Galway has long been a centre of arts and culture in Ireland, the western capital playing host to venues like the Roisín Dubh and a thriving live music scene across the genre spectrum. But buried deep in its gigging calendar is a rare treat for hip-hop fans: Europe’s only live skratchology festival.
Turntablists, MCs and the diehards of Irish boom-bap file into the Bierhaus every April Bank Holiday for the Community Skratch Games, an event that adheres to its stated values by featuring predominantly Irish hip-hop. Producers and skratchologists like Naive Ted (New Japan Pro Wrestling, The Unscene), JusMe (The Impressionists) and Jimmy Penguin (Ireland’s Street Fighter II videogame champion) are joined by the cream of Irish rappers, this year including Limerick prodigy Jonen Dekay, Cork veteran Spekulativ Fiktion, and Sligo trio This Side Up.
Renowned in Irish music as a raucously good time regardless, the citizens of the Tribal city’s hip-hop scene and their guests roll out the welcomes for visitors from near and/or far. After all, every scene is local.