28 Jun 2022

Louise Loves: Search is on for local stars

Louise Loves: Search is on for local stars

As part of Irish Music Month this October, SPIN is looking for your music demos now Pixture: Pixabay

SPIN’s Local Hero Talent Search has just launched with Hot Press. If you’re in a band, a DJ, or singer-songwriter, we want to hear from you...

A new initiative, Irish Music Month, has been announced by Hot Press and the Independent Broadcasters of Ireland (IBI). It will run throughout the month of October. SPIN South West, along with twenty-five independent radio stations from all over Ireland have signed up for what is the biggest ever programming event undertaken by local stations, since the foundation of independent radio in Ireland, in 1989. The event is supported by the BAI, under its Sound & Vision scheme.

Other supporters of the project include XL Retail group, MCD Concerts, IMRO and RAAP.

The whole event will see stations:

n Assist in the national campaign to support the live music industry in Ireland from grass roots upwards

n Play more Irish music, in all its wonderful diversity – and provide a significant additional boost for the profile and status of Irish artists

n Help to generate a fresh buzz of excitement about the work of Irish artists, musicians and performers

n Run a major national talent search, under the A New Local Hero banner, that will involve the direct payment of €100k to Irish artists

“Irish Music Month is a huge statement of support for Irish musicians and artists by Ireland’s independent radio stations and by the BAI,” Hot Press editor Niall Stokes said. “The support from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for the initiative is hugely welcome. We are also thrilled with the level of support and commitment shown by Ireland’s independent stations, with a massive 25 radio stations getting involved."

John Purcell, chair of IBI, welcomed the initiative as an opportunity for stations to show the unique power of radio in Ireland.

The benefits of Irish Music Month for artists are immense.

n €100k will be going directly to musicians and performers.

n A €125k radio campaign to buy Irish music, and Irish music merchandising, running across the 25 stations, will also result in additional revenue going directly to Irish artists

n There will be significantly increased radio play for Irish music across all 25 stations

n Extensive support from Hot Press will drive additional exposure, sales and revenue for artists

n A major talent search that will launch the recipient of the A New Local Hero Award onto the national and international stage.

Numerous Irish artists have already recorded messages of support for Irish Music Month, including recent Hot Press cover stars James Vincent McMorrow, Andrea Corr and Elijah Hewson of Inhaler, as well as The Script, Kodaline, Una Healy, Villagers, Soulé, Mary Black – and many more!

As part of Irish Music Month this October, SPIN is looking for your music demos now.

Email an MP3 with some background on yourself/your band to /


A special collaborative effort, this event is taking place on October 27 at Ballyhass Lakes.

Over 150 young people from 10-18 years old, from different youth organisations across Limerick; Southill, Weston, Garryowen & surrounding areas will take part.

Speaking on SPIN, Youth worker Leah Stundon said:

“Youth clubs are vitally important in Limerick City; it allows young people a safe space to express themselves freely. This is an event we are all really looking forward to and can finally go ahead. There is still time for more young people to get involved.”

For more information or to support the event checkout the


LYRA at Dolans, September 23

Guaranteed to be a stunning experience.

LYRA has taken the Irish music scene by storm this year. Her enchanting voice and spirited lyrics are the topped off by her dramatically marvelous éadaí! She is an Irish banríon. Grab a ticket if you can.


BANYAH and Conor Hamilton-Long have teamed up on 'Lost With The Lights'.

A dancefloor setting, Lost With The Lights is a return to the world of loud music and dazzling lights. Strangers coming together to share an emotional experience, and the unexpected romances which can spark in that moment!



SUNDAY SEPT 25, TG4 at 20:30pm

The search continues for a young Irish singer to represent Ireland on the big stage in The Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Who will represent Ireland and perform on the biggest international stage?

Join me this Sunday on TG4 at 20:30pm. Bígí linn.

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