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Music | RobMoro guide to Metropolis Festival

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One of the curators for the festival, Hidden Agenda, have made a mixtape to listen to while you digest this info.  Great job by Steve Manning on the selection.

Main Hall

In the Main Hall there will be an installation created by James Earley, as commissioned by one of Metropolis’ creative partners, Bulmers, to build an installation inspired by electronic music and the movement of dance.

The Do LaB is an exciting company from L.A., specialising in interactive environments and creative lighting design. Using natural materials, found objects and sustainable resources. They will be creating a bespoke, colourful and interactive installation at Metropolis.

Algorithm, a creative production agency who bring to life vivid works of art through striking stage designs tailored to any environment, were established in 2012 and are based in Dublin. Working with cutting edge technology, they specialise in projection mapping, content animation and concept realisation. They have been commissioned by POD and Hidden Agenda to design and produce the visuals for the Shelbourne Hall and Serpentine Room Stages.

The unrivalled Arcadia Spectacular will be paying a visit to the grounds of the RDS, too. Arcadia rework discarded military machinery and industrial components – turning them into dance arenas.  The Afterburner  will be brought to Metropolis. A 360 degree, fully rigged stage built from recycled materials, with a central, flaming spire above the DJ booth. It radiates light, while spiralling arms reach INTO the crowd, creating multi-level dance platforms and layered spatial dynamics.

Concert Hall

The Concert Hall is lined with bookshelves, and will be a hive of activity from midday on both Saturday and Sunday.

Starting on Saturday, the line up of panels and conversations will see Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam, Ben Kelly, and Greg Wilson to the stage for the Legend Of The Hacienda panel.

The Academy Films A+ Panel are creators, directors, producers who create films, installations and interactive experiences. The panel will feature US (multidisciplinary duo featured – Saatchi & Saatchi & Young Director Award winners, music videos for Foals, Thom Yorke), Elizabeth Kessler (Head of Music Videos at Academy Films), Nadia Marquard Otzen (directed promos for Rae Morris, The 1975, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Years and Years)  and Walter Stern (Award Winning music video and commercial director).

Also a Music and Film Panel with the brilliant actors Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Ruth Bradley and writer and director Paul Duane. 

Gareth Murphy, author of book Cowboy and Indies – An Epic History of the Record Industry and Darius Van Arman, co-founder /co-owner of US indie label Secretly Group and co-founder of Fort William Artist Management (Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Van Dyke Parks, et al.)  will be hosting the Future Of Music Panel.

Some of the key people to shape the Dublin scene as we know it will be on  Dublin After Dark Panel.

On Saturday, Dublin’s most eclectic indie cinema Light House will be screening British cult movie 24 Hour Party People. On Sunday they’ll be showing Dave Chappelle’s amazing documentary Block Party. 

Sunday will also see a Music and Literature Panel with celebrated author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist and filmmaker, Nelson George.  He will be joined on the stage by Irish actor and author Rob Doyle. 

We can’t wait to bring influential producer, songwriter, performer and DJ Giorgio Moroder to the stage for a live interview. We are also thrilled to bring the legendary author, columnist, DJ, politician and speaker, Howard Marks to The Concert Hall stage to take part in a live interview.

Street artist Joe Caslin, politician Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, theatre director Garry Hynes, IMMA Director Sarah Glennie and Academy Award nominee and director Jim Sheridan will take part in in what is sure to be a fascinating panel – What The Fuck Is Irish Culture? 

There will also be a Music and Graphic Design panel, Sunday’s Dublin After Dark Panel, and a DJ set by Sir David Rodigan.

The Cubatron by Absolut

Absolut Vodka is bringing the world’s largest 3D mesmerising alternating light sculpture, the Cubatron, to Ireland for the first time. Partnering with Metropolis festival, Absolut is taking over the Serpentine Hall renaming it Electrik Stage for ‘Electrik Nights by Absolut’, and bringing the Cubatron and its signature Absolut Electrik Bar to the Industries Hall.

The Cubatron, a live illumination of 6,720 lights, 40 feet wide X 10 feet high will be the central feature of the Absolut Electrik Bar. This visual spectacle was created by Mark Lottor for the biggest party in the world, Burning Man and has since visited Coachella and other festivals around the world.


Across the city with 10 intimate shows across 2 nights, 7/8 November exclusively for Metropolis ticket holders. You can expect to get up close and personal at DJ sets from the likes of Questlove from The Roots, Jamie xx and DJ Greg Wilson. Come check out Hot Chip DJ in The Button Factory or hit up Flight Facilities’ Decades Party in District 8 (their first Irish DJ set since 2013).  If you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten track, you can check out Benji B in Bar Tengu or Maribou State in Soder & Ko. The choice is yours!

So how does it work? Grab your Afterparty tickets for the show you want to see right here

More info and line-up available here.

Set Times

Well with all that to digest, now it is time to kick back and see what stirs your creative sense to map out who you would like to see at Metropolis.