Fresh from playing to 10,000 people at Falls Park and unveiling their latest mural over the weekend, the Belfast rap trio of Kneecap have announced they will close out the year with a big show at Belfast’s Ulster Hall this December.
Kneecap started out as an Irish-language rap duo sending up the British political class in Ireland, while putting out songs about sniffer dogs, imaginary benders where they took drugs with UK politicians, getting kicked off stage in UCD during a gig and generally riling up the Unionists and Conservatives.
Condemned by politicians, beloved by fans, kicked out of their own gigs, and packing festival tents to overflow, Kneecap are a cultural phenomenon.
Since they emerged from a squat in West Belfast, Kneecap have created their own genre of Irish punk rap, melding the Irish and English language with electrifying energy, and spearheading a cultural revival. With shows and tracks flip between satirical performance art and rampageous raves, meet Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara, and DJ Provaí.
Crashing into the consciousness with the release of, C.E.A.R.T.A., a track and video inspired by a police chase while protesting for Irish language rights, they’ve proceeded to run rampage across small rooms and massive festivals in Ireland, the UK, and the US, leaving a bemused media and captivated followers in their wake.
Heralded by the New York Times, the LA Times, Dazed, Vice, i-D, the Guardian, and others, Kneecap’s irreverent, complex, and potent lyrics speak to a time of political upheaval, youthful rebellion and discontent, and a renewed urge to party.
Kneecap is a movement, one about upending preconceptions about language and place, and reimagining what rap can be as a creative and cultural force, rooted in community, craic, and defiance.