As we gear up for Metropolis Festival on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th October at the RDS, Ian Lamont takes a look at five acts you don’t want to miss.
Cassia O’Reilly is a 20-year old London-based Wicklovian who looks destined to go places. Working with producer Mura Mura, Bonzai’s R’n’B tinged electronica brings some cartoonish, day-glo raves vibes and, in the case of the most recent single I Feel Alright, a giant pop chorus.
A Los Angeleno via Alabama and Indiana, KÁRYYN’s debut track referenced her own Syrian heritage – its title Aleppo a word that became seared into Western consciences in 2016.
While there’s no denying the influence of FKA Twigs on KÁRYYN’s music with its glitching electronics and intimate soprano vocals, it’s also uniquely exciting music, and a name we’re likely to hear a lot more of in the future.
Apologies to Laurent Garnier fans but ’90s R’n’B royalty TLC are the real jawdropper of the Metropolis bill. Sadly missing the departed Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez, T-Boz and Chili are playing the first ever Irish date on the back of their self-titled comeback album. We can only foresee joyous mayhem when they drop No Scrubs. ** ED’s Note – Since going to press TLC have postponed their Metropolis appearance
We still can’t get enough of the New Jackson debut proper From Night to Night, and with good reason: it’s one of the strongest records of Kittser’s entire career.
Metropolis should be a big set for the hometown boy with the tunes road-hardened from a summer of playing out.
Having finally followed up 2013’s Cold Spring Fault Less Youth, the MK boys are back on the live trail with new record Love What Survives which took a surprising turn towards a sort of post-punk sound world.
Words: Ian Lamont