Music

Glór Nua: Celaviedmai, Retropxssy + JoeJas

Celebrating new music from London and Ireland.

Thu 08 June - Thu 08 June 2023

7:30pm doors, 8:00pm start

Tickets: £5/£8/£15

Celaviedmai:

Celaviedmai (aka Mai or Cela) has become one of the most exciting names in the Irish music industry and one of the only female rappers to achieve such a feat. She is recognised for her hard-hitting lyricism, incomparable stage presence and impressive performance history from Trafalgar Square to the National Concert Hall, storming festival stages, headlining her own shows and opening for artists such as Lil Wayne, Mac Miller and Tinchy Stryder.

Born and raised in Galway, her music is celebrated for blending genres within urban
contemporary music and she often combines English, French and Irish in her lyrics – paying homage to her Ivorian roots. Celaviedmai is inspired by an array of music from around the world, and artists such as Missy Elliot, J. Cole, Azealia Banks, Chance the Rapper and Doja Cat. The rapper is supported by Irish radio and is frequently placed on the likes of Spotify’s New Music Friday UK, The New Éire, Ireland 2.0 and A Breath of Fresh Éire. After years of honing her craft, 2022 ended up being a pivotal moment for Celaviedmai. Cited as one to watch by the Irish Independent and Paste Magazine, the rapper began turning heads when she landed on the front cover of Hotpress Magazine, followed by a cover story in the Irish Sunday Times Culture Magazine, opened for UK punk duo Nova Twins and had her ‘Ireland in Music’ performance premiered as part of the SEODA 2022 programme which was broadcasted across the USA.

Mai released her much-anticipated debut EP ‘Both Sides of the Story’ to high praise which included the successful single ‘HEAL’ – the artist’s first track about a female love. Cela had a busy summer performing at the likes of Forbidden Fruit, MoLi – The Museum of Modern Literature Ireland, Body & Soul, Connolly’s of Leap and All Together Now. To top it off, she starred in Hennessy’s ‘Shared Connection’ Campaign alongside God Knows and Mango with her drill track ‘Known Better’ and made her Other Voices debut on both the Dingle music trail to packed venues and for the IMRO Other Room recorded series.
The Irish Times included her in their ‘50 people to watch in 2023’ and indeed this year is off to a great start having already performed to over 13,000 people in Trafalgar Square, at the main stage of St. Patrick’s Festival in Collins Barracks and in partnership with Coca Cola.

Some Press Highlights for Celaviedmai:

“Irish Hip-Hop is booming… But nobody is quite as eclectic as Celaviedmai.” Irish Sunday Times Culture Magazine

“Widely considered to be one of the brightest young rappers and performers on the Irish scene, she showcased her impressive growth as an artist with last year’s Both Sides of the Story EP.” Hotpress

“Her dexterous way with words and music is frequently thrilling. She’s a consummate live performer too.” Irish Independent

“One of the most versatile and consistent acts of the past five years. Comfortable weaving between genres, it’s this unpredictability that makes her so exciting.” Journal of Music

“Few MCs in Ireland are as bold.” VICE

“Celaviedmai loves to keep her listeners guessing, defying any attempt to pigeonhole her talent… she can be both witty and arrestingly poignant.” Paste Magazine

“[Cela has] begun to grab attention for her commanding and powerful releases & performances. If you’re looking for Irish female MCs – look no further than Celaviedmai.”
Golden Plec

Listen To Celaviedmai Here:

RETROPxSSY:

Songs about power, songs about desolation, songs about t*ts – retropxssy explores womanhood in the middle of the moshpit.
 
Growing up in the South West, she cites seeing ‘The Prodigy’ at Glastonbury aged 11 as the moment that ignited her need to perform. Today, this burns brighter than ever. 
Described as ‘one of the most exciting performers in London’ (Neil March, Trust the Doc) retropxssy’s genre defying sets invite total immersion. Hip hop blends with punk, pop, jazz, dance, electronica. Music blends with theatre. She’s been enchanting audiences across the capital and across the oceans. 
With support from Third Man Records, Vans and the BBC it’s all cylinders firing to the moon! Glastonbury would be a homecoming. retropxssy believes that storytelling can change the world. 
Where better to perform than a place that strives to save it?
‘mysticism emits from retropxssy: her entire being insatiably captivating, every movement and contortion more impressive than the last’. MASON MYERS – THE LOOP MAGAZINE
‘retropxssy: soft as a kitten, tough as a Dr Marten boot’ TOM ROBINSON – FRESH ON THE NET
‘A brilliant set, combining flamboyance with vulnerability’ TONY HARDY – FIFTY3

Listen to retropxssy here:

JoeJas:

JoeJas Is A rapper and producer (when producing going under the alias “HairyMuffinMan”.). Putting out his self produced debut album ‘Planet’ in 2016 taking influences from punk, Jazz, Hip-Hop & R&B and blending them all. Genre blending has become a defining point in JoeJas’ music, to this date with his latest release 2022 ‘Gaps & Nomads.’

Listen to JoeJas here:

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