Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of our Generation

Posted 10 months ago in Festival Features

BIMM January 2018
Bello Bar

This year’s St Patrick’s Festival offers plenty to look forward to, not least of which is Young Blood, a hotly anticipated event already shaping up to be one of those nights you’ll be glad to have witnessed.

Placing the myriad voices of a young Irish generation front and centre, the event showcases the work of Ireland’s emerging creatives, amplified through some of its most expressive musicians, poets, storytellers, rappers and creative producers.

Inspired by Dubliner Stephen James Smith‘s response to the Festival’s theme “Ireland You Are…” Young Blood promises a powerful collective performance from some of our smartest, most articulate young poets and musicians, as they take to the stage of the National Concert Hall to dissect and celebrate Ireland ‘as she is’.

Young Blood promises a fascinating evening reflecting a snapshot of our evolving cultural identity, as some of Ireland’s leading young musicians, rappers and poets meander their way through the genres of hip hop and spoken word.

The rhythms and musings of a young Irish generation intertwine, as wordsmith Stephen James Smith is joined by a steller lineup of poets including Abby Oliveria; the formidable Emmet Kirwan (of Heartbreak, Dublin Oldschool and RIOT fame); Colm Keegan, John Cummins; FelispeaksSarah Clancy and 16 year old Natalya O’ Flaherty.



Curated by Aoife Woodlock, Music Producer of Other Voices, the Young Blood line-up also features RTÉ Choice Music Prize nominees, Rusangano Family, Dublin’s soul pop rappers, Hare Squead, and the UK’s Kojey Radical (UK), credited for his explosive live shows and subversive storytelling ability. Vocalist and musician Katie Laffan completes the stellar list, with some additional surprises planned for the night itself.


Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

National Concert Hall

18th March

Tickets: €18.00 / 22.50 / 25.00 / 30.00 available via the National Concert Hall website 
Doors: 7.30PM

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