7 incredible Irish LGBTQ+ artists to add to your playlists

Take a look at these fresh and rising Irish LGBTQ+ artists who definitely will not disappoint and check out an exclusive GCN video interview with artist SOAK!

Image of three LGBTQ+ artists including Ocean Tisdall, Paul Quinn, and Conleth Kane.
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We have some exciting Irish LGBTQ+ artists for you to check out. Their latest releases are sure to entertain you, especially during the upcoming Pride season. Alongside future releases, check out a very special interview on a new release happening today!

Apollo Monroe

Photo of Apollo Monroe wearing a black and white checkered vest and a green hat.

Based in Dublin, Monroe is a queer electro-pop artist who is quickly gaining popularity. His debut single ‘Soda Pop’ was produced with Viscose, a fellow queer artist, and established his presence on the Dublin music scene.

Their newest single ‘Sweet Tooth’ is an innovative track with multiple pop sub-genres. Fun and energetic song, it’s sure to start your morning off right. Keep your eye out for this new release on June 3.


Album cover for y do i by the artist Hamm. The image is dreary with a blue and red background and a woman in the center.

This independent electronic pop artist is on the rise in Dublin after the release of their first single, ‘y do i.’ Hamm moved to Ireland from Brazil in 2016 and found their passion for music production during the pandemic. 

“I think we all desperately need some fun in the times we’re living, and if we can laugh and dance at our own problems, not all is lost,” Hamm said.

Conleth Kane 


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Following the debut of his album, Proud-Live in London, Conleth is set to release his next EP, ‘Just A Dream,’ on May 27. It will include three original songs, a cover of Melanie C’s ‘I Turn To You,’ and a new version of ‘Proud’ featuring The London Gay Men’s Chorus.

These high-energy songs are incredible and will be out just in time for your summer festivities.  



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You don’t want to miss this next rising Irish LGBTQ+ artist. Singer-songwriter Zapho recently released a new single, ‘Tell Your Mother.’ It tells the story of coming out to your mom and is sure to give you all the feels.

Zapho, an electro-pop singer-songwriter-producer, is also a co-founder of the X Collective, a group of over 70 artists in Ireland and Europe that helps promote and produce other rising artists.

Ocean Tisdall


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The exciting Irish pop artist Ocean Tisdall is back again with his new single ‘Crying Room’ ’set to release on May 27. His single ‘White Lies’ was released earlier this year, making it to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist and Apple Music’s ‘New in Pop’. 

“‘Crying Room’ to me is the epitome of growing up in Gen Z. Sometimes we allow our emotions to control the outcome of our reality and it’s so hard not letting that ruin core memories in our life,” Ocean said.  

Paul Quinn

The Irish electro-pop pioneer returns to the live stage on June 11 for their album launch show at The Pepper Canister Church, Dublin. The album Life on Earth is Quinn’s latest release and has been well worth the wait.  

So go see Paul Quinn perform live and learn about the meanings behind all of the songs. Tickets for the album launch show can be purchased here

SOAK – New album release TODAY!


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You read that correctly! If I Never Know You Like This Again was just released today, May 20. Monds-Watson is a popular Irish singer who is learning how to navigate life in the spotlight. Coming out as non-binary a couple of years ago has helped them perform more confidently and share the story of who they truly are. The new album features 10 lighthearted original songs and SOAK’s calming voice and instrumental background are perfect for soothing your brain in trying times.

SOAK is also going on tour in Europe and Ireland. Listen to the entire album performed live on May 26 at Whelan’s, Dublin. You can purchase your tickets here.

Bonus: GCN exclusive interview with SOAK on their newest album

GCN sat down with SOAK to learn more details behind If I Never Know You Like This Again, how the album was impacted by their gender identity journey, and more!

Looking for some more LGBTQ+ artists to check out? Here are five fresh queer Irish tracks to take a listen to.

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