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POD & Hidden Agenda Present


Mother City


Music / Performance / Conversation / Installation

Royal Dublin Society, Anglesea Road, Dublin 4

3/4/5 November 2016



Joining us across the weekend

Karl Hyde (Underworld)  | Wolfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk) | Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) & Matt Thorne  | Saul Williams | Ralph Rolle (CHIC) | Wonder Mike & Master Gee (The Sugarhill Gang)|  Jessy Lanza |  Fantasy 12: Sleeve Notes | Krystal Klear | New Jackson

And many more..

The beautiful setting of the Concert Hall in the RDS will be the hub of one of Metropolis Festival’s core elements. We are proud to partner with Red Bull Music Academy to host a series of conversations focusing on and highlighting the creativity that works in tandem with the music – the work of  visual artists, authors, DJs, producers and promoters, for example. To that end, we have curated an incredible line up of speakers for Friday and Saturday of this year’s festival.

The Red Bull Music Academy have been pairing music legends and emerging beatsmiths since 1998 in cities such as Berlin, Cape Town, Melbourne, Barcelona, Rome, São Paulo, London, Tokyo and New York City. This unique combination of old school knowledge and new school sounds is unrivalled for its creative exploration and achievement. Each Academy edition leaves behind structures to encourage musical collaboration and creative exchange for years to come. Currently there are twelve fully equipped Red Bull Studios around the world. So, without further ado, let’s tell you what we’ve got in store!

We’ll be welcoming Underworld’s Karl Hyde! Karl will be celebrating the publication of  I Am Dogboy, a beautiful, full colour collection of diaries and photographs he’s been putting together since ‘99.  The book, released on 2 November,  follows Hyde from childhood through to the exploratory early years of one of the world’s most renowned electronic acts, Underworld. This is an exceptionally special, once off event, happening only with us at the RDS! He will be talking about the book, with visual accompaniment and signing copies afterwards. Do not miss!

Wolfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk), one of the most famous musicians in the history of electronica, will be joining us for an in-depth Q&A. Flür was the electro-drummer for German quartet Kraftwerk from 1974 to 1987. Kraftwerk are regarded as leaders in electro-music, with their influence having a lasting impact on many genres of music, including synthpop, hip hop and dance music.

With the incredibly sad passing of musical genius Prince earlier this year, we have invited Alexis Taylor (lead vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist with Hot Chip) and novelist Matt Thorne to take to the stage to discuss Prince’s life and outstanding body of work.  Matt is the author of ‘Prince’, his acclaimed book which focuses on Prince’s amazing musical output over the course of his career.

Prepare to be utterly enthralled by our next guest, Saul Williams. Williams has been breaking ground since 2001 and has gained global fame for his poetry and writings. He’s performed in places like The White House, Sydney Opera House, The Louvre, to countless villages, townships, community centers across the world. He will be doing a live spoken word performance, followed by an in depth interview and Q&A.

Ralph Rolle, drummer with CHIC and musical legend will be joined on stage by Hot Press’ Stuart Clark. They will be discussing Ralph’s 3 decades of professional experience, performing and recording with the likes of Nile Rodgers and CHIC, Sting, Bono, Bette Midler, Biggie Smalls, Aretha Franklin, Queen Latifah, Slash, D’Angelo, John Legend, Paul Simon and many more. He will also be giving a live drum workshop, which will appeal not only to drummers but all manner of musicians and vocalists. This is a real chance to see a drumming icon up close and personal.

We look forward to catching Wonder Mike and Master Gee of the seminal hip hop group, The Sugarhill Gang, too. Come check them out as they talk about their careers as musical pioneers, being renowned as the band to introduce hip hop to audiences in the US and around the world.

Canadian electronic songwriter, producer and vocalist Jessy Lanza has been described as ‘the latest and possibly greatest of the new ethereal soul girls’ by The Guardian and we look forward to hearing her discussing her records, career and experimentations.

For any aspiring electronic artists, the Irish Electronic Artists Panel is a must see. Featuring Irish acts like Krystal Klear & New Jackson (and more!), they’ll be talking about the business side of electronic music, their careers and how to breakthrough as electronic artists hailing from Ireland.

Hen’s Teeth Prints presents Fantasy 12 : Sleeve Notes , a celebration of iconic record artwork and what it takes to visually interpret the work of a musician. They’ll delve into how labels and artists get connected, the process of collaboration, and the push and pull between artist, label and musician in the process.

There are only 4 weeks left until we throw open the doors at the RDS to bring you a stellar line-up of amazing artists, tonnes of fascinating speakers and panels to check out, a host of fantastic art installations to see – and the world’s largest Mirror Ball, to boot!  Stay tuned for even more art and visual installations to be announced next week.

The countdown is ON.

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Karl Hyde (Underworld)  | Wolfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk) | Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) & Matt Thorne  | Saul Williams | Ralph Rolle (CHIC) | Wonder Mike & Master Gee (The Sugarhill Gang)|  Jessy Lanza |  Fantasy 12: Sleeve Notes | Krystal Klear | New Jackson

And many more..

Across The Three Days

Grace Jones | DJ Shadow (Opening Party) | Solomun | Moderat | Mount Kimbie

Paul Kalkbrenner | Jack Garratt | Groove Armada (DJ Set) | SBTRKT (DJ Set) Booka Shade – Movements 10 | Floating Points (3hr DJ Set) BADBADNOTGOOD | Crystal Castles

The Sugarhill Gang | Shura | Clams Casino | Klangkarussell | Cyril Hahn | Jessy Lanza | Novelist | Fatima Yamaha | Fakear | Superpoze | New Jackson |Girl Band | Mall Grab | White Collar Boy | DJ Deece

& more to be announced


DJ Shadow – Opening Party

Thursday 3rd November


Weekend Early

Bird (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


Day Tickets

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


Weekend (2 Day)

Friday 4th / Saturday 5th


DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day)

Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th /Saturday 5th


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Metropolis Festival

Nov 3rd | 4th | 5th

Doors Thursday 7pm / Friday & Saturday 3pm

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