RTÉ 2FM has released its 2FM Rising list for 2022, with Lucy Blue, Sophie Doyle Ryder, Aby Coulibaly, Bklava, Efe, New Dad, Sprints, Cian DuCrot, Sello, and Smoothboi Ezra tipped for success this year.

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Aby Coulibaly

Tracy Clifford announced the list on her 2FM show on Monday and between January 31 and - 4 February 4, Rising Week will see the station broadcast exclusive new music and interviews with the up-and-coming artists.


Irish acts who have previously featured on the prestigious list include Fontaines D.C., Denise Chaila, Dermot Kennedy, Jafairs, Lyra, Pillow Queens, Wild Youth, JC Stewart, The Murder Capital, For Those I Love, Monjola, Gemma Dunleavy and Plantain Papi.

Cian DuCrot

Director of Music 2FM Adam Fogarty said: " We're really excited to announce our ten new 2FM Rising artists for 2022. The music team and I deliberated over the list for a number months - which shows just how strong Irish music is right now."

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"2FM Rising is a key initiative for all of us and our support of Irish music and artists is something we are incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about.

Lucy Blue

"We believe our Rising list for 2022 is a great example of how strong and diverse the Irish music scene is right now. We look forward to supporting our Rising acts and the many other great Irish acts across our platforms in 2022."

New Dad

2FM Rising is in association with IMRO and each of this year's ten acts will also receive a €1,000 bursary (€10,000 in total) from the IMRO.


Keith Johnson, IMRO Director of Marketing & Membership said, "IMRO is delighted to continue its association with RTÉ 2FM Rising.

Smoothboi Ezra

"It remains to be an incredibly challenging time for the music and wider artistic community and the RTÉ 2FM Rising initiative will provide an invaluable showcase and support platform for all of the participating acts throughout 2022."

Sophie Doyle Ryder

19-year-old Dublin singer-songwriter Sophie Doyle Ryder told RTE, "I want to spread positivity and I want to spread like happiness for people my age.

"For example Hunni Hunni is all about going out on a session like. So, if you are having a break-up, go out and listen to Hunni Hunni and go out with your girls."

2FM DJ Tracy Clifford says the acts were chosen by a panel of experts.

"It was a hard job to actually choose the ten acts this year, the ones that we have chosen we think represent Irish culture, society and music right now." she said.

Producer and vocalist, Plantain Papi who featured on last year's list spoke about his experience.

"My music got to reach a completely different audience that it wouldn't usually reach. l got to make new friends and I got to meet some of the other rising artists and they were all brilliant."

After a difficult two years Irish acts like Sophie Doyle Ryder will be looking forward to performing in front of a crowd again.

"It's always rewarding to be on that stage and see your audience sing the lyrics back to you," she says.

"And like especially people who were really into it. Like when I did my gig in Whelan's my friends were all up the front like screaming and I just loved it."