Metropolis Festival, held November 3-5 in Dublin, Ireland is back for its second year with a heavyweight lineup including Grace Jones, DJ Shadow, Jack Garratt, Mount Kimbie and many more. The mostly indoor festival will take place across a number of stages at the Royal Dublin Society, and will showcase art installations, visual performances, and the world’s largest disco ball – we’ll explain that later.
Before the music kicks off for the weekend, spend an intimate evening at an opening party with turntablist DJ Shadow. The world renowned DJ is bringing his current tour, The Mountain Will Fall, to open the festival with special guests Mount Kimble & Kormac in Shelbourne Hall Thursday night. The next evening, we’ll be serenaded by the music-making machine Jack Garrat in Main Hall, and if you need to purify yourself after the SBTRKT set watch Alexis Taylor, the lead vocalist of Hot Chip, pay tribute to Prince with a DJ set in Concert Hall. To wrap up the festival we’ll be graced by the Queen herself, Grace Jones, along with a rare performance by hip-hop originals, The Sugarhill Gang.
And then there’s the world’s largest disco ball. The art installation is the size of a three story building and covered with over 3,000 mirrored tiles each the size of a standard sheet of paper. During Metropolis, the ball will spin and cast multi-hued lights onto the crowd making for an unforgettable sight. In addition to the larger-than-life spherical object, art fans and pop culture enthusiast can dance under Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds as the music pulsates in the background. If you’re escaping to the Emerald Isle for Metropolis this weekend, consider yourself lucky. You’re in for a real treat.