Electric Picnic: The Irish hip-hop group your parents have never heard of

The Dublin duo Versatile could show Kendrick Lamar a thing or two

Electric Picnic 2018: the Dublin hip hop duo Versatile at the Electric Arena. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

Electric Picnic 2018: the Dublin hip hop duo Versatile at the Electric Arena. Photograph: Enda O’Dowd

The pose and play-acting are pitch perfect. Three young men are gathered on a sofa in the Hot Press Chatroom in Electric Picnic’s Mindfield zone. One has been designated spokesman, and he answers questions intelligently while, beside him, the other two sit silently, sunglasses on, wrapped up in hoodies and caps, looking like a Back to the Future version of Pet Shop Boys.

Occasionally one of the silent guys – either Alex “Eskimo Supreme” Sheehan or Casey “Casper” Walsh: we can’t tell the difference – leans over and whispers in the chatty one’s ear. At these moments the spokesman interrupts the increasingly perplexed interviewer with questions. “What is your dog’s name?” “What did you have for dinner last night”?

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