BIMM Dublin graduates see success

17 February, 2023

We are so proud of all our graduates, but BIMM Dublin’s alumni, in particular, have been on a roll lately.

Anna Mieke receives stellar Guardian review

BIMM Dublin graduate Anna Mieke has received a review from The Guardian, a publication known for its extensive and revered album reviews.

Anna’s second album, Theatre, received a four-star review from The Guardian, who called it ‘Spellbinding’. It also received praise from Brooklyn Vegan, MOJO and Uncut, among others, and was nominated for Album of the Year (2022) in Ireland’s ‘Choice Awards’.

Her critically acclaimed debut album, Idle Mind from 2019, garnered Anna Mieke a nomination in the ‘Best Emerging Act’ category at the RTÉ Folk Awards and led to headline tours across Spain, UK, and Ireland, with a week-long residency in New York, collaborating with NYC-based musicians and composers.

A number of BIMM grads become Keychange signees

BIMM Music Institute Dublin graduates Pastiche and Katie Phelan have signed with Keychange, a global initiative working towards a total restructuring of the music industry by achieving gender equality.

Supported by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations. Their career development programme for underrepresented talent, paired with their gender balance pledge for music organisations alongside their manifesto that influences companies and their policies, are just a few things that Keychange are implementing to make the music industry a more welcoming place.

Signees include BIMM Music Institute Dublin graduates Pastiche and Katie Phelan, as well as Music Business tutor Maya Cullen Petrovic who is participating as an innovator and is available for conferences.

The Murder Capital placed No.1 in the Irish Album charts

BIMM Dublin graduates The Murder Capital have received critical acclaim for their sophomore album, Gigi’s Recovery. The album was released on the band’s own record label, Human Season Records.

After receiving a 5-star rating from The Guardian and The Observer, a 9/10 from Line of Best Fit and an 85/100 from Metacritic, the band shot up the Irish Albums charts to receive their first no.1 album. The album achieved an impressive chart position of 16th in the UK Album charts and 3rd in the UK Independent Album charts.

Fontaines D.C. receives Best International Group at BRIT Awards

BIMM Dublin’s Fontaines D.C. have been going from strength to strength since graduating back in 2017. Their latest success story involves them picking up Best International Group at the 2023 BRIT Award ceremony.

The band were up against stiff opposition in the form of K-pop megastars Blackpink, rap tag team Drake & 21 Savage, Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit and Compton-based Soul trio Gabriels. They were previously nominated for the category in 2021 but lost out to rock sisters Haim.

In other news, in an interview with NME, the band’s Carlos O’Connell and Conor Deegan III spoke about their upcoming North American tour with the iconic Arctic Monkeys. The shows will be in support of Arctic Monkeys’ latest album, ‘The Car’, which was released on October 21 via Domino.

Check the interview out in the link below. They all mention their scholarship with us and their iconic Glastonbury performance.