Today Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh announced two more additions to the exciting Heineken® Big Top 2024 line up. Nestled beside the banks of the River Corrib in the heart of the city, a night at the Heineken® Big Top is, for many, an annual festival highlight.
Returning to the Heineken® Big Top once again will be Galway-born producer KETTAMA, who burst onto the house and electro scene in recent years, with the release of his 2018 EP Bucklyn Bridge, which featured the track B O D Y, giving him a significant break. Other tracks by KETTAMA include Kilt, Eastside Avenue, Temperature Rising and The Way You Feel. He released an EP titled G-TOWN 001 on his own label, G-TOWN RECORDS, which he launched alongside his collaborator Shampain. Other EPs include Close Your Eyes and G-TOWN 004. KETTAMA has played in clubs and festivals in the US, China, Australia, Japan, mainland Europe and up and down the UK.
Since they emerged from West Belfast, KNEECAP have become a cultural phenomenon. Their three members, Móglaí Bap, Mo Chara, and DJ Provaí, have created their own genre of Irish punk rap, blending the Irish and English language with electrifying energy, selling out tours across the US, UK and Ireland. Crashing into the consciousness with the release of C.E.A.R.T.A., Kneecap are currently preparing for the release of their debut album in 2024, produced by Toddla T (Stormzy, Aitch), with features from members of the Mercury Music Prize-nominated bands Lankum and Fontaines D.C.
2024 will also see the premiere of the Kneecap feature film based on their ascent, starring the group themselves and Michael Fassbender. Kneecap’s irreverent, complex and potent lyrics speak to a time of political upheaval, youthful rebellion and discontent, and a renewed urge to party.
Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland; its Drinks Partner Heineken; and Education Partner University of Galway.