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Over 100 Young Musicians to Perform at SubSounds Youth Music Festival!

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Over 100 young musicians from Music Generation programmes in Dublin City, Fingal, South Dublin, Wicklow, Meath, and Kildare will be performing at the SubSounds Youth Music Festival on Saturday 24th June at TU Dublin Tallaght.

Hosted by DJ Dan Hegarty (2FM), the free festival will feature youth bands and artists such as FLORENCE RD, The Hex, Daire Heffernan, MUTE, and Minimal Image. This youth-centered festival will run from 12.30pm - 8.30pm and will celebrate young musicians performing everything from contemporary pop, to electronic to choral!

Florence Road, Youth Band, Music Generation Wicklow


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The festival has been launched to create a space for young musicians from different communities, backgrounds and musical tastes to collaborate and form musical connections. The SubSounds Youth Music Festival 2023 will act as the foundation for an annual event that will offer opportunities to young people interested in all aspects of the music industry and performance.

Balbriggan Rhapsody's Final Rehearsal, Music Generation Fingal

Young musicians and singer/songwriter from Music Generation Fingal's Balbriggan Rhapsody will premiere their original track 'An Ordinary Day' at the festival. We caught up with the group at their final rehearsal ahead of the festival. They spoke about the friendships they have made in the group and excitement for their big performance at SubSounds Youth Music Festival. Check out the video here.

"Being involved in Music Generation through school helped us as a band find our sound. The SubSounds Festival offers us a great opportunity to get our sound out there while also helping our development as musicians and performers. The festival will give us a great idea of how festivals are run and what it is like to be involved. Perfect for our future ambitions. It’s also a great opportunity to meet with other music projects that are working toward the same goal as ourselves. None of this would be possible without the impact Music Generation has made on us." Josh, MUTE, Young Musician, Music Generation Kildare

Daire Heffernan, Headline Act, alumni of Music Generation South Dublin

SubSounds is a youth music collective for young people aged 14-18 based in Tallaght. Since 2004 it has worked with musicians from around South Dublin County, mentoring them in the composition, arrangement, performance and recording of original music.

of Music Generation South Dublin is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme which gives children and young people access to high-quality performance music education. Music Generation believes in an Ireland where every child and young person is given the opportunity to transform their lives through the power of music making ad learning

"This is going to be a great day of music. I’m delighted to be involved, and am looking forward to hearing some of the best new music that the country has to offer" DJ Dan Hegarty (2fm)

SubSounds Youth Festival 2023 will take place on June 24th from 12:30pm – 8:30pm.

Admission is free, but tickets are essential.
Tickets are available here.

SubSounds Youth Music Festival is co-funded by Music Generation/Arts Council and the Department of Education.

Daire Heffernan, Headline Act, alumni of Music Generation South Dublin

Event Notes

Frewition and Creative Connections, two respected cultural event management companies, will deliver the festival in collaboration with young participants. Naomi Frew of Frewition and Grainne Walker of Creative Connections will manage the festival's artistic and participatory elements. Alternative Entertainments, Music Generation, and CONTACT Studios will provide quality engagement by the participating groups.

Music Generation Dublin City is managed by Dublin City Music Education Partnership, led by City of Dublin Education and Training Board in partnership with Dublin City Council.

Music Generation Fingal is led by Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) in partnership with Fingal County Council and local youth education services.

Music Generation Kildare is managed by Kildare Local Music Education Partnership, led by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board in partnership with Kildare County Council and with support from Maynooth University Department of Music and Centre for Teaching and Learning.

Music Generation Meath is managed by Meath Local Music Education Partnership, led by Louth and Meath Education and Training Board in partnership with Meath County Council and with support from Meath County Childcare Committee.

Music Generation South Dublin is managed by South Dublin Music Education Partnership, led by South Dublin County Council in partnership with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board, South Dublin County Libraries and Dublin West Education Centre.

Music Generation Wicklow is managed by Wicklow Music Education Partnership, led by Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board in partnership with Wicklow County Council.

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