Last weekend Metropolis took over the halls of the RDS for the second year in a row. When the clocks go back and Dublin is immersed into the darkness from 5pm, the world’s largest disco ball at Ireland’s only indoor festival is just what Dublin’s palest needed.
The arts and music festival took place from Thursday to Saturday, bringing some of the world’s most unique acts to Dublin, including Grace Jones, who headlined on the Saturday night.
I was lucky enough to catch Ms. Jones’ set, and she was as previously seen in her recent gigs at the Olympia – an ageless presence that can bring you into a surreal world through her bizarre and beautiful costumes, attached to a distinctive voice.
Metropolis didn’t just host classic divas but also welcomed the return of Crystal Castles, the electronic band that are now back with new a vocalist Edith Frances. Although Edith is no Alice Glass, she certainly made up for it with echoing vocals and contagious energy, with the crowd dripping in sweat after their set.
Metropolis not only brought in artists local and global, it hosted talks in arts and culture in its Red Bull Hall, where members of Hot Chip and the Sugar Hill Gang spoke about the music industry. Later, the Sugar Hill Gang would go on stage and play ten seconds of a song and then speak for 15 minutes. They are the world’s first rap group after all.
The festival was run seamlessly with short queues, great food and the toilets were exceptional. Overall, Metropolis 2016 did not disappoint.