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It’s hard to believe that it’s time for Nova Discovered again. Has it really just been a year since

Inside A Wave were crowned our first winners for Nova Discovered. It was an amazing competition with hundreds of top quality entries. Our judges had a tough time deciding which acts would go through to the final and then we had an amazing final night in Tramline.
Inside A Wave have spent the year going from strength to strength and their new single ‘Organ’ has become a firm favourite on Radio Nova But it’s time to start again and we are incredibly excited. The website is live, the judges are in place and the dates have been set and prizes organised. Have you got what it takes to be the 2019 winner of Nova Discovered.
If you want to enter, just upload your music and all your details and leave the rest to us


Radio Nova has once again teamed up with MINI for Nova Discovered, one of the largest searches for unsigned musical talent in Irish radio history. There was a amazing reaction to the competition last year and we expect it to be even bigger and better in 2019. For everything you need to know about Nova Discovered but were afraid to ask make sure you tune into Radio Nova 100 or download The Radio Nova App.

Nova Discovered is proudly sponsored by MINI.

Making legends since 1959.

MINI knows what it takes a make hit and build a fanbase of millions. That's why we're getting behind Nova Discovered. To learn more about MINI, click here


Its been an amazing year for last years Nova Discovered winners, Inside A Wave. Check out the track ‘Enough’ which they entered into the competition and also see their live performance of ‘Organ’ from last year’s final. And if you’re at Forbidden Fruit check out the band on the Monday afternoon.


The winning act will pick up a prize package worth €30,000. It includes new Music Equipment, Studio time in Orphan Studios with the legendary producer Gavin Glass, full Radio Coverage for the act including live On Air sessions and a coveted place on the Radio Nova Playlist. The act will also receive a very generous advertising campaign on the Radio Station. We will also hire a publicist for the winning act who will guide them through the publicity world. And to top it all we’ve secured a support slot with Aslan in the Iveagh Gardens on Saturday July 13th.


Due to popular demand we have extended the closing date for entries to Thursday midnite 23rd May

Your entry must consist of the following:

  • -Your track. (-provide a bio and photo of yourselves.)
  • --agree to be available for the semi-final (provisional date 6th June) and also 20th June (in the event that they make it to the final)
  • --agree to promote Nova Discovered with relevant hashtags

The judges will shortlist 50 artists and their profiles / info/ track will be listed and showcased on

On the week commencing the 27th May the shortlist of 8 artists will be selected by the judges for the semi-final.

The live semi-final will take place on Thursday 6th June with all 8 semi-finalist performing in front of the judges and a live audience.

The Nova Discovered Final will take place on thre 20th June and will feature the 4 finalists and 1 extra wildcard artist, selected by Nova Listeners and voted on

Best of luck to everyone.

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