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Independent’s Day

Independent’s Day is new ten part radio series looking at the state of independent music in Ireland. Alternative culture and independent music has a rich history in Ireland and record labels are a big part of that.  These small businesses bring drive and passion to signing, promoting and selling non mainstream music.


Across ten episodes, Independent’s Day will feature an in depth look at Irish independent record labels with interviews with the originators of these labels.  It will focus on their original concept for the label, as well as their desire to promote the music they love.


The music business has changed drastically over the last 20 years since the advent of the internet and the ensuing consequences of Napster, legal and illegal downloading and streaming. The label founders will give an insight into how they choose what bands to sign, the vinyl revolution, the importance of artwork, Spotify, live shows and distributing and promoting music to an Irish and international audience.


Bands and artists from each record label will give their take on making music in 2019.  With the changes in the industry, being in a band is not a career option for most people, so why do they do it?  They will discuss the importance of collaborating with an independent label, their creative processes, making a living as an artist and the thriving disparate music scenes in Ireland.


Independent record labels from all around the country will feature in Independent’s Day with genres from indie, folk, hip hop, sound art, jazz, traditional and electronic.


Each episode will feature a different independent record label.


Episode 1 – Art For Blind Records
Episode 2 – Word Up Collective
Episode 3 – Homebeat Presents
Episode 4 –  Raelach Records
Episode 5 – Lyte Records
Episode 6 – Rusted Rail
Episode 7 – Strange Brew
Episode 8 – Farpoint Recordings
Episode 9 – Rua Sound
Episode 10 – Out on a Limb


This programme was funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland with the Television License Fee. Produced by Alan Meaney. Visit for more..


Episode 1 will be broadcast on RTÉ 2XM on Monday April 22nd at 1pm.

Independent’s Day – Episode 10

20th June 2019

Out on a Limb Records are one of the longest running indie labels in Ireland. Started in Limerick in 2003, there are twelve (reasonably) active acts on the label, [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 8

7th June 2019

Farpoint Recordings was founded in 2004, as an artist-run creative project that seeks to publish works from the margins. The label releases sound art, electronica and [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 7

29th May 2019

Strange Brew was originally set up as a club night in Galway’s Roisin Dubh in 2002. It has grown into an artist management, booking agent and record label. Gugai [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 6

24th May 2019

Rusted Rail is a Micro-Independent record label based in Galway. Founded by Keith Wallace in 2006, it releases alternative folk, post-rock and psych music. Keith had a [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 5

16th May 2019

Lyte Records is a label that focuses on hip hop, folk and classical, but mainly jazz. Based in Northern Ireland, it was founded by musician, songwriter and producer [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 4

10th May 2019

Raelach Records is an artist-run, traditional and folk record label based in county Clare, on the west coast of Ireland. The label was founded in 2011 by musician and [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 2

29th April 2019

Word Up Collective bring together, for the first time, a number of artists who have been working independently and in existing groups to present a snap shot of [...]

Independent’s Day – Episode 1

18th April 2019

Art for Blind is an independent record label and distro started in 2004 in Barnsley, before relocating to Leeds, Cork and now based in Sligo, on the Atlantic northwest. [...]