9th August 2016
Festival, Press Release
POD & Hidden Agenda Present
3/4/5 November 2016
Music / Performance / Conversation / Installation
** FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT **
The award winning Metropolis Festival returns for its second chapter in November 2016, after its sell out first year. Set in the industrial array of warehouses and venues within the RDS complex across Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of November – this unique indoor event offers a tapestry of music, art installations, performance and conversation over 6 stages, to once again create a stunning playground for the senses. We will be whetting your appetite with many announcements of installations, collaborations and artists performing over the next 8 weeks but today we can reveal our first batch of music announcements…
Grace Jones | DJ Shadow | Solomun | Moderat
SBTRKT (DJ Set) | Booka Shade – Movements 10
BADBADNOTGOOD | Crystal Castles | The Sugarhill Gang
Fatima Yamaha | Fakear | Girl Band
And many more ….
‘an impressive collection of visually stunning stages.’ DJ Mag
‘A festival with a difference’ Irish Independent
‘chilled out vibe and knock your socks off line up’ nomoreworkhorse
‘Metropolis has given the Irish music scene a shot in the arm it didn’t think it even needed.’ The Last Mixed Tape
‘Winter in Ireland just became a lot less depressing’ state.ie
First up, as a new addition to this year’s proceedings, Thursday 3rd November will host a limited capacity METROPOLIS OPENING PARTY in The Shelbourne Hall, RDS which will feature none other than experimental hip hop DJ, producer and renowned turntable veteran, DJ SHADOW!!
Headlining the weekend is an artist who requires no introduction, Grace Jones. One of the most unforgettable artists to emerge from New York’s hedonistic Studio 54 disco scene in the late 70s, she is an incredible live performer and we can’t wait to welcome her to Metropolis this year.
His first time back in Ireland since 2010, we have none other than experimental hip hop DJ and renowned turntable veteran, DJ Shadow. Shadow’s first full-length LP, Endtroducing, was released in late 1996 to immense critical acclaim. His performance will incorporate the 20 year anniversary of this LP, frequently lauded as one of the most important works of the last 50 years.
Following on from his summer residency in Ibiza’s Pacha this year, we’re looking forward to Bosnian DJ/ producer Solomun. He’s played a major role in redefining Eastern European House Music, adding an exciting twist to the genre.
Moderat is a three-piece electronic music project hailing from Berlin. Made up of Sascha Ring, also known as Apparat, & Modeselektor members Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, Magnetic Magazine call this collaborative project ‘one of the most exciting things in dance music in recent history’.
SBTRKT aka Aaron Jerome, will be taking to the Metropolis stage with an amazing DJ set and light show. He’s remixed for heavyweights such as Radiohead, Underworld, MIA, Basement Jaxx and Mark Ronson and frequently collaborating with Sampha. This year saw the release of Save Yourself, the latest release from SBTRKT since his 2014 album Wonder Where We Land.
Berlin-based duo Booka Shade (Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier) have carved out a reputation as one of the most celebrated electronic acts to come out of Europe over the past two decades. This year marks the tenth anniversary of their era-defining and career-kickstarting Movements album. To celebrate the occasion they’ve re-issued the album, so now Movements 10 includes new masters and brand new versions of key tracks which the pair will be delivering live on the Metropolis stage.
Canadian group BADBADNOTGOOD have been blowing audiences away with their interpretations of hip hop tracks and have collaborated with the likes of Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown and Ghostface Killah. In July of this year they released their hotly anticipated album IV, featuring a track with Future Islands’ Sam Herring along with contributions from Kaytranada, Charlotte Day Wilson, Colin Stetson and Mick Jenkins.
Renowned for their chaotic live shows, we can’t wait for Canadian electroclash band Crystal Castles to hit the festival this year. Fresh from releasing a new track Concrete last week, a new album is expected to follow this August to keep us going ‘til November.
American hip-hop legends Sugar Hill Gang have been the inspiration to numerous hip hop artists over the course of the last 3 decades – and are the first group to have a rap single in the Billboard Charts with their anthemic Rappers Delight.
Fatima Yamaha is the moniker of Dutch electronic artist and producer, Bas Bron. His track What’s A Girl To Do is one of dance music’s most pronounced sleeper hits and this set is sure to be one to catch.
At only 24, French producer Theo Le Vigoureux aka Fakear, has already taken his energetic sound around the world playing sell out shows. Quickly emerging from the French electronic scene, it’s only taken 4 EP’s before he released his debut album Animal this year, which received serious hype and attention. This young producer’s popularity is only on the rise.
Irish quartet Girl Band have been thrilling audiences with their live shows both at home and abroad. The Irish Times said of the band ‘There really is no other Irish band around at the moment that can channel No Wave disharmony as well as Girl Band.’ Their debut album Holding Hands With Jamie was heaped with deserved critical acclaim.
Aside from a stellar line-up of musicians, we will be welcoming some leading talents to come and host conversations within the RDS. We’ll be announcing visual installations and lots more exciting elements soon.
** TICKETS **
This year we are also introducing a brand new Ticket Instalment Plan – this method can be used to purchase all tickets – you will only be available to select this option until the end of August. Pay 50% of your ticket now and settle the remainder of the balance before 03 October.
Early Bird Weekend tickets (Friday 4th & Saturday 5th) go on sale at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €129 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
DJ Shadow – Opening Party (Thursday 3rd) go on sale at at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €39.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend tickets (Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th / Saturday 5th) go on sale at at 9:00am this Thursday 11th August at €164.50 inc. booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets.
DJ Shadow – Opening Party
Thursday 3rd November
Bird (2 Day)
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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Prices include booking fee but subject to service charges.
Nov 3rd | 4th | 5th
Doors Thursday 7pm / Friday & Saturday 3pm
We have plenty more to announce so keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook for more details.
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