'No one takes me seriously as a 16-year-old girl shouting about junkies or gun violence'
Young Blood: an edgy night of hip hop and poetry in the NCH promises to present the voices of the next generation
Participants in Young Blood. “It’s a good snapshot of Ireland in a moment in time”
Katie Laffan: “punky disco music”
John Cummins: has a tendency to pick words out of the air like a chef plating micro-greens with tweezers
Hare Squead: “We want to be able to show a different part of Ireland”
On a bitterly cold Wednesday afternoon in Dublin in the foyer of the National Concert Hall, Karen Walshe, the artistic director at the St Patrick’s Festival, has gathered some of the Young Blood performers in the foyer.
Young Blood is a night of spoken word, hip hop, rap, poetry and other music at the National Concert Hall on March 18th. Aoife Woodlock, best known as music producer of Other Voices, curated the line-up, and the shift in focus for a high profile event in the middle of the St Patrick’s Festival reflects a burgeoning Irish scene, the first responders to Irish society – poets and spoken word artists – as well as the growing energy that typifies the hip hop scene here.