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Hailing from Kilkenny, 49th & Main are an indie-pop duo consisting of producer Ben O'Sullivan and vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Paddy King - watch the video for Never Gonna Stop above.

The pair first met in school and began working on music together, with O'Sullivan dabbling with acoustics and how to record King's guitar. They both decided to join a group of friends moving to Canada for the summer in 2019, they decided to take with them some recording equipment on the off chance they'd get some time to experiment. Little did they know that by the time they returned home, they'd have the bones of their debut project.

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Learning music from a young age, King began writing his own music at 15 and busking on his hometown's busy cobbled streets. In university he became interested in house-music, electronica and more alternative modes of creativity, and developed an urge to give different genres a go.

O'Sullivan had taken to video editing, before slowly transitioning to music production when he was introduced by a friend to FL Studio. Self-taught, O'Sullivan was inspired by American artist/songwriter Jon Bellion's Making Of videos to try his hand at creating electronic pop beats. By the time college rolled around, O'Sullivan had been producing for almost a decade and was looking for fresh ways to be creative. When King approached him to move to Canada for a summer, it struck him as the perfect opportunity to try something new.

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In Vancouver (just off 49th & Main Street), the two wrote and produced music, "for the craic" when "all of sudden we had two songs we really liked and decided we wanted people to hear them". On the eve of a worldwide lockdown, 49th & Main introduced themselves to the world with the trap-infused Party Alone, in collaboration with former classmate TraviS. Soon followed by their debut project Neon Palm Trees which jumped between genres effortlessly as the pair blended dual influences without fear of insult.

What followed, however, was beyond even the wildest of expectations.

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In April 2020, 49th & Main released Catching Eyes, a lo-fi banger which has gone on to generate over 13 million streams on Spotify and propel the duo to new heights. 49th & Main have released collaborations with artists such as Sarah Carton, Khakikid, Landis and Chameleon. They have attracted global attention across the industry, joining Red Light Management's exciting global roster. Excitingly, the band recently announced that they have signed a global record deal with independent label Counter Records.

Find out more about this year's RTÉ 2FM Rising list here.