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Kneecap are putting on a Michael Collins revenge party in West Cork this weekend

Kneecap are putting on a Michael Collins revenge party in West Cork this weekend

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Because of course they are!

Belfast agents of provo-cation and Irish language rappers Kneecap are putting on a weekend in West Cork’s fine venue of Connolly’s of Leap under the title Michael Collins Revenge Party this Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th of August. It comes after the centenary of the death of Collins in this week, at Béal na Bláth in 1922, 45 minutes up the road from the venue.

It kicks off at 2pm on Saturday in the small venue with one party lineup and a more chilled Sunday folky lineup of..

SATURDAY 27TH LINE UP: 2pm start

  • Kneecap
  • Jelani Blackman
  • Mango
  • Arveene
  • Lisa Oh

SUNDAY 28TH LINE UP: 4pm start

  • John Francis Flynn
  • Ispiní Na H’éireann
  • Pints And Tunes All Day

Cork based people there will be buses to and back. Tickets are €30 per day or €50 for the weekend from Connolly’s website.

Mo Chara, DJ Provaí and Moglaí Bap are Kneecap. Artist bios below.

There was a storm over a mural they unveiled last week before their big Belfast hometown show, which you can read about here.

The town of Leap gets its name from a chieftain called O’Donovan, who was pursued by English soldiers, but escaped them by jumping across a ravine on the western side of the village. Hence, the venue’s tagline “Beyond the Leap, Beyond the Law”.

The Legendary Kneecap, merging Irish with English, satire with socially conscious lyrics, and reality with absurdity, theirs is a voice which comes screaming from the too-often deprived areas of the North of Ireland, speaking in a language which is too-often ignored, and it makes for suitably electrifying stuff.

Jelani Blackman, a diverse rapper and singer, set to take the music industry by storm. Born and raised in London, growing up Jelani was heavily influenced by soul and RnB but grew up at a time when Grime was everywhere.

Arveene Juthan, who DJs as Arveene, is a connoisseur of the Irish dance world. Whether behind the decks in Dublin clubs, or behind the books curating events around the world, Arveene has well over a decade of experience in the industry, and has made plenty of friends and connections along the way.

Mango – “who makes rap records for the people who go to work with the club stamp still on their wrists”.

Lisa OH – is a Cork based dj that plays a wide mixture of afrobeat, afrodisco, hip hop and electro to disco. Her style is eclectic and exciting.

John Francis Flynn, whose work centres around traditional and folk material from Ireland – “Human experience burns ferociously on this extraordinary debut from the uncompromising Irish artist John Francis Flynn, An extraordinary debut” The Guardian

Foot stomping tunes from Ispíní na hEireann, who sprang from a meeting of greases in the clogged arteries of the Irish music scene. Since 2018 they have been spewing trad, folk and original music into the ears of their unsuspecting listeners and their upcoming album is sure to turn many’s the radio off.