Not many artists can say they took the leap from Whelans to the 3arena in little over two years but Yungblud isn't just any artist. Ever since he burst onto the scene with his debut album 21st Century Liability in 2018 it has been hard not to take notice of his dedicated fanbase, anarchist lyrics and roof bursting live shows.

With over 1.4 billion steams on his music to date and features with the likes of Halsey, Imagine Dragons, Machine Gun Kelly and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, the 23 year old Yorkshire rocker has already made big name friends and even bigger moves on his way to the top.

YUNGBLUD isn't just any artist

This month he announced that he will be returning to Dublin next November to perform songs from his upcoming album Weird and already he has half sold out the country’s biggest venue.

Speaking to me on Zoom, he almost couldn’t comprehend the growth, "Its kind of mental, I spent so much time in Ireland. The first love of my life was from Cork and I was there legitimately every summer holiday. I love your country, it makes me emotional. I can't believe that we went from Whelans to the 3arena so quick."

What what can you expect from a YUNGBLUD show? Having seen him perform live five times myself, I can assure you its an addictive experience and one I can't wait to literally throw myself into in 2021 when we are allowed in venues again. But how will he translate sweaty, crowded, loud and underground feeling of being in an intimate venue to a bigger stage?

"I want to bring that punk rock sensibility to it. When you're in seat fifty five row one hundred at the back, I want to be in your face. I want to make it feel like you’re in Whelans when you’re in the 3arena."

YUNGBLUD, real name Dominic Harrison, is gearing up currently for the release of his sophomore album, one which I've been lucky enough to get my hands on before its December 4th release date. Fans can look forward to more of what they have come to expect from him, massive hooks, twisted lyrics, a whole lot of fun and expressions of what he feels are major concerns for his generation. Speaking to me about the album artwork and what it represents he said, its aim was to showcase the many different sides of him and his music.

"I did seven different versions of myself because I am multiple different people at any one moment, I want to convey the point that as human beings we are three dimensional, there is so much depth to us in multiple different aspects of our personality."

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From breaking down barriers abroad, to fresh new Irish artists doing the same here. The track of the weekend on the show this week comes from Smoothboi Ezra whose latest song My Own Person is our Track of The Weekend on the show.

The 18-year-old songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer from Greystones cites reveals that their musical influences range from contemporaries like Phoebe Bridgers and Mitski, to legends like Elliott Smith and Kate Bush and its working with over ten million streams on their Spotify.

The track of the weekend on the show this week comes from Smoothboi Ezra

Speaking about the track, which they recorded in their bedroom, Ezra says: "I wrote this song when I was 16. I had one or two outfits I would interchange and I wore the same grubby pair of shoes every day. They were replicas of a previous grubby pair I wore when I was 14 and 15. The song is about not being happy but not being able to do anything about it."

My Own Person is the first of a bunch of brand new material we can expect in the next year and as Ezra puts it, a time when they relinquish the ownership rights and give them off to the world to interpret.

"When I finish a song I let go of it, it's not mine anymore and I forget it. A lot of the time I’ll have to teach myself the song again before a live show."

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I for one can't wait to see that show, we all need it. Ezra takes on The Workmans Club in Dublin, May 6th 2021.

The Weekend with Stephen Byrne, Saturday and Sunday, on  RTÉ 2fm at 3pm.