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Hours away from Metropolis Festival, which returns to the grounds of the RDS for its second year, the anticipation for Ireland’s premier winter festival is high.

Miss Grace Jones, Moderat, Jack Garratt, The Sugar Hill Gang, Shura and more  take to the stages on what is sure to be the weekend highlight.

DJ Shadow will kick things off on Thursday at The Opening Party that will also Mount Kimble and Kormac perfrom.

Cyril Hahn, Girl Band, Booka Shade live, New Jackson are just some of the stellar names penned for the following three days. Trinity Orchestra will be paying tribute to David Bowie in their usual fashion.

Stage Times

Here is the running order – all the information you’ll need to plan who you want to see – and when. Don’t think you need to explain this more than that, start highlighting those must see acts.


Red Bull Music Academy host a series of conversations focusing on and highlighting the creativity that works in tandem with the music – the work of  visual artists, authors, DJs, producers and promoters.

Underworld’s Karl Hyde will be celebrating the publication of  I Am Dogboy, a collection of diaries and photographs he’s been putting together since ‘99.

Wolfgang Flür (ex-Kraftwerk) will be joining us for an in-depth Q&A. Flür was the electro-drummer for German quartet Kraftwerk from 1974 to 1987.

With the incredibly sad passing of musical genius Prince earlier this year, Alexis Taylor (lead vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist with Hot Chip) and novelist Matt Thorne to take to the stage to discuss Prince’s life and body of work.


Bulmers has commissioned Irish artists, James Earley, Charlotte Francis, Sums One and Rob McCann to develop what have been described as ‘monolithic, expansive and individually designed bar installations’.

Absolut bring the world’s largest Mirror Ball, the height of a 3 storey building. LA natives, The Do LaB, are creating a unique, colourful installation which will be suspended from the ceiling of The Industries Hall.

Labyrinth, an art collective that are producing a projected installation and petition piece in partnership with REPEAL Project.

What else?

Just Eat will have a variety of different foods on site to keep you satisfied. Also some tasty donuts from Aungier Danger. There will be Bulmers, Red Bull, and Absolut flavoured tipples that will incompass local breweries also.
Metropolis will be the first ever full Contactless Enabled festival by Visa in Ireland. Every single pay-point on the grounds of the festival will have a VISA Contactless machine.
Dublin Bus will be providing direct transfers post festival to the City Centre for €2, paid on the bus or Leap Card. Buses stop outside venue on Merrion Road from 11:30pm.


Ten intimate afterparties across three nights – exclusively for people who are going to the festival this year. Tickets for these after-parties will be on sale at the RDS festival site.  There will also be an extremely limited amount of tickets available on the door of each venue but only for festival goers. You’ll need to show your festival ticket or wristband at the door to gain entry.

Details on the afterparties can be found on the festival facebook.


Remaining tickets on and at the venue.