SubSounds Youth Music Festival 2024 To Be Headlined by Pillow Queens This Saturday!

Posted 2 weeks ago in Festival Features


The highly anticipated SubSounds Youth Music Festival is set to return this Saturday July 6, 2024, following the resounding success of its pilot event last year.

Presented in association with Music Generation, this free one-day festival promises an eclectic mix of contemporary popular music, traditional, classical, and jazz ensemble, featuring the considerable talents of approximately 150 young musicians from South Dublin, Kildare, Fingal, Meath, Wicklow, and Dublin City.


A Platform for Emerging Talent

SubSounds, a youth music collective based in South Dublin County, supports young musicians aged 14-18 in composing, arranging, recording, and releasing music. Each year, the collective produces two albums, two EPs, and several singles, showcased at various gigs around Dublin. This year’s album, “Class of 2024,” was launched at The Sugar Club in April, and members will be performing tracks from the album at the festival.

The SubSounds Youth Music Festival is more than just an event; it’s a platform that presents the cutting edge talent and sounds of today. Festival highlights include talented 16 year old Sadhbh Keane, noted on RTE as one to watch, who has made significant waves in the Irish music scene with her EP “Passion + Paper” and singles like “I Give Up On Love” and “Life at Christmas.” Hear her in action here.


Headline Act – Pillow Queens

Back on home turf following a barnstorming performance at Glastonbury last weekend, this year’s festival headliner is the Irish indie rock band Pillow Queens. Formed in 2016, Pillow Queens have made a massive impact on the music scene here with their critically acclaimed debut album “In Waiting” and their subsequent releases “Leave the Light On” and “Name Your Sorrow.”

Known for their powerful performances and emotional depth, co-lead vocalists Pamela Connolly and Sarah Corcoran, lead guitarist Cathy McGuinness, and drummer Rachel Lyons are sure to put in another incredible performance this coming weekend. Not to be missed!


Other Highlights

Also on the bill are participants from Music Generation Meath, Fingal, and Wicklow, who will be showcasing their unique talents at the one-day festival. Some incredible highlights to look forward to on the day include:

  • Adler Walk: This Band From Math bring their unique flair to the stage drawing inspiration from bands like Casiopea, Takanaka, and Santana. Adler Walk is known for their unique sound combining jazz harmony and improvisation with rock music.
  • Balbriggan Jam Ensemble: A pop/rock/indie group from Balbriggan, performing a mix of original songs and covers.
  • Stale Bread: A Blessington-based band inspired by artists like Phoebe Bridgers and Elliott Smith, known for their emotive vocals and ambient instrumentals.
  • The Mockingbirds: A dynamic cover band from Blessington Music Hub, performing blues, rock, and soul classics.
  • Noise Music: DJ sessions and open mic will take place in the performance tents.

This free event, runs from 12:30pm to 9:00pm at TU Dublin Tallaght Campus, promising a day filled with incredible performances, fostering a culture of originality and artistic expression. We’re really looking forward to the exciting prospect of witnessing the future of music being shaped today.

Tickets are Free, but Booking is required here.

SubSounds Youth Music Festival takes place on Saturday July 6th from 12.30pm to 9pm at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus Blessington Road D24 FKT9 Tallaght. Tickets: Free, but booking required here.

SubSounds Youth Music Festival is co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, The Arts Council/An Comhairle Ealaíon and The Department of Education. The festival is funded by Music Generation, the Arts Council & South Dublin County Council Arts Office.


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