The Dublin Quays Festival
Word Up Collective present
Evans Junior is a young artist with a passion for music, having been performing since he was 16 and taking in a wealth of influences from both his Irish and African backgrounds. Since releasing his debut track Fake Friends, which now has over 136,000 views on YouTube, he has established himself as a bold new name on the Irish scene. Evans has achieved over 67,000 streams and is earning himself a fast growing and loyal fan base.
An R&B artist with vision and depth, Sean X fuses gospel and hip-hop to produce a gritty take on nu-soul. Inspired by the likes of Michael Jackson, R Kelly and Drake, it was The Weekend’s dark take on R&B music that set Sean on the path he’s on now. A central part of the Word Up Collective, his debut single ‘Cry’ featured a guest turn from rapper Jafaris and he is often to be found joining Super Silly on stage. As focused on songwriting as he is creating a modern sound, his music encapsulates his passions and experiences and is leaving a mark on Irish urban music landscape. Latest single ‘Amsterdam’ featured on the New Music Friday UK playlist on Spotify.
Jake Hurley is a Dublin music producer and artist drawing from a wide sphere of influences, from the off-kilter beat wizardry of Flying Lotus to the outsider sincerity of Daniel Johnston. Seeking full autonomy in his artistic vision, Jake writes, produces and engineers his music from the beginning to the end of the creative process. In doing so he hopes to create a pure expression of his energy and personality.
An emerging voice on the Irish spoken word scene, in her short 18 years Natalya O’Flaherty has played all over Dublin from the dankest of dive bars to our very own National Concert Hall and GPO. Her words carry hard hitting notions and criticisms of modern Ireland tackling everything from, so called, daddy issues to drug abuse. She’s found her voice through the cheap rhymes and hard hitting nature of poetry.