- 23 Feb 16
The Dublin rapper jumped into the crowd and was immediately encircled by the audience. He became the eye of the storm, the bull and the matador, as a legion of avid music fans roared raucously.
Appearing from behind Whelan's curtain, Lethal Dialect sauntered on stage to the applause of a jubilant audience. "How we feeling out there?" he exclaimed. Kicking off the evening with a brand new song, with the help of his soulful backing singers, Jes Kav and Nichola Hegarty, guitarists Stephen McHale and Stevie Darragh, keyboardist Eva-Jane Gaffney and drummer Ben Garrett.
Before he launched into his most recent release, 'New Dublin Saunter', he quipped "there's enough time for alcohol, get your fucking drinks and get down here." It was a passionate rendition of the song that was written in support of Dublin's bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2020. The line, "cause I cant fathom why our own people hate to hear our own accent," was spit with such bile and venom, it was hard not to take notice.
Talking to Hot Press at the Bow St. Sessions in early February, LD was a little concerned about his 'crooning', as he described it, for his new material. He needn't have been. He was, at times, a little timid to force his vocals, however, standing next to Jes and Nichola, it would be intimidating for any seasoned performer.