You wait around for an Edan gig and three come along at once – on a bank holiday weekend no less. OK so it’s not that long since his show at last year’s Picnic, but Irish hip-hop heads are still raving about his shows in Crawdaddy in 2006 and the Tivoli in 2008.
The Maryland MC and producer has joined forces with live partner Paten Locke for a two-headed rap assault this weekend, organised by on-form promoters Choice Cuts. The pair hit the North tomorrow (Good Friday) for a gig in the Menagerie in Belfast, before a date in Dublin’s Sugar club on Saturday and a trip to Galway’s Roisin Dubh on Easter Sunday.
Armed with his arsenal of skewed psychedelic samples and a head full of cryptic rhymes, Edan’s live show is a cut-up of performance art, ramshackle stand-up and lightning fast scratching and beat juggling. If you’ve heard his most recent mixtape Echo Party you’ll get an idea, and Paten Locke should give him a run for his money in the rhyming stakes. They’ll want to be on top form too – the Dublin gig is being recorded for Red Bull Music Academy Radio. Support in Belfast comes from Defcon and Choice Cuts’ own DJ Scope, and DJ Kutmah elsewhere.
Here’s what’s in store…