Beats Verses Rhymes
Joining us on the Library of Progress stage is a fast and furious programme of some of the hottest and loudest spoken word artists, performance poets and rappers hosted by Erin Fornoff, hailing from North Carolina whos poetry has been featured on BBC3 and national radio across Ireland as well as performing her poety at festivals including Glastonbury, Electric Picnic and Cúirt. As well as that she is the co-founder and Programme director for Ireland’s first ever spoken word festival, Lingo. Joining Erin on the stage over the course of the weekend will include Raven, aka The Universal Underdog, a Californian spoken word artist living in Ireland.Intense and lyrical, his work riffs on spirit, politics, identity, human nature and the conflicting realms of asphalt and Earth, JyllowL, a conscious hip-hop and rhythmic poet, with influences of soul and RnB in his music, 5th Element, a Dublin based Hip Hop duo, nominated for ‘Best Irish Act’ at the 2018 Pure M Magazine Awards for their debut album “State of Mind 2.0“, Ophelia, one of Ireland’s leading female MC’s and described by Red Bull as “undoubtedly played a part in the evolution of Irish hip-hop” and has supported acts including Ice Cube, De La Soul, Maverick Sabre and more, Shakalak, the brainchild of poet John Cummins and musician Fin Divilly, they share poetry that aims to highlight, uplift and inspire with the addition of experienced musical minds, Johnny Jude and David Meany to their performance. Adding to the line up is Oisin McKenna, a writer and performer across spoken word, theatre and live art contexts incorporating queer performances about Ireland, Pop culture and politics into his act and finally, Stephen James Smith, a Dublin poet and playwright central to the rise of the vibrant spoken word scene in Ireland today with his own poetry videos having amassed over 1 million views.