Any self respecting Irish hip-hop fans will want to find themselves in the Academy this March 26th as Odd Future prodigy Earl Sweatshirt hits Dublin for what is sure to be an intense live show.
The 20 year old rapper is famed for his mysterious backstory, having first appeared on the scene in 2010 at just 16 years of age with his outrageous mixtape Earl before seemingly disappearing without explanation, leading to fan campaign to ''Free Earl'' which only added to OF's notoriety as they grew in stature. As it turned out, Sweatshirt had been sent to a Samoan detention center for troubled youths by his mother who wasn't such a fan of him hanging around with Tyler, The Creator and co.
The mythical status that Earl aquired in his absence only added to his growing reputation as one to watch and he delivered in style last year with his coming of age second LP Doris, which I reviewed quite favourably right here last August.
It won't be Earl's first time on our green pastures since he dropped Doris, but his performance with Tyler at last year's Slane gig was underwhelming for a number of reasons including a weak crowd and a somewhat awkward stage setting for the Wolf Gang crew, so if you're looking for the real deal then make sure you catch one of the rap game's most talented up and comers this month.
Tickets are available for 30 quid from your usual outlets, and of course, you'll find a review of the gig on HMM the day after as always.