Make a Move seeks to place Limerick at forefront of Irish hip-hop

Fintan Walsh

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Fintan Walsh

Make a Move seeks to place Limerick at forefront of Irish hip-hop

Performing at Make A Move Festival’s all-day hip-hop session at Dolan’s Upstairs was Breez IDeygoke Picture: Gareth Williams

HIP-hop is at its “richest and strongest stage” in Limerick after the highly popular Make A Move Festival wowed hundreds at numerous venues across the city over the weekend.

The successful weekend, which consisted of a number of hip-hop gigs, lyric workshops, music talks and artistic displays, kicked off on Friday afternoon and concluded at a panel discussion at Mother Mac’s on Sunday evening.

Festival chairperson, Shane Curtin positively reflected on the string of events, describing the local hip-hop scene as “something worthy of outside, international attention”.

“It was very interesting to see a large number of international visitors at the festival, and the response in general was that there is a very strong, vibrant local scene here.”

Andy Carroll, who organised an all-day, 15-act gig at Dolan’s on Saturday, commended the festival for its “real family spirit. The idea of the festival is to place Limerick at the forefront with other like-minded individuals from all over the country, and we did that. It was also to promote more up-and-coming local heads, and getting people to meet others and to create a network of musicians.”

Irish Times journalist, Jim Caroll, who hosted the Banter discussion at Shannon Rowing Club, took to Twitter to commend Saturday’s all-day programme, describing it as “a superb evening of really heartwarming hip-hop”.