A noteworthy event for young musicians to be held in Croke Park

by Rachel Darcy

One of Ireland’s leading youth events is set to return to Croke Park on May 11, which also celebrates the launch of Youth Work Ireland Week.

The Irish Youth Music Awards, also known as the IYMAs, will see performances from several young musicians aged from 12 to 19, performing across two stages on the day in what promises to be a highlight of the year for those involved in Youth Work Ireland.

The winner of the Irish Youth Music Awards will win recording time in a professional recording studio, a recording session in RTE 2FM’s legendary Studio 8 and a full backline provided by Music Maker Dublin.

They will also produce an album of their own original tracks released on physical CD with a professional design.

Last year’s IYMAs album stormed the Irish compilation charts, entering at Number 3.

On the day, there will also be an education hub, featuring workshops and master classes from a wide range of Irish musical experts.

Award-winning director Lochlainn McKenna will be teaming up with music producer Daithi to look at how to make a music video, whilst RTE 2FM’s Mo K and MathMan will host a scratch and DJ workshop.

BIMM Institute Dublin will host workshops around performance and songwriting with members of Villagers, James Vincent McMorrow and Heathers, plus much more.

The Riptide Movement and The Academic will both also perform some exclusive tracks on the day in Croker.

Barry Lennon, director of the Irish Youth Music awards, said: “We are super excited to announce our education hub line-up for 2019 and to create a space for young people to get hands-on advice, skills and knowledge about the creative and music industries by some of Ireland’s best acts.

“We believe it’s so important to support and develop the music and creative industries in Ireland and provide pathways for our future cultural entrepreneurs to develop.

“We are honoured to be a part of this through the work we do in our IYMAs hubs across the island of Ireland and at our national day in Croke Park.

Tickets for the Irish Youth Music Awards National Day are available from Eventbrite for €20. The event is an all-ages, alcohol- and drugs-free event.

Group tickets are also available for youth clubs, projects or schools priced €120 (including booking fee) allowing admission for five young people and two youth leaders or adults on the day. Group tickets must be booked by April 29.

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