It’s just nine days until the brand new winter festival Metropolis opens its doors to festival revellers. On 7th / 8th of November, the RDS will be transformed into a unique space to welcome music fans. Set across eight different stages and spaces, both indoor and outdoor, Metropolis will be hosting the very best of cutting edge music, live music, conversations and art installations.

There’s a truly stellar line-up of live music and DJs. We’ve told you about the Conversations / Spoken Word elements. We’ve told you about the incredible Afterburner Stage, a 360 degree, fully rigged stage. We’ve spilled the beans on the Metropolis Afterparties. Now we’d like to share the day-by-day breakdown of the panels and conversations that will be taking place in The Concert Hall.

The Concert Hall is a beautiful area, lined with bookshelves, and will be a hive of activity from midday on both Saturday and Sunday.

Starting on Saturday, there will be an excellent line-up of panels and conversations, welcoming Mike Pickering, Dave Haslam, Ben Kelly, and Greg Wilson to the stage for the Legend Of The Hacienda panel. All key influential figures in the awesome history of Manchester’s most famous club, this is not to be missed.

John Cooper Clarke, the poet, movie star, social and cultural commentator and one of today’s most loved performance poets will be interviewed live on stage, facilitated by award-winning director Johnny Green. Later on, he will also perform some of his incredible poetry.

You can also expect Academy Films A+ Panel. Academy Films A+ are creators, directors, producers who create films, installations and interactive experiences. The panel will feature US (multidisciplinary duo featured – Saatchi & Saatchi & Young Director Award winners, music videos for Foals, Thom Yorke), Elizabeth Kessler (Head of Music Videos at Academy Films), Nadia Marquard Otzen(directed promos for Rae Morris, The 1975, Naughty Boy, Emeli Sandé and Years and Years)  and Walter Stern (Award Winning music video and commercial director).

As well as all tha, spectators can enjoy the Music and Film Panel with the brilliant actors Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Ruth Bradley and writer and director Paul Duane. 

Gareth Murphy, author of book Cowboy and Indies – An Epic History of the Record Industry and Darius Van Arman, co-founder /co-owner of US indie label Secretly Group and co-founder of Fort William Artist Management (Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Van Dyke Parks, et al.)  will be hosting the Future Of Music Panel.

Some of the key people to shape the Dublin scene as we know it, Rory O’Neill AKA Panti Bliss, The Queen Of Ireland, Bodytonic’s Trevor O’Shea, journalist / producer Emer Nic Aodhain, DJ / journalist Mark Kavanagh and DJ Billy Scurry will feature on the Dublin After Dark Panel.

Head of A&R at Colombia Records and one of the Hacienda’s resident DJs and bookers, Mike Pickering, will return to the stage with DJ Dave Haslam for a DJ set to remember as they spin some Hacienda favourites! 

On Saturday, Dublin’s most eclectic indie cinema Light House will be screening British cult movie 24 Hour Party People. On Sunday they’ll be showing Dave Chappelle’s amazing documentary Block Party. 

Sunday will also see a Music and Literature Panel with celebrated author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist and filmmaker,Nelson George.  He will be joined on the stage by Irish actor and author Rob Doyle. 

The team told us, “we can’t wait to bring influential producer, songwriter, performer and DJ Giorgio Moroder to the stage for a live interview. We are also thrilled to bring the legendary author, columnist, DJ, politician and speaker, Howard Marks to The Concert Hall stage to take part in a live interview.”

Street artist Joe Caslin, politician Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, theatre director Garry Hynes, IMMA Director Sarah Glennie and Academy Award nominee and director Jim Sheridan will take part in in what is sure to be a fascinating panel – What The Fuck Is Irish Culture? 

The Music and Graphic Design panel will feature M&E Design and The Project Twins. M&E are an Irish / Swedish design duo who are based in Sweden. They will be discussing their art, which primarily focuses on creating artwork for musicians. The Project Twins, an Irish graphic design duo who use playful graphics to create a simple and bold aesthetic, which has seen their work being featured in the likes of The Guardian, Wired and US magazine, Variety.

Sunday’s Dublin After Dark Panel will bring designer Niall Sweeney, journalist and film maker James Redmond, promoter Martin Thomas, DJ Aoife Nic Canna and DJ/Producer/Label owner Eamonn Doyle together for a frank and open discussion.

Sir David Rodigan has been one of the finest purveyors of reggae and dancehall music for over 35 years and his unshakeable passion for reggae and ska saw him being awarded the MBE for services to broadcasting at Buckingham Palace in 2012 and we look forward to his DJ set!



Light House screen 24 Hour Party People / Legend Of The Hacienda / John Cooper Clarke (Interview)/ Academy Plus Video Producer’s Panel / Music & Film Panel / Future Of Music Panel / Dublin After Dark Panel / John Cooper Clarke (Performance) DJ Music Of The Hacienda


Light House screen Block Party / Music & Literature Panel / Giorgio Moroder Interview / Howard Marks Interview / What The Fuck is Irish Culture Panel / Music & Graphic Design Panel / Dublin After Dark Panel / Sir David Rodigan DJ set


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 /  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

Saturday doors 12:00 – midnight

Sunday doors 12:00 – 23:30