Archives: Live Reviews

Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the Sugar Club Read More

Pete Rock & CL Smooth, the Sugar Club

Pete Rock and CL Smooth are probably one of the best representatives of hip hop’s golden age. They experienced massive success but were never were ones to glorify violence, as was quite popular at the time. They instead choose to let the music itself do the talking. Their previous creative differences have been left in […]

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Reading Festival 2016 Read More

Reading Festival 2016

For almost as long as we can all remember, there has been the Reading and Leeds Festival. Two different locations across England, the same acts on all different days but the same level of excitement and atmosphere throughout both. The festival has played host to some of the biggest rock bands in the world. The […]

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Invisible Scratch Pickles – The Sugar Club Read More

Invisible Scratch Pickles – The Sugar Club

We don’t get too many international scratch DJs performing in Ireland. This meant that this weekend in The Sugar Club with the Invisible Scratch Pickles was a special occasion for many to bask in the glory of some of the best to ever do it. With a huge lineup of local talent on the bill […]

Young Phantom – Cyprus Avenue Cork Read More

Young Phantom – Cyprus Avenue Cork

Cork city faced the collision of genres in Cyprus Avenue as the lyrics of hip-hop artists Jafaris, Kestine and Roman XCV were aided by producer Nxstalgic, singer Andy Killian and the rock band Small Talk Radio to make a big statement of intent. Killian kicked off the night and his soulful voice and guitar playing […]

Longitude Festival – Saturday Read More

Longitude Festival – Saturday

Since Saturday was the first day to sell out, the fact that it’s appears even busier than the previous day is no surprise. The scorching weather always has a way of creating a celebratory atmosphere and Longitude is clearly the place to be if you’re in that mood. Stormzy kick things off on the main stage […]

Longitude Festival – Friday Read More

Longitude Festival – Friday

Longitude had perhaps the best lineup we’ve seen at any festival in a long time in Ireland. A whole slew of acts from local heroes Hare Squead and Rusangano Family to plenty of U.K/international offerings, it’s no wonder people showed up in the thousands to Marlay Park. The sold out festival was also lucky to be […]

Saturday – Forbbiden Fruit 2016 Read More

Saturday – Forbbiden Fruit 2016

To say that there was a few hiccups at Forbbiden Fruit on Saturday would be an understatement. Tickets sold out that morning, and the extra numbers of tickets released only went to fill the large venue almost beyond capacity. Queues were ridiculously long, whether you wanted a drink, to use the a.t.m or the toilet. […]

A$AP Nast, The Button Factory Read More

A$AP Nast, The Button Factory

Dah Jevu opened the proceedings with a new setup that we haven’t seen from them recently. They have ditched the live band in favour of turntables and it does wonders for the show. With both emcees sounding a lot clearer on the mike, it allows them to take centre stage and hold themselves like they […]

R.A the Rugged Man, The Sugar Club Read More

R.A the Rugged Man, The Sugar Club

R.A the Rugged Man’s live show can be likened to his music and lyrical content. They’re both cutting edge, visceral and demand instant attention. He gives everything he has to the crowd and expects the same back. It’s only right considering how long Rugged Man has been in the game that his intense energy is […]

Verb T, The Grand Social Read More

Verb T, The Grand Social

A good hip hop gig usually requires some hard work, but few artists can equal the effort put in by Verb T to make a good show, a great one. Hosting and judging the open mic competition, undertaking hype man duties for Moreone and performing for over an hour can’t be easy work but he […]

Rusangano Family – Workmans Club Read More

Rusangano Family – Workmans Club

Rusangano Family fairly got around this year. Since their last gig in the same venue earlier in March, they’ve played Forbidden Fruit, the Beatyard and countless other places and venues in and out of Ireland. With a handful of new tracks and a new set list arrangement they have somehow made an untouchable show even […]

Big Daddy Kane – Opium Room Read More

Big Daddy Kane – Opium Room

A fairly modest showing at the Opium Rooms could perhaps have been down to it being one of the coldest Tuesday nights of the year so far. However, that clearly didn’t faze Big Daddy Kane, even though he is one of the most highly regarded rappers that has been releasing music since the late 80’s. […]