Events 2018

Festival Events

Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

8:00 PM, Sat, 18 Mar

Venue: National Concert Hall

Tickets: 18.00 / 22.50 / 25.00 / 30.00 / 35.00euro

When the rhythms, the musings and the mutterings of a young Irish generation intertwine its bound to be one of those special nights you just have to witness.

Young Blood will meander through the genres of hip hop and spoken word in what promises to be a powerful collective performance of Ireland’s smartest, expressive young musicians, rappers and poets. Curated by Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer of Other Voices the line up includes: RTÉ Choice Music Prize Winners, Rusangano Family, Dublin’s soul pop rappers, Hare Squead, named in NME’s top ten BEST new bands to watch for in 2017. Kojey Radical (UK), nominated for two MOBO awards in 2016 and credited for his explosive live shows and subversive storytelling ability.

Dublin poet Stephen James Smith’s response to a spoken word commission on the Festival’s theme Ireland You Are…inspired, Young Blood. Smith is central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word genre in Ireland today. His passionate delivery of epic new poem My Ireland, most recently performed at the Oscar Wilde Awards in LA, is something not to be missed.

Smith is joined by: poets, Abby Oliveira; Colm Keegan, the formidable Emmet Kirwan (Heartbreak, Dublin Old School, RIOT); poetician, John Cummins; 16 year old Natalya O’Flaherty; Felispeaks and Sarah Clancy. Vocalist and musician, Katie Laffan complete the stellar line up, though expect more surprises on the night!

Young Blood will amplify the voice of a generation!!

Abby Oliveira
Colm Keegan
Emmet Kirwan
Hare Squead
John Cummins 
Katie Laffan
Kojey Radical (UK)
Natalya O’Flaherty 
The Rusangano Family
Sarah Clancy
Stephen James Smith

This unique event will present a snapshot of our evolving cultural identity, reflecting Ireland’s emerging creative producers; our leading musicians, poets, storytellers and rappers.

All important tickets for Young Blood are available to purchase on the National Concert Hall website from 18 euro.

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