After a quietly busy 2018, Cork-based hip-hop collective Outsiders Ent. kicked off their year last week with the announcement of Outsiders Festival, an all-dayer happening March 2nd at Cork’s newly-expanded Cyprus Avenue. Organised in collaboration with Dublin’s WordUp Collective, the event promises “a celebration of the urban music and culture scene in Ireland”.
Shoring up the top of the billing is Leeside workhorse Outsider Yp (pronounced ‘y-p’, a stylisation of previous moniker Young Phantom), just off the release last week of new single ‘Hunnids’ with Cork wordsmith HLYWD, also on the festival’s billing. Also confirmed for the event at present are high-energy live favourites Tebi Rex(pictured), emerging hip-hop property JyellowL, local one-to-watch Jay Ronic, Irish urban-music legend Stevie G, and Jordan Adetunji.
The Outsiders collective itself will be well-represented on the night, with members Olympìo and Kestine taking solo turns. Meanwhile, eagle-eyed gig-goers will have their interest piqued by the re-emergence of short-lived duo ApocalypsE, a precursor to the Outsiders organisation that turned Leeside heads throughout 2015, including a showstealing opening slot at that year’s Quarter Block Party.
Outsiders Festival happens on Saturday March 2nd at Cyprus Avenue. Tickets €12.50 on sale now from cyprusavenue.ie, the venue’s Old Oak downstairs bar, and eventbrite.ie. For more info as it emerges, check the event page.