‘A way of life’ – Trenchtown drop incredible line-up for this year’s EP

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TRENCHTOWN has proudly announced over fifty amazing acts for this year’s Electric Picnic!

Reggae, Roots, Ska, Afrobeat, Hip Hop and Rocksteady form the soundtrack of this multicultural gem.

The oasis in the woods is home to three stages and celebrates a melting pot of Jamaican, Irish, Caribbean and African fusion.

By day Trenchtown brings the sun and by night it brings the heat, with a nod to Kingston’s legendary street parties, the KINGSTON 12 ARENA lights its fyah and the flames into the wee hours.

Trenchtown is packed with music, art, dance and interactive performance, transporting its visitors with sights, sounds and tastes and inviting them to sample a slice of Ireland’s new emerging and evolving culture, making tribute to its roots and influences while proudly championing local entertainment programming for 2022…

Ireland’s No. 1 ambassador for reggae, CIAN FINN, has blazed a musical trail from the rugged west coast of Ireland to the sunny shores of Jamaica and beyond.

His 2015 debut album This Applys featured a performance alongside Max Romeo, among other reggae royalty.

Before releasing his first solo album, Cian fronted the band Intinn, an Irish dub and dancehall collective that made an impression big enough to earn them places on the same stages as The Wailers, The Skatalites and UB40.

This year, Cian presents his latest offering, his second solo album – “When We Were Young”. Ten powerful tracks ranging from melodic basslines to punchy basslines, all best enjoyed live ‘inna da dance.

THE LIGHT RUNNERS feature some of the best reggae musicians from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Zimbabwe, Denmark and Ireland and are a rare treat with a history as exciting and interesting as their music.

Members of the group have fled dictatorships, spent years traveling the world with soukous groups, and even led gospel choirs. True to ‘Roots Reggae’, the band are in the studio recording their debut album which preaches ‘One Love, Peace and Harmony’ in a time of fake news, war, migration and xenophobia, sending a message of solidarity and unity.

The Light Runners have become synonymous with hypnotic hooks and flowing vocal harmonies with a distinctly African flair, a live performance not to be missed.

Dublin’s veteran sound system WORRIES OUTERNATIONAL has been promoting reggae and dancehall music at home and abroad for over two decades.

The team’s legendary ‘Dancehall Styles’ and ‘Reggae Fever’ club nights have been a focal point for the capital’s scene for many years, earning them a loyal following. Six selectors make up the current line-up, each bringing its style and flavor, while remaining firmly rooted in the Sound System tradition.

A typical Worries session features a crucial mix of roots, revival, digital and dancehall styles, served up with infectious energy.

Friday evenings on RTÉ 2FM are dedicated to DJ WAX. Its playlist selection bounces off the airwaves carrying the latest Afrobeat, Dancehall, Hip Hop, RnB and prominently features new Irish acts amongst a host of global chart topping artists.

Dublin all-day party specialists SIM SIMMA will also perform throughout the weekend, Dublin-based original ska band THE SKATUESQUES, broadcaster, producer and DJ STEVIE G will be joined by REA BRIZY, while Rasta Soundsystem’s original Irish team REVELATION SOUND will power Trenchtown’s AFRIKAYA stage, joined by WORLD BASS CULTURE and many more guests…

Elsewhere in the tropical wonderland, take time to relax, unwind and feel the sand beneath your feet on TREASURE BEACH. Explore the art and cuisine on offer, sample Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, Caribbean cuisine and world music from every corner of our Emerald Isle.

Join the interactive dance and drum workshops and get ready to shake your drums in the carnival atmosphere with pop-up performances by HAPPY CITY SAMBA BAND, TOP 8 STREET DANCE CYPHER, BABYLONS INFERNO and many more…

Trenchtown is more than a festival arena, it’s a way of life.

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