Celebrating the Best Rising Irish Female Acts

Ireland is known across the world for it's wealth of musical talent and artists. We're taking the opportunity to celebrate just some of the phenomenal rising Irish female and female led acts.

Ireland is known across the world for it’s wealth of musical talent and artists. We’re taking the opportunity to celebrate just some of the phenomenal rising Irish female and female led acts. Many are household names already in Ireland and are sure to become global success stories.


Kynsy, the solo project of the 23 year-old Irish multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer Ciara Lindsey. Taking inspiration from songwriters such as Irving Berlin and David Byrne, with a detached nonchalance of Damon Albarn.

Kynsy - Cold Blue Light


Global celebrity teen pop sensation. Lives in Dublin with her grandparents. Currently recovering from an AliExpress addiction. CMAT has just released her eagerly anticipated debut album ‘If My Wife New I’d Be Dead’.

CMAT - Every Bottle (Is My Boyfriend) [Official Video]


Forming in late 2019, Sprints were quickly championed by the likes of BBC Radio 6, Nialler9, The Guardian, NME and DIY. Combining guitar-driven hooks and emotive lyrics to create a unique sound with elements of grunge and post-punk.


Bobbi Arlo

An incredible talent with the sassy attitude to match, Bobbi Arlo has come from nowhere to establish herself as one of Ireland’s most exciting in demand new acts. Constantly raising the bar and fast becoming known for her knack for crafting alt pop anthems.

Bobbi Arlo - Berries

Denise Chaila

One of the most in demand MCs in Ireland and further afield. Chaila came to mainstream attention with her 2020 hit single ‘Chaila’, before going on to take home Ireland’s highest music award, the Choice Music Prize album of the year award, for her debut mixtape ‘Go Bravely’.

Denise Chaila - ANSEO feat. Jafaris

Pillow Queens

Since forming in Dublin in late 2016, Pillow Queens’ reputation has grown with every new release. They’ve shared stages with the likes of IDLES, SOAK and Pussy Riot, sold out their own headline shows and are making a buzz stateside, including a performance on James Corden’s The Late Late Show.

Pillow Queens - Hearts & Minds (Official Video)


4-piece alternative rock band, NewDad, emerged from Galway at the beginning of 2020, self-releasing their first string of tracks ‘How’, ‘Swimming’ and ‘Cry’. The band have received support from BBC 6 Music with many tracks being added to the A List. Support has also come from Steve Lamacq, Annie Mac, Jack Saunders, Matt Wilkinson at Apple Music, as well as NME, DIY, Dork, Clash, Dummy, The Forty Five, Music Week, So Young, Rodeo, Far Out Magazine, Nialler 9 and more.

NewDad - Ladybird (Music Video)

Erica Cody

Cody’s brand of classic 90s vibes have seen support from leading tastemakers such as Ones To Watch (US) and Notion Magazine – with the Times (UK) naming her one of Ireland’s most promising artists in their coveted ‘30 under 30’ ranking. The singer exudes a confidence that has seen her perform at Primavera Pro, Ireland’s National Concert Hall, and share the stage with living legends like En Vogue.

Erica-Cody - Gratitude (Official Video)

Ailbhe Reddy

Choice Music Prize nominated indie folk artist Ailbhe Reddy has been building a buzz since the release of her debut EP ‘Hollowed Out Sea’ in 2016. She has gone on to perform across the world at festivals such as SXSW, Glastonbury, Latitude, Primavera, Canadian Music Week, The Great Escape and more.

Ailbhe Reddy - Time Difference

Sorcha Richardson

Sorcha Richardson left home for Brooklyn as a teenager to study creative writing, launching her early musical releases from the states – including early fan favourite ‘Ruin Your Night’ – but it was upon moving back to her native Dublin that she was inspired to take stock of where she was at, eventually delivering the defining work of her short career thus far, the lauded ‘First Prize Bravery’.

Sorcha Richardson - The Starlight Lounge (Official Video)

Tolü Makay

Tolü released her much-anticipated debut EP ‘Being’ in October 2022. Presenting her deepest thoughts, she stresses the importance of self-love, self-assurance and self-confidence. An incredible vocalist with influences ranging from Erykah Badu, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse and Asa.

Tolü Makay - You Are Enough (Official Music Video)


A perfect blend of dark electronic pop, LYRA has been described as part vintage, part contemporary, exuding a sense of being free from the constraints of time and era. LYRA has spent the last year honing her sound and writing with industry heavy weights.

LYRA ~ Lose My Mind ~ Official Video


Soulé is the leading force in a new wave of emerging Irish pop. The Dublin based electronic pop artist is here to make her mark with her bass heavy sound and soft – soulful vocals. Born in London and raised in Dublin seaside town of Balbriggan, the singer songwriter’s innate charisma, natural talent and electronic pop influenced tunes have garnered her a cool, multi million streams on Spotify.

SOULÉ - Body (Official Music Video)

Gemma Dunleavy

Taking influence from traditional storytelling, Gemma Dunleavy has developed her sound by experimenting with instruments connected to that of her heritage, like the harp and flute and amalgamated this with her love for pop and club music.

Gemma Dunleavy - Up De Flats

This is just a small sample of some the incredible rising Irish female acts making waves in the music scene right now, with many more to discover. Keep an eye on our Listen Local page to find even more rising Irish acts HERE.