 RT Al...

10/04/2024

WINNER OF RT ONE'S HOME OF THE YEAR 2024 REVEALED

Marty Campbell and Shane Murray have lifted the coveted Home of the Year 2024 trophy for their renovated 1920's terrace home in Dublin. In tonight's fi...

08/04/2024

its4women.ie SPONSOR OLIVER CALLAN ON RT RADIO 1

RT Media Sales today announced its4women.ie as the new sponsor of Oliver Callan on RT Radio 1 from Monday 8th April 2024. Oliver Callan's brand-new morni...

04/04/2024

RT Supporting the Arts: What's On this April

Watch our promo: RT Supporting the Arts | What's on This April RT is delighted to support the Incognito Art Sale for the Jack and Jill Children's Fou...

03/04/2024

RT announce new Irish teen drama Louise Lives Large: Eight-part series filmed in Kildare

RT 's biggest ever drama commission for young people, Louise Lives Large, la...

22/03/2024

RT kicks off Guinness Women's Six Nations coverage with France v Ireland

Watch all the games live across RT and Virgin Media Television from Saturday 23rd March All Ireland games live on RT Radio The Guinness Women's Six Nat...

21/03/2024

Award-winning Dizzy Deliveries confirmed for a new series on RTjr this April

Exclusive episode released to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day Award-winning children's series Dizzy Deliveries is back, with season two premiering on 15t...

20/03/2024

RT Winners at the RTS Ireland Awards

RT had six winners across ten categories at last night's RTS Ireland awards which took place in Dublin's Liberty Hall Theatre with host Dermot Whelan a...

15/03/2024

Celebrate the Best of Irish Culture with RT this St Patrick's Weekend

The Late Late Show hosts a world record attempt for the largest c il band performance Irish weekend sporting action from Six Nations to Allianz League Dancin...

13/03/2024

RT SHORT STORY COMPETITION 2024 OPEN FOR ENTRIES

TELL US YOUR (SHORT) STORIES The 2024 RT Short Story Competition is now open for entries. The RT Short Story Competition was set up in 1986 to honour wr...

12/03/2024

Statement by RT Director-General on the death of Charlie Bird

Kevin Bakhurst, Director-General of RT paid tribute to former RT journalist Charlie Bird following his death. We are all deeply saddened by the news of Char...

11/03/2024

Ireland's heartbreaking defeat to England draws average of almost 1 million viewers to RT2

Viewing numbers peak at 1.2m Additional 230,000 streams on RT Player Ireland...

08/03/2024

2024 Celtic Media Festival: RT drama Obituary nominated alongside Amazon Prime and BBC dramas

RT and independent Irish producers receive 19 Nominations for the 2024 Celtic...

08/03/2024

LONGEST FBI CASE RESOLVED BY RT PODCAST SERIES RUNAWAY JOE A FAMILY TORN APART REUNITED

The final episode of the RT true crime podcast series Runaway Joe uncovers new ...

07/03/2024

Cian Ducrot Voted RT Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year

Cian Ducrot Voted RT Choice Music Prize Irish Song of The Year Irish Album of The Year to be announced at Live Event in Vicar Street tonight Irish Artist of ...

05/03/2024

New RT lyric fm show on Sunday Afternoons with Simon Delaney

RT lyric fm has announced a new addition to their schedule, Sunday Afternoon with Simon Delaney. Join stage and screen actor Simon Delaney every Sunday afterno...

01/03/2024

HARRY CORRY SPONSOR LIVELINE ON RT RADIO 1

RT Media Sales has announced Harry Corry as new sponsor of Liveline on RTE Radio 1 from today, Friday 1 March 2024. When the nation has something to say, the...

01/03/2024

RT Announces Appointment of Mari Hurley as Chief Financial Officer

RT Announces Appointment of Mari Hurley as Chief Financial Officer RT is pleased to announce the appointment of Mari Hurley to the role of Chief Financial Of...

29/02/2024

Evelyn O'Rourke announced as RT Arts and Media Correspondent

RT News is pleased to announce Evelyn O'Rourke has been appointed as Arts and Media Correspondent following an internal competition. An award winning RT ...

23/02/2024

Statement by Kevin Bakhurst, Director-General of RT: Sin N Raghallaigh

In a note to the staff of RT this morning, Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst, said: It is with deep regret that I share with you the announcement by Si n N R...

22/02/2024

RT Choice Music Prize Classic Irish Album Announced

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Classic Irish Album And the winning album is Achtung Baby by U2 Live Event, Vicar St Thursday 7th...

22/02/2024

RT Publishes Updated Legal Advice Regarding the Departures of Individuals

RT is today making available the updated legal advice received in respect of questions arising in connection with recent departures of executive-level senior m...

21/02/2024

RT Choice Music Prize Conversations 2024: 7th March, 12.00-16.00

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Conversations 2024 7th March, 12.00-16.00 http://www.choicemusicprize.ie/conversations/ Live Event...

21/02/2024

Allcare Pharmacy sponsors Brendan O'Connor on RT Radio 1

RT Media Sales has announced Allcare Pharmacy as sponsor of Brendan O' Connor, RT Radio 1, Saturday & Sunday, 11am-1pm. Brokered by Javelin, the ten-mont...

19/02/2024

Line-up: RT Radio 1 Folk Awards - Vicar Street 27.02.24

The 6th RT Radio 1 Folk Awards will be held in Vicar Street, Dublin on Tuesday 27th of February at 7.45pm. The Awards will be broadcast live on RT Radio 1 and...

17/02/2024

Statement RT Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst

Commenting today, RT Director-General, Kevin Bakhurst said: As I have stated already, RT has previously received legal advice that it is restricted from pro...

14/02/2024

RT and ITV reveal first look at second series of The Dry

RT and ITVX have revealed a first look at the cast of the highly anticipated second series of The Dry, which will air on RT One and RT Player later in the sp...

14/02/2024

Opening Statements: Joint Oireachtas Media Committee 14.02.24

To view today's Opening Statement to the Joint Oireachtas Media Committee by RT Director General, Kevin Bakhurst, click here. To view today's Opening ...

13/02/2024

Statement from the RT Board

In compiling, preparing and producing its independent Report on Toy Show The Musical, Grant Thornton, in applying its methodology under its Terms of Reference t...

13/02/2024

Home of the Year returns for its 10th series on RT

The tenth series of much-loved property series Home of the Year starts Tuesday 20th February at 8.30pm on RT One and RT Player. Since first appearing on scre...

09/02/2024

RT COVERAGE OF THE STATE FUNERAL OF FORMER TAOISEACH, JOHN BRUTON

RT will broadcast live coverage on television, radio and online of the State Funeral of former Taoiseach, John Bruton. On Friday 9th February Mr Bruton's ...

08/02/2024

TRONA N DHOMHNAILL TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT RT RADIO 1 FOLK AWARDS

TR ONA N DHOMHNAILL TO RECEIVE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD AT RT RADIO 1 FOLK...

08/02/2024

MORE LISTENERS TUNING INTO RT'S RADIO SERVICES ACCORDING TO LATEST JNLR LISTENERSHIP FIGURES

RT 's radio services reach over two million adults* or 48% every week RT ...

07/02/2024

RT Supporting the Arts: What's On this February

Watch our promo: RT Supporting the Arts | What's on YouTube This February RT is delighted to support the Dublin International Film Festival 2024, along...

01/02/2024

RT Publishes Results of Public and Staff Consultations on New Direction Document

RT recently published a ten-point plan setting a new direction for the radical transformation of the organisation, outlining a vision for a new RT in the form...

31/01/2024

RT Publishes Report Report Examining Voluntary Exit Programmes operated in 2017 and 2021

RT is today publishing the independent report by McCann FitzGerald LLP, which r...

30/01/2024

RT Choice Music Prize: Live Event Line-up Announcement

RT Choice Music Prize In association with IMRO and IRMA Live Event Line-up Announcement Vicar Street, Dublin Thursday 7th March 7.30pm Limited Tickets on...

30/01/2024

Bambie Thug will represent Ireland at The Eurovision Song Contest 2024

Bambie Thug's Doomsday Blue is chosen on Late Late Show Eurosong Special Bambie Thug will represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2024, having eme...

29/01/2024

RT PUBLISHES HIGHEST PRESENTER EARNINGS FOR 2022

RT PUBLISHES HIGHEST PRESENTER EARNINGS FOR 2022 RESTATED EARNINGS FOR 2021 ALSO PUBLISHED RT is today publishing the earnings for its ten highest-paid pres...

25/01/2024

RT lyric fm launches new Where Life Sounds Greener inserts

Where Life Sounds Greener is a series of new inserts on RT lyric fm, as listeners are invited to meet some extraordinary people, each one driven by their love ...

25/01/2024

Statement by Sin N Raghallaigh, Chair of the RT Board

January 25th 2024 The Audit and Risk Committee (ARC) of the RT Board commissioned Grant Thornton to conduct an independent fact-finding review in relation to ...

24/01/2024

BRYAN DOBSON ANNOUNCES HE IS RETIRING FROM RT THIS SPRING

Broadcaster Bryan Dobson has announced that he has decided to retire from RT at the end of April this year. Currently presenter of RT News at One with Bryan D...

22/01/2024

OLIVER CALLAN ANNOUNCED AS NEW PRESENTER AT NINE O'CLOCK ON RT RADIO 1

Oliver Callan will present a new morning programme Oliver Callan on RT Radio 1, weekdays from 9am to 10am from Monday, January 29th. The announcement was mad...

15/01/2024

RT and Virgin Media Television announce Six Nations coverage

The Six Nations kicks off on Friday 2 February with every game live and free-to-air across RT and Virgin Media Television Coverage includes Ireland Men's,...

12/01/2024

RT's 2023 Internship Programme: Applications now open

We're thrilled to announce that applications for the 2024 RT Internship programme are now open. You can apply through the following link: Vacancies - Abou...

12/01/2024

RT Delivers 42 of the Top 50 of 2023's Most-Watched Shows on Television

PATRICK KIELTY'S LATE LATE TOY SHOW DEBUT IS MOST WATCHED TV PROGRAMME OF 2023 RT Delivers 42 of the Top 50 of 2023's Most-Watched Shows on TV, with ...