Next week from July 5th - 8th see's Limerick's first HipHop Festival, Make A Move which is taking place in and around Limerick city.
Make A Move is a festival of HipHop Culture that will encompass all elements from Street Dancing, Mc’ing, Rapping, Street Art and Graffiti. It will also showcase work from all around Ireland and abroad with a special focus on the work of the emerging talent and skill from Limerick. The Make A Move team are committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and skills of a field of arts that is HipHop inspired, and so this ensures the festival will have something for everyone from visual art to discussion forums and live music.
Even though this is the Festivals debut, IrishCentral.com have listed Make A Move in the top ten of Ireland's best Summer Festivals for this year, no small accomplishment by any means!!
Although the Festival starts on the Thursday, there are workshops all week from Monday to Friday at different slots from 11am to 4pm. These include ;
-Street Dance Workshops in Garryowen, Southill, Moyross and Weston.
-Street Art Workshops in LCGA.
-A HipHop Workshop in Learning Hub on Friday with Voice.
The festival features performances and appearances from some top class Irish and International artists/acts including Hot 8 Brass Band(New Orleans), DJ P.U.D.G.E.(LA), Voice(New Orleans), BBoy Tommy Guns(New York) also Irish HipHop performances from Rí Rá & DJ Mek(Scary Eire), Lethal Dialect, Temper-Mental MissElayneous also DJ Stevie G, Icarus Rising and many more BBoys, Street Artists, DJ's and MC's.
The main programme of events from the Thursday through to the Sunday are as follows ;
Thursday 5th July
8pm Jim Carroll(Irish Times) hosts a special banter Irish HipHop – Got To Get Up To Get Down featuring Paul Tarpey, Kieran Nolan(irishhiphop.com) Temper-Mental MissElayneous(Finglas MC), Mynameisjohn(Limerick DJ/Producer)
Location : Daghdha Church, St Johns Square, Limerick.
9.30pm Live Irish HipHop showcase with Lethal Dialect and Temper-Mental MissElayneous
Location : Bourkes Bar- Bourkes Bar, Catherine Street, Limerick
9.30pm Hot 8 Brass Band New Orleans plus a2df & Lenny Location : Dolans Warehouse, Dock Road, Limerick Admission €15 Friday 6th July 2pm-4pm Panel discussion on graffiti in Limerick. Panel includes academics, street artists and community activists. Location : Daghdha Church, St. Johns Square, Limerick. Admission Free 5pm-7pm Masterclass with BBoy Tommy Guns(New York). BBoy Tommy Guns masterclass will be a unique chance to learn new techniques and concepts. It will focus on using the body to its full potential. Limited places Location : Daghdha Church, St. Johns Square, Limerick. Admission €20 6pm-8pm Masterclass with Poppin John(learn2bust.com). Poppin John from Soulbotics Krew out of USA presents his first ever masterclass in Ireland. This will open your mind to new approaches to the art of body-popping. It will introduce you to his new approaches to techniques like waving, isolations, tutting and robotic movement. Limited places Location : Daghdha Studio Space, St. Johns Square, Limerick. Admission €20 8pm-11.30pm The Tackie Jam featuring a host of special guests including Voice(New Orleans) & DJ P.U.D.G.E(LA), Stevie G(Junior Jam & Red FM Cork) plus many more. Location : Daghdha Church, St. Johns Square, Limerick Tickets Admission €10 10pm Ri-Ra and DJ Mek(Scary Eire originators) plus support. Location : The Blind Pig, Thomas Street, Limerick. Admission €7 10pm Bounce with Lenny. Location : Wicked Chicken, Tait Square, Limerick. Admission Free Saturday 7th July 1-4pm Block party with dancers, MCs & DJs including CmX, Icarus Rising, Limerockers Cru, Rainers. Location : Bedford Row, Limerick. Admission Free Midday-7pm Park Paint Parade. Including : 12pm Opening with Music from Lenny Loco Murphy. Main Bandstand Artists begin work. Feature Artists include Maser, Rask, Solus, Artbyeoin , Dish Pig , Psychonautes, Verz, DMC. Pop up market stalls open. 3pm DJ Koncept – In 10 years the extraordinarily talented Northern Irish turntablist DJ Koncept has acquired an impressive résumé of DJ titles and a reputation that can place him amongst the finest turntable technicians in the UK. 4pm Skate Competition – with Dj Spot prizes Hosted by Jack Corbett 5-7pm Open Mic. Various Youth Performance Exhibitions of art from various youth agencies and over 30 Street Artists will work on large scale pieces ranging in style from contemporary murals to traditional graffiti. Location : Peoples Park, Limerick. Admission Free 8-10pm Screenings of B+(Mochilla) films followed by Q&A with director, hosted by Peter Curtin (Spin Southwest) Location : Daghdha Studio Space, St. Johns Square, Limerick. Admission €5 Sunday 8th July 1pm Breakdancing Battle and showcases featuring Judges BBoy Tommy Guns(Renegades, New York) plus two more t.b.c. Format 3v3 BBoys. Showcases from ; Flawless(Limerick), Panic(Limerick), Limerockers Cru(Limerick), Recession Squad(Waterford), Undercurrent(Limerick), Flava Floors(Cork), Tommy Guns(Renegades, New York), Poppin John Soulbotics LXD(Texas). Location : Daghdha Church, St. Johns Square, Limerick. Admission €5 4-5pm True Blood Soldierz perform on special outdoor stage along with host of breakdancers. Location : Beside King Johns Castle, Convent Street, Limerick. Admission Free 6.30pm Hip Hop Karaoke night with a number of Limerick celebrities doing prepared numbers with paddy soul food barbeque plus live PA. Location : Blind Pig, 31 Thomas Street, Limerick. Admission €5 Make A Move has come about from the joined forces of Shane Curtin who is based within the music scene, Catherine O'Halloran known for her place within the Street Art community and Baz Burke who brings the BBoy edge to it all. They debated the idea and then decided to combine the elements which led to this behemoth culmination that is.. Make A Move. Also organising the festival is Monica Spencer, Katie Verling and Tom Prendergast an all organisers are from and based in Limerick. If any volunteers are interested in getting involved or helping out in any way there is a link to their contact page. There are also still places for the pop-up spots and market stalls so if this is something that might interest you then you can also get in touch from the same page. You can follow the link here http://makeamove.ie/sample-page/our-crew-contact-us/ The lineup itself and the variety and spread of the events, gigs and workshops that has been compiled over the four days is truly to be respected and commended. From the international lineup straight to the calibre of Irish artists, all I can say is hats off to to all involved. Obviously my own flavour is our homegrown talent, and to get to see Scary Eire members Rí Rá & DJ Mek on the lineup is a personal highlight, as always with Lethal Dialect we're guaranteed an electrifying crowd engulfed performance. The opportunity to catch Temper-Mental MissElayneous, Icarus rising and so many more of our own grinders and movers on the scene over these few days makes Limerick city the well deserved base of Irish HipHop for the coming week. You can check out their website here ; http://makeamove.ie/ You can find them on Facebook here ; https://www.facebook.com/makeamovelimerick