Ireland’s avant-garde queen, Róisín Murphy first became known in the 1990s as one-half of the UK alt-dance duo Moloko, before embarking on a solo career revealing her wonderfully idiosyncratic music, fashion, and performance sensibilities. Over the course of four solo albums and numerous side projects, with collaborators including Matthew Herbert, Eddie Stevens and DJ Koze, Róisín has picked up nominations for the Mercury Music Prize and Ireland's Choice Music Prize, consistently adding bold new surprises to her sound with each successive record. Her thirst for running with playful and adventurous new identities has given us enthralling tracks merging classic pop hooks, electronica, house and disco, and her shape-shifting visual persona never ceases to provoke and delight in equal measure.
Flying the flag for indie rock, Mac DeMarco is like an oddball eternal teenager with a certain happy-go-lucky fragility. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist in every sense of the word, his third album This Old Dog sees him change direction, taking us into a psychedelia-tinged world set to a lo-fi backdrop that’s almost entirely acoustic. More laid-back and calmer than previous releases, the record shows off his talent for writing wonderful irony-filled ditties.
Villagers will headline and curate the Saturday night of Metropolis Festival 2018. Conor O’Brien’s fourth studio album, The Art Of Pretending To Swim, will be released by Domino on Friday 21st September. Following a brilliant performance on the main stage for the inaugural All Together Now alongside Fleet Foxes & First Aid Kit this August Bank Holiday...this will be the Villagers biggest indoor Irish performance to date and only indoor Dublin show in 2018.
Grandbrothers is a piano/electronic duo formed in Düsseldorf by Swiss Lukas Vogel and German Erol Sarp. 2015, the duo were set to release their debut full-length album. Dilation was a confluence of techno, ambient music, minimalism, and IDM, which they achieved through an unusual technique. The album was based around piano played through a self-invented system of electro-mechanical hammers, which resulted in a fresh and original sound. The band went on to sign to the independent label City Slang, who released their follow-up LP. Open appeared in 2017, and built on the sweeping sound they had created on their debut. The record was preceded by the single "Bloodflow”.
The Master of Ceremonies...know for his whimsical musical comedy and armed with his trusty keyboard we are chuffed to have DAVID O'DOHERTY join us for the Saturday night of Metropolis. Expect to hear some jaunty jingles and some quirky observations from the Dublin comedian. A regular face on panel shows such as ‘8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown’, ‘QI’, ‘Would I Lie To You’, along with his many festival appearances both at home and abroad including Edinburgh Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festival - you’re in for a treat with his latest show!
Prepare to catch the brilliant UK trio FRIENDLY FIRES. They have burst back on to the scene following a 5 year hiatus with new singles, a brand new album (due out next year) and some serious live dates. Following on from the recent single ‘Love Like Waves’ the band stormed a series of sold out live dates in the UK, where the live reviews have been nothing short of incredible. . Expect some new tracks to be interwoven with some of their stand out tunes like ‘Kiss Of Life’, ‘Skeleton Boy’ and ‘Paris’.
The Scottish hip-hop trio were Mercury Music Prize winners in 2014 for their album ‘Dead’, fighting off serious competition. Their live shows have caused jaws to drop wherever they perform. Music website The Line of Best Fit said of the band, "London crowds can be the hardest to move, but within minutes this one is feral". The band released their third studio album earlier this year ‘Cocoa Sugar’ - their performance should not be missed!
Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as Blood Orange, Negro Swan, released on Domino Frida August 24, 2018. Hynes released Coastal Grooves in 2011, the first of three solo albums under the moniker Blood Orange. His last album, Freetown Sound, was released to critical acclaim in 2016, and saw Hynes defined as one of the foremost musical voices of his time, receiving comparisons to the likes of Kendrick Lamar and D’Angelo for his own searing and soothing personal document of life as a black man in America. He has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Skepta, fka twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen, A$AP Rocky, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Blondie, and many other artists.
The Black Madonna
‘A sublime technician behind the decks known for fluent and dynamic vinyl sets, which span from disco to techno.’ (Resident Advisor) Of her philosophy she said, “Dance music needs riot grrrls. Dance music needs Patti Smith. Dance music does not need more of the status quo.” We concur.
Gwenno Saunders is a sound artist, DJ, radio presenter and singer from Cardiff. She returned this year with a new record titled ‘Le Kov.’ The record was released on 2nd March and follows 2014’s critically acclaimed ‘Y Dydd Olaf.’ Like her debut, ‘Le Kov’ is a bold statement on the importance of protecting minority languages & has come about with long-term collaborator Rhys Edwards. Where her debut had nine songs in Welsh, the last track ‘Amser’ was in Cornish, and this is where Gwenno continues her trailblazing mission, picking up exactly where ‘Y Dydd Olaf’ left off. Written entirely in Cornish, ‘Le Kov’ translates as “the place of memory”.
Making waves on the Irish music scene is the super talented folk singer DAVID KEENAN. Words and melody took hold of David at a very early age. Exposed to the writings of Behan, Yeats, and Wilde with the soundtrack of Dylan, Buckley and The Dubliners illuminating his formative years. Having played alongside the likes of Mick Flannery, Hothouse Flowers, Damien Dempsey and Glen Hansard, David is fast becoming one of Ireland's most talked about young artists. Directed by the talented Myles O’Reilly, check out David’s track 'Cobwebs.
With their signature melodies and rhythmic, raucous pizazz, Irish 8-piece BOOKA BRASS will join us this October bank holiday. Featuring trumpets, trombones, saxophones, sousaphones and drums – these guys know how to get a party started. They’ve performed the length and breadth of the country and have been special guests to the likes of Hot 8 Brass Band and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Metropolis returns for its 4th edition in the RDS following last year’s triumphant sell-out Bank Holiday Weekend. Metropolis Festival is a multi-stage, indoor winter music festival & conference which launched 2015 in the RDS and was the first of its kind in Ireland. Taking place across the October Bank Holiday Weekend, the festival has created a whole new experience in the Irish festival landscape. Music flow’s out of bespoke stages, housed in multiple warehouse spaces within the RDS, conversations take place with Red Bull Music Academy and installations that challenge the senses. One of the festival objectives is to create a unique and abstract identity each year to continuously captivate its audience. Over the last three years, this unique indoor has become a staple on the Irish festival calendar. Metropolis is now operating an over 21's age policy.