Indiependence announces Spoken Word & Comedy for #INDIE17

Jinx Lennon

IN addition to some of the best Irish and international music acts coming to Deer Farm this year, INDIE17 reveals another strong line-up for this year’s Spoken Word Stage, featuring the some of the finest exponents of spoken word, hip hop and comedy.

Dublin poet, Stephen James Smith, will headline the stage following his recent performances as part of Glen Hansard’s ‘Imagining Home’ concerts in London; including a performance at the Royal Albert Hall, while also joining Eddie Vedder on stage in Dublin. 

Also headlining, punk poet Jinx Lennon returns to INDIE following the release of his two critically acclaimed albums: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift the Grief Magnets and Past Pupil Stay Sane. To date, Jinx has released 8 albums and has performed around the globe from Iceland to Chicago, Cologne to NYC. 

Described as “a mix of Rubber Bandits, David Byrne and The Specials” (Today FM), Irish hip hop brothers TPM (Tax Payers Money) bring their humorous take on signing-on and curry, amongst other themes. Unforgettable and enjoying a strong reputation on the live circuit, TPM have earned themselves a huge following online with 100k+ views on their YouTube channel. 

National Slam Champion Abby Oliveira makes a welcome return after a blistering set at INDIE16. Finalist in the BBC4 Slam as well as the Glastonbury Festival Poetry Slam in 2009, the Derry performance poet has continued to receive accolades with a recent broadcast of her poem ‘Dandelion’ on BBC North.

Also from the poetry scene, former Munster slam poetry champion, and author Cormac Lally will make his first appearance at Indiependence. Spoken word also goes electric, with hip hop artist, producer and political commentator Captain Moonlight performing his political satire and heavy beats alongside USA artist, actress, dancer and rapper, Lady Grew who will present her unique electric stage show with theatre and audience participation.

Indie Spoken Word Curator and MC, Wasps vs Humans is back for the fifth year running with drums, words and a few new tunes. Debuted as a performance poet in 2009, Wasps has supported the likes of John Cooper Clarke, Christy Moore, Scoobius Pip, Hamell On Trial, Whipping Boy and a daring opener for Manc legends, The Fall.  

In addition to the spoken word stage, Culture Vultures makes a welcome return to the beer hall for INDIE17. A themed pop culture event of words and music, it is curated and hosted by Irish Times music writer, Tony Clayton-Lea.

Meanwhile, comedy returns to Indiependence for another year with one of the best line-ups to date! Fresh from touring the length and breadth of the country with Al Porter, Totally Wired will be bringing their award winning high energy unique musical style to Mitchelstown for you lovely people. Joining them will be RTE stars Willy White and Emmanuel Idama, fresh from being handpicked to do a solo show at Cat Laughs this year, and online sensation Bernard Casey.

Add to the mix the hottest new talent in the shape of weird and wonderful Oisin Hanlon and Show Me The Funny winner Julie Johnston and it’s all set up to be a cracker of a weekend. Republic of Telly and star Damo Clark will be your host with the most all weekend, guiding you through the magnificent Mitchelstown mud with laughter aplenty!