Fabulous queer Irish music to watch in 2022 – GCN


For such a small island, Ireland has always exceeded its weight when it comes to great music and it’s super exciting to see Irish LGBTQ+ artists stepping up to take on the challenge. We’ve picked out a little highlight of what the year has in store, from some well-known faces to some fabulous newcomers. 2022 promises to be a truly mammoth year for queer Irish music, so listen up!

Fresh off the press, we kick off with the brand new single “ILY”, which drops today, from electronic pop stunner, Viscose. The track has all the makings of a dance floor smasher, drawing inspiration from Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa. Viscose Sophisticated and sensual synth sounds will make you want to shake your hips and move your lips. His philosophy is, this eccentric is cute, and be yourself and NEVER apologize for it.

Also expected later today is the start single ‘The Heretic’ of the new name NIYL (formerly Nile St James). Hailing from Limerick, NIYL blends a unique blend of soulful vocals and lush, ethereal instrumentation to deliver powerful, cinematic sound. He takes inspiration from RY X and London Grammar and hopes to establish a new sound within the Irish music industry.


Now on to their third EP, electro-pop artist DYVR burst onto the Irish music scene in 2019 and their third offering, ‘Part 3’, sees them really take off, making them one of the hottest bands on the scene. For ‘Part 3’ they collaborated with awesome artists like HAVVK, Benjamin Yellowitz and the divine Jes Kavanagh.

The EP’s lead single, “Pantheon,” delivers anthemic, rowdy, queer vibes with beautiful messages of acceptance and inclusion. It’s one you’ll want to repeat and with a gorgeous new video to come, it will DEFINITELY be the top of my music pile for 2022.

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As if we weren’t giddy enough already at the prospect of new music from the awesome Pillow Queens, we almost have heart palpitations after they released their incredible new single “Be By Your Side” last week. It’s another head-turner with their signature edgy post-punk sound.

And as if that wasn’t reason enough to celebrate, we’ve been promised a full album on April 1st. Hopefully it’s not an April Fool or there will be a lot of broken hearts at GCN Towers.

For fans of Tame the impala, Tune-Yards or Erykah Badu, you won’t be disappointed with alt-pop sensation ZAPHO. Its new Groove-soaked anthem single “Peoples” drops next Thursday, February 3, heralding a new album to come later this year. If his previous singles “Fight Me” and “Water Me” are anything to see, this one is one to watch.

Last but not least, we were thrilled to see Soak release his new single “Last July” earlier this week. AND announcement of a long-awaited album, If I never know you like that again due out May 20. We’re buzzing!

After two years of lockdown, we’re brimming with excitement for all the new music slated for 2022. Above all, we hope to see most of it live and in person!

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