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We are delighted to announce the return of the award-winning Metropolis Festival 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 it’s audience. Over the last three years, this unique indoor has become a staple on the Irish festival calendar.

We recently announced 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.

We are thrilled to announce the inimitable ROISIN MURPHY will be taking to the stage. This Irish art pop pioneer has an incredible repertoire of all out danceable hits, and brings an added layer of theatre to her performances with her stunning costumes. This pop goddess has recently released a series of self-directed videos for new tracks, including All My Dreams and Plaything.  Turn them up - LOUD! She consistently brings her rapt audiences on unforgettable journeys through her live performances. Come join them!

Canadian singer, songwriter and producer MAC DEMARCO will return to our shores for the first time in 2 years. He has been writing, recording, and releasing an album of his own music nearly every year. The critically acclaimed This Old Dog makes for his fifth in just over half a decade - bringing the total to 3 LPs and 2 EPs. In May of this year, he released two brand new tunes “recorded on the red carpet at the Met Gala”. Check out ‘She’s My Sweet’ and ‘F*ck The Toronto Raptors’.

Producer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, songwriter and vocalist Devonté Hynes returns with his fourth album as BLOOD ORANGE, Negro Swan, released on Domino on 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.
Scottish hip-hop trio YOUNG FATHERS will also be joining us this October bank holiday. They scooped the coveted Mercury Music Prize 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!   

‘A sublime technician behind the decks, THE BLACK MADONNA is 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.

German piano/electronic duo GRANDBROTHERS are ones to check out at this year’s Metropolis. 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”.

We can’t wait to catch the amazing GWENNO. 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”.
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