The team at Metropolis are delighted to make the very first of their forthcoming announcements regarding the Conversations & Spoken Word element of the rapidly approaching Metropolis Festival. Aside from a stellar line up of musicians, the festival will welcome some leading talents to come and host conversations in two very special areas within the RDS.

The Conversations will be held in The Library and The Concert Hall, which will be interlinked. The Library has been an integral part of the RDS since it’s foundation in 1731. It features a comprehensive collection of over a quarter of a million books and has played host to myriad lectures and talks over the past 200 years. The Concert Hall is also a beautiful and unique space, with bookshelves running the full length of the hall itself. We look forward to filling these hallowed halls with conversations by some of music’s most iconic legends.

Electronic trailblazer Giorgio Moroder is one of the most influential producers, songwriters, performers and DJs today. As the founder of disco, he has had a profound effect on the history of music and last month was named as GQ’s Inspiration in their 2015 Man Of The Year Awards. An Academy Award winner and a Grammy winner, his most recent album went to #1 in the US Billboard charts earlier this year.

The indomitable Mr Nice, Howard Marks will also be appearing at Metropolis. An author, columnist, DJ, politician and speaker, he has been described as ‘the most sophisticated drugs baron of all time’. He has toured Britain to talk to audiences about an extraordinary life that has seen him working with the likes of the mafia, MI6, and security services on both sides of the Atlantic.

Sir David Rodigan has been one of the finest purveyors of reggae and dancehall music for over 35 years. He’s DJ’ed for the likes of BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 2, Kiss, Capital and Radio London. His unshakeable passion for reggae and ska saw him being awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting at Buckingham Palace in 2012.

The poet, movie star, social and cultural commentator and one of today’s most loved performance poets, John Cooper Clarke will be holding a Q&A and will also be performing. His satirical, biting verse, delivered in a rapid-fire style resonated with the punk movement and he toured with all the seminal bands, The Sex Pistols, The Clash & Buzzcocks and in the USA with Elvis CostelloJoy Division frequently supported him and New Order opened for him on their first Australian tour. His influence on modern music has been immense, with legions of musicians citing him as their inspiration, including the likes of Alex Turner, Plan B and Jarvis Cocker.

The Legend Of The Hacienda conversation will feature a panel consisting of Dave Haslam, Mike Pickering, Greg Wilson and Ben Kelly. Birmingham born DJ and author Dave Haslam has DJ’ed over 450 times at Manchester’s legendary Hacienda. He was at Joy Division’s last show in 1980, Sonic Youth have slept on his floor and Tony Wilson threatened to shoot him. He has just published his 4th book, Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues. He also curates exhibitions, gives lectures. Mike Pickering was one of the Hacienda’s resident DJs and bookers. From the art installation intent of the early days with William S Burroughs, the live gigs such as The Cocteau Twins, to ripping out the DJ’s microphone to concentrate on the music, Mike was one of the foremost influences on the musical policy of the club. He was in new-wave dance project Quango Quango and M People. He is now the Head of A&R at Colombia Records. DJ Greg Wilson was the first British DJ to mix live on TV in 1983. He’s been voted Northern UK’s Top DJ by Blues and Soul Magazine, and was nominated by DJ Magazine for Outstanding Contribution and named as one of their Top Twenty Remixers of All Time. He’s been a producer, a manager, released a series of podcasts, festival curator and a multi-media label owner. One of the UK’s most influential interior designers, Ben Kelly’s creativity to convert the iconic red brick warehouse of the Hacienda also led to other Factory Records projects, including his collaboration with Peter Saville to design the record sleeve for Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark’s first self-titled album, winning them a Designers and Art Directors Award.

The lads will also be introducing the Academy Films A+ Panel. Academy Films A+ are creators, directors, producers who create films, installations and interactive experiences.  The panel will feature Walter Stern (Award Winning music video and commercial director), Corin Hardy (MVA, Rushes Soho shorts and international award winner), Nadia (directed promos for Rae Morris, The 1975, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Years and Years. Nominated as Best New Director at 2015 MVAs) and Us (multidisciplinary duo featured in Saatchi & Saatchi New Director Showcase, Young Director Award winners for Best Broadcast Commercial, music videos for Foals, Thom Yorke).

The Light House, Dublin’s most eclectic indie cinema will be curating two very special screenings at Metropolis. On Saturday they will be screening British cult movie 24 Hour Party People. Filled with attitude and anarchy, it brings the story of the Manchester music scene to life, as seen through the eyes of Factory Records founder Tony Wilson.  On Sunday they will be showing the epic science fiction film Metropolis. This movie, directed by Fritz Lang in 1927 has been hailed as a classic, and one of the greatest movies to come from the Silent Era. There have been numerous adaptations made, including a release in 1984 by Giorgio Moroder which featured a soundtrack by artists including Freddie Mercury and Adam Ant.

Lots more announcements to come…

MUSIC

CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers / The Roots / Mark Ronson / Jamie xx / Giorgio Moroder /

Todd Terje / Kaytranada / Jeff Mills / Tiga (Live) / Kerri Chandler / KiNK (Live) / Maribou State (Live) / Benji B / Dorian Concept (Live) / Matthew Herbert (Live) / Nosaj Thing (Live) / Kormac’s Big Band / Cloud Castle Lake / Hot Chip / Vic Mensa / Le Galaxie /  Formation /  Booka Brass Band / Flight Facilities /  Omar Souleyman / Vince Staples / Trinity Orchestra (performing LCD Soundsystem) / Floating Points / Four Tet / White Collar Boy / Gemma Dunleavy / CLU / Forrests

Weekend Tickets:  €145.50

Day Tickets: €79.50

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