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Eastbound returns in 2020!

Dublin’s New Music Festival 2020 in association with RTE 2FM featuring the very best new and breaking artists over six nights in some of Dublin’s best music venues.

Aiken Promotions are delighted to announce the return of EASTBOUND for its second year running, the festival which creates a live space for the best in new and breaking Irish and International artists. Aiken Promotions have teamed up with RTE 2FM as the media partners for 2020. RTE 2FM are known for championing new and breaking acts, providing air play and a platform for fresh talent to be heard on National radio.

EASTBOUND is proud to announce the first round of acts for live shows in 2020:

EASTBOUND – a six-night stand at venues across Dublin taking place 12-17 May 2020 is about capturing the spirit of new and breaking artists and capturing the imagination of a devoted, music-hungry city like Dublin and bringing it all together to create making meaningful beginnings.

Artist information:

MAHALIA  // Vicar Street // 16 May
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Mahalia has long been charming the world with her talent and confidence, evident in her stunning new album “Love and Confidence”, which received exceptional reviews from NME, Irish Times, The Guardian, Clash and many more.

SHAME // Vicar Street // 12 May
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London five piece Shame have swiftly earned a reputation as one of the most visceral and exhilarating live bands around. Their debut album “Songs of Praise” (2018) was met with critical acclaim, holding the position of top 5 in the UK vinyl charts for two weeks.  They sold out the Tivoli Theatre when last here, with special guests Fontaines DC and The Murder Capital.

DREAM WIFE // Whelan’s // 13 May
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Dream Wife – a name chosen as commentary on society’s objectification of women – have garnered praise for their early releases and their ferocious live shows, which saw them sell out venues across U.K. and Europe.

SQUID // The Grand Social // 17 May
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The hotly tipped post-punk, disco-funk phenomenon Squid will perform in Dublin for the first time this May. Their debut EP “Town Centre” was released in September, receiving positive reviews across the UK including Drowned In Sound, Clash, So Young Magazine and more.

DRY CLEANING // Whelan’s // 16 May
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Exploding onto the UK music scene with their EP Sweet Princess, Dry Cleaning are a new post-punk-slanted, minimalist quartet hailing from London.

SMOOTHBOI EZRA // The Sound House // 15 May
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Storming onto the Spotify New Music Friday playlist with “Messing With My Head”, Smoothboi Ezra is 17-year-old musician from Co Wicklow, who creates lo-fi indie bedroom pop.

KITT PHILIPPA // The Sugar Club // 16 May
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Kitt’s debut album “Human” was released in October 2019, and featured the singles ‘Human’, ‘Grace’ and ‘You’. The album is an outstanding and emotive work from the winner of the prestigious Northern Irish Music Prize – Single of the Year 2018 (‘Human’).

CONCHÚR WHITE // Upstairs at Whelan’s // 13 May
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From the small but noteworthy town of Portadown, Conchúr White’s music has been described as “inventive yet beautifully understated. He notes Alex Turner, Leonard Cohen, Lana Del Rey and Father John Misty as key influences.

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