A free open-air gig is taking place this Saturday October 22nd headlined by a rare set from Irish R&B artist Cosha (formerly known as Bonsai).
Liberty Vibe takes place from 3pm to 9pm at Dublin’s Liberty Park, at Foley Street in the North East Inner City.
Cosha headlines and is joined by indie-punk duo Nixer, seven-piece jazz-funk-soul band Cooks But We’re Chefs, hip-hop artist Temi Nla, singer-songwriter Chloe Harris and sister duo Zeztra, along with dance programmed by Black Canvas Curations and visuals by Contour.
Many of the artists are local to the area too.
The concert is an initiative by Dublin City Council, with support from the Local Live Performance Programming Scheme.
3:00pm – 3:30pm Chloe Harris
3:35pm – 4:05pm Temi Nla
4:15pm – 5:00pm Zeztra
5:15pm – 6:00pm Cooks But We’re Chefs
6:15pm – 7:00pm Black Canvas Curations
7:15pm – 8:00pm Nixer
8:15pm – 9:00pm Cosha
“One of the few positive takeaways from the pandemic was that it helped us to re-imagine how we could use outdoor spaces for live events. Liberty Park is just a tiny patch of the city, but the intimate concert will further demonstrate the potential for similar temporary cultural events and happenings. It is wonderful to see so many local artists playing at the concert. Music sounds better shared, and I would invite the local community, as well as visitors to the city, to come be inspired by our local talent”.Dublin City Arts Officer Ray Yeates
Liberty Park is located on Foley Street. It sits adjacent to Dublin City Arts Office, The LAB Gallery, and DanceHouse. The park is a 5 minute walk from Dublin’s Connolly Station.
Raised between Dublin and Wicklow, London-based artist Cosha brings her spellbinding sounds to Liberty Park. Her critically acclaimed debut album has been described as “a luscious, confident and carefree record that could only have been crafted by someone in complete control of their artistic intentions”. Accompanied by two dancers and Sean Nós singer, Saileog Ní Cheannabháin, Cosha blends the traditional with the contemporary in a scintillating performance not to be missed.
Formed in the early days of the pandemic, it was in May 202 that Nixer took to the stage in their hometown of Dublin for what was their first proper Irish outing, as part of The Road to the Great Escape. On their performance, Hot Press Magazine wrote, “In a complete change of pace, electro-punk duo Nixer bounds to the stage to deliver their own musical assertion. Peggs and Nixer have stayed true to their fresh and Irish roots, both musically and stylistically, as they craft their sound of Irish alternative-electro music over in London. Catch the duo at Liberty Park, Dublin on Saturday 22nd October.
Cooks But We’re Chefs are a 7-piece band from Dublin. Their sound encapsulates elements of house, funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop. Their highly energetic show has been well received across Ireland and the UK festival circuits. 2020 saw the release of their successful debut EP ‘Sports Day’ showcasing the wide variety of sounds the band has to offer. Each member brings their own flavour to the music, creating an overall unique sound. Dublin has always been an important part of Cooks But We’re Chefs, with members coming from North Dublin (Raheny, Howth, Drumcondra), Lucan and Mountjoy Street in Dublin City. Mountjoy Street has played a vital role in the formation of the band. For five years, it was where the band wrote, rehearsed and recorded as well as performed, featuring regularly at the annual street party.
Tobi Balogun, Founder and Artistic Director of Black Canvas Curations, presents a showcase of the rich subculture of neo Irish-Afrolism for Liberty Vibe. Neo Irish-Afrolism is a healthy blend of Irish, UK, West-African and American culture, which is expressed using rap music, social dance, fashion and art. With performances from Luke Andrew Feeney, Sly Sode, Vithoria Escobar, Adam Stapleton and more, Black Canvas Curations will bring together new voices in Irish culture for a vibrant cross artform presentation.
Zeztra are a sister duo born and raised in East Wall, Dublin. A local act excited to play a stone’s throw away from where they live, their unique captivating harmonies are the driving force behind their sound. Of course, being sisters, they have been singing and creating music together from a very young age, but it was only in 2019 that Zeztra formed. Opening for Maverick Sabre in the Academy Dublin in 2019 is when it all started to happen for Zeztra. From there, they went on tour around the UK and US performing at several of his shows at classic venues such as Brixton Academy, London and Rough Trade, Brooklyn, New York.
Christian Temitope Elliot is a 17 year old Irish-Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer from the North East Inner City’s Sheriff Street. Temi Nla, meaning Temi the Great, comes from his African name, Temitope, of his father’s Yoruba tribe in Nigeria. Temi has always been an entertainer. With inspirations such as Chris Brown and Neyo, Temi started out as a producer making beats for his friends, but soon realised his place was on the stage. Temi was born for the limelight.
Twenty-two year old Chloe Harris has been singing for as long as she can remember. Born and raised on Sheriff Street, Chloe has performed locally for many years, from community talent shows to busking in the city centre. Chloe has even auditioned for the X Factor. Passionate about supporting and platforming local talent, Chloe attributes her love of music and performance to her local youth centre, The Swan, and hopes to see others from her community follow in her footsteps.
Conan Wynne, aka Contour, supplies visuals and creates installations on an international scale. Providing animations and lighting for the big screen, and more recently, custom laser animation shows, his work takes inspiration from glitch art and electronic music culture, syncing abstract textures with geometrical fluctuations.