I have been to many many Hip hop gigs in Ireland over the years but if I had to pick my favorite one, it would be Eminem in Punchestown racecouse in 2003. He played there 2 days in a row, 45,000 at each gig. Most of the songs he performed were from the marshall mathers LP and the eminem show.
First hip hop gig I was at and it started a huge love of hip hop gigs for me from there on.
Public Enemy at Mean Fiddler, or whatever it was called at the time.
DJ Noize at the Funnel
Wu Tang (most of them) at the Redbox
Kool Keith at Button Factory
Madlib and Chali 2Na at Vicar St (I think)
Africa Bambaataa at the Andrew's Lane Theatre
to name a few of the better ones.
Probably Grandmaster Flash in the Pod a few years ago. Had the crowd in the palm of his hands.
Beyond that, The Roots in the Olympia were amazing.
QTip in the Sugar Club was excellent
Rahzel was class in the Pod/Redbox.
Best freebie...during college won a Karaoke contest (yup) and got free tickets to see Masta Ace and Punch and Words.
some old school mentions. any newer artists?
Was that Madlib gig in the Tivoli Theatre? My only time ever in that venue and only went to the gig as a friend had a spare ticket, great gig.
I believe it was, yeah. Think it was sponsored by some Jeans company or something.
Of recent gigs
Went to watch the throne in 3arena was decent, they played Paris about 9 times in a row
Macklemore in the Academy around 2011 brought the energy, the place was on wheels
As one mentioned above Grandmaster flash at the Pod maybe was a great gig, brought out all the classics