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A-list hip-hoppers Wanted for Dublin in October

A new festival will bring such hip-hop luminaries as Mos Def, Madlib and De La Soul to Dublin in the autumn. The Wanted festival will see live acts, DJs, art exhibitions and club sessions in various city-centre venues from October …

Fri, Aug 17, 2007, 08:57

   

A new festival will bring such hip-hop luminaries as Mos Def, Madlib and De La Soul to Dublin in the autumn.

The Wanted festival will see live acts, DJs, art exhibitions and club sessions in various city-centre venues from October 4th to 7th, as well as a screening of the new documentary from Limerickman-in- LA Brian “B+” Cross and a vinyl buy-and-sell fair.

The festival is helmed and programmed by the Choice Cuts team who have been responsible for more than 60 Irish shows in the past five years, including appearances from The Breakestra, Cut Chemist, Arrested Development, DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Rebirth, Quantic, J Live and Marva Whitney.

Other Wanted events are due to take place in Stockholm and Milan as part of the Wrangler-sponsored initiative.

Wanted will feature acts not to be found at other Irish festivals, says Mark Murphy of Choice Cuts. “Mos Def and Mad Lib have never played here before, while De La Soul and J Rocc have not been here for four years.”

The Mos Def and Madlib shows are particularly intriguing. Mos Def may be better known these days for his film performances (Monster’s Ball, 16 Blocks), but he’s still capable of turning on the magic on wax and on stage. He plays The Village on October 5th.

The following night, Stones Throw luminary and underground legend Madlib tops a bill at The Tivoli that includes Jurassic 5 MC Chali 2na, J Rocc (Beat Junkies), Egon, Deep Burial and Heralds of Change.

There will also be screenings of Michael Wolk’s You Think You Really Know Me, a documentary on musician and producer Gary Wilson, as well as Brian Cross’s much acclaimed Brasilintime.

Cross’s new documentary, DJ Dusk’s Rootdown Soundclash, will also be screened during Wanted. It focuses on infamous DJ battles at LA hip-hop club Rootdown, featuring Cut Chemist vs Madlib, The One vs Will.I.Am and Oh No vs DJ Exile. The title refers to the late Tarek “DJ Dusk” Captan, a hugely influential DJ, hip-hop activist and the instigator of the Rootdown battles, who was killed by a drunk driver last year.

Full details of the Wanted festival will be announced on August 23rd.

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