Saturday 17 March 2018

Seven must-see acts to catch at this weekend's Metropolis festival

Metropolis takes place in the RDS on Friday and Saturday
Metropolis takes place in the RDS on Friday and Saturday

Sasha Brady

Metropolis kicked off at the RDS last night with an opening set from DJ Shadow but the party is just getting started today. The festival will be celebrating electronic music in its many forms and we've picked seven acts that you can't afford to miss this weekend.

Feather [aka Fehdeh] (Shelbourne Hall, 4.30-5.20pm)

Despite the name, the vibes are anything but soft. This is a swaggering, emboldened and empowering female artist packing a unique blend of jazz, Afro neo-soul and hip hop funk that's guaranteed to make the audience groove, even the ones who rushed to the RDS straight from the office and have yet to abandon their blue shirts and ties.

Shaun Roberts [Fabric] / Luc and Ernst [De School] / Dave Parle [Hidden Agenda] (Friday, Main Hall, 4-4.45pm)

As Fabric, one of the UK's most internationally renowned nightclubs, closes down it leaves the future of European nightlife in a precarious state. Are more clubs at risk? Can Ireland and the UK learn anything from progressive cities like Amsterdam and Berlin? These are the questions that the panel will attempt to answer on the night. Audience participation is encouraged.

Badbadnotgood (Friday, Main Hall, 5.45-645pm)

The Toronto jazz-hip hop fusion (jazz-hop? hip-jazz?) have a cult following in Ireland and their previous sold-out Dublin shows have inspired an almost tribal, feverish lauding from their hardcore fans. A mix of high-energy jazz and moody hip-hop is perfect for this time of the evening.

Novelist (Friday, Serpentine Hall, 7.45-8.15pm)

There's no denying that grime is the biggest thing happening in British music right now and it's finally getting the international recognition it deserves. South London teenage grime MC and producer Novelist will be filling the Serpentine Hall with the gritty rhymes of the genre, tinged with plenty of political discourse.

Floating Points (Saturday, Serpentine Hall, 8-11pm)

As a DJ, Sam Shepherd blends all sorts of diverse styles from psychedelic Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean influenced jazz to his own curiously, complex tracks. Take comfort in the fact that his set is three hours' long - if your night hits a lull, there's always somewhere to go for a quick pick-me-up.

Lumo (Saturday, Industries Hall, 8.30-10pm)

If you've seen DJs Niall Byrne, Simon Roche and Gavin Elsted at their monthly club night in Tengu, you know that you can expect anything from Phil Collins to Caribou and Chic to lure you into a neon-tinged stupor. The gloriously positive and uplifting set will make you forget all about November and its chilly temperatures, probably before the second track has even kicked in.

Grace Jones (Main Hall, Saturday, 10-11.30pm)

The OAP powerhouse has enough energy, charisma and fire to make even the youngest of concert-goers question their own energy levels. She'll wriggle her tail at you and prance about the stage with all the grace of a panther. You'll stand there in open-mouthed awe and in the weeks following you'll start every conversation with a fond "That time we saw Grace Jones..."

Metropolis Festival takes place in the RDS on Friday, November 4 and Saturday, November 5.

One-day ticket costs €79.50.

See the full line-up here.

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