Mixtapes from the Underground
Variety is something you can always be assured of at the Kilkenny Arts Festival and on this year's music programme and we're really looking forward to getting Mixtapes From The Underground down to Kilkenny in August to play at one of our new venues for this year, Billy Byrne's on John Street. Now a regular host of marquee gigs in Kilkenny, the John Street favourite will play home to the band, described in the Irish Times as a "scorching collision of jazz and hip-hop" and "one of the most original groups to hit the Irish jazz scene in a long time".
Comparisons are already being drawn up locally by some who were at last year's Hypnotic Brass Ensemble gig so when Mixtapes trom the Underground hit Kilkenny on the Thursday night of the festival (16 August), be sure to have your dancing shoes on. The band themselves have been on the go since 2006 and recent appearances at the Bray Jazz Festival in May and the Casa Habana stage at Body and Soul last weekend will have them in fine form come Kilkenny. This is improvised, it's live, it's hip-hop meets jazz, it's a world of musical styles crammed into one gig and with live shows described as "incendiary", they could very well blow the roof of Billy Byrne's. Check them out below, then get your tickets here, priced €15.
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