Festivals

Hotter Than July

Hotter than July is an annual celebration of the cultural diversity within our city through music and dance from around the world, supported by Dublin City Council and in association with the Big Bang festival of Rhythm.

A full programme of upbeat music and dance, it is high quality event that is accessible to all, offering a kaleidoscope of joyful music from around the world, for a perfect ‘summer in the city’ event that everyone can enjoy.

The 2019 festival takes place on Sunday 28th July in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

As is now tradition, Hotter Than July opens with a bang at 3pm, as Maracatu Ilha Brilhate get the party started with their procession of traditional Brazilian ‘Maracatu’ drumming, using music of Pernambuco’s various Maracatu traditions, in the energy and spirit of Maracatu. 

Four-piece OJO are an ultimate world-fusion band, characterized by the melodic sounds of the sunpan, with guitar, banjo, bass and cajon creating the backbone. Fast, rhythmical, high energy music with a Caribbean vibe, yet melody and rhythm that are drenched in traditional Irish undertones. 

Dublin-based Brazilian quintet Namangaia promise to bring you on a musical trip through the forró rhythms of Brazil, featuring rich cultural elements and harmonies driven by powerful rhythmical and traditions.

Woweembeem DJs will be spinning records throughout the day, with music from Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean / French West Indies, South America and all corners of the globe - afro, reggae, latin & rare grooves. 

Catherine Young Dance and the Big Bang Festival, supported by Dance Ireland, come together once again in a month of public workshops to create an original choreography based on traditional West African Dance and percussion, with a live dance performance at Hotter than July as the Big Bang Dance Project!

Two fantastic acts performing full shows on Friday and Saturday as part of the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm will also make an appearance at Hotter Than July on Sunday 28th July.

Kakatsitsi Drummers from Ghana perform a buoyant live show - an almost spiritual experience, made for dancing. They are accompanied by Mbilou, a shaman from the Bitwi religion of Gabon playing the mougongo (mouth bow) and the nagoya-ngombi (harp). You can catch their full show in Big Bang Festival of rhythm on Friday 26th at Whelan's.

Bloco Mulêketú are a samba-reggae group based in Paris and Marseilles playing this style of percussive music from the 'blocos afros' of Salvador de Bahia, which evolved with samba and neighboring Caribbean rhythms resulting in a rich, high energy sound. You can catch their full show on Saturday 27th at The Sugar Club.

Festival favourites Jiggy’s sprightly line up mixes and melds Irish traditional music, Indian classical, world rhythms and cutting-edge dance grooves that will have your feet tingling and your toes tapping. 

Closing Hotter than July with a boom are Yankari, a high energy 11-piece band that combine rhythms, melodies and lyrics from Yoruba and Igbo tribes, creating a sound reminiscent of the Afrobeat greats of the 60's and 70's. Fuji, highlife and funk have been chewed up by this exuberant band to create a sweet and heavy groove for the 21st century.

In addition to a full programme of music to keep you dancing, audiences at Hotter Than July also have the opportunity to make your own music, with family drumming workshops from Jabba Jabba Jembe,  and percussive instrument-making workshops with Ed Devane happening throughout the day.