by / March 30th, 2010 /

Gil Scott Heron – Tripod, Dublin

Iconic American poet, author, and singer-songwriter GIL SCOTT-HERON is set for a headline show at TRIPOD on Sunday May 2nd- his first Dublin show since 2000’s sold out event at Vicar St.
Without doubt one of the most important voices in 20th Century music, Scott-Heron returns following the release last month of the incredible “I’m New Here”, his first album in 13 years.

Scott-Heron will also be taking part in a spoken word discussion on Saturday 1st May is part of the Mindfield Festival. Further details to be announced.

“..a stentorian and bracing blast of reality” **** IRISH TIMES

“Powerful stuff” **** IRISH INDEPENDENT

“Gil Scott-Heron returns with a corking new album to rival anything from his 1970s heyday” **** TOTALLY DUBLIN

with his band AMNESIA EXPRESS

Tickets €25.50/32.50 available from Ticketmaster, City Discs, Road Records and usual outlets.

  • Gil Scott Heron was lined up to do a talk in London but was kept away by the volcanic dust cloud. Many anti-racists were hoping that he would be asked about how such an iconic anti-apartheid activist as himself could play in Tel Aviv, as advertised in the Israeli media and on his own site. He has now told a London audience that he will not be playing Tel Aviv but we await confirmation from him and his management. Tickets for the Tel Aviv gig are still on sale and the Israeli media have acknowledged the protests but are saying that he will be playing Tel Aviv.

    If Gil Scott Heron is going to play Tel Aviv then he owes apartheid an apology. Leading activists from the African National Congress (ANC) have said that Israel is worse than South Africa was because Israel practises ethnic cleansing and segregation whereas SA only practised the latter.

    So two questions need to be asked: is he playing Tel Aviv? If not, how did he agree to it in the first place?