Tickets on sale Feb11th, 9am priced €20 (including booking fee) from WAV Tickets [lo-call 1890 200 078] www.tickets.ie & Ticketmaster outlets nationwide. 0818 719 300 – Republic of Ireland customers 0844 277 4455 – Northern Ireland customers 00353 1 456 9569 – International customers
“He’s a Bizzarro-world Eminem, his voice low instead of high; using his ramifying metaphors and serpentine rhyming schemes to decry cultural decline instead of celebrating it.” – Pitchfork
“His talents seemingly know no bounds” – Drowned in Sound
“Francis… [is] a complex, fantastically literate and genuine wordsmith and poet.” – Filter
Dubbed as a “forefather of indie-hop,” Sage Francis first made a name for himself in the emcee battle circuit during the late 90’s and early 2000’s while distributing his “Sick of Waiting” mixtape series hand-to-hand. In the matter of a few years he graduated from bootlegging his own music to being one of the top selling independent artists in hip-hop, all while sitting at the helm of Strange Famous Records in his home city of Providence, RI.
Setting aside the more boastful side of rap, Francis quickly became recognized for the poetic leanings and scathing socio-political commentary in his lyrics. His debut album, Personal Journals, was heralded as both an artistic masterpiece and a genre game changer. The risks taken in his music and business approach, through the course of five commercial album releases, have helped Francis stay a few steps ahead of the game, utilizing various channels of the internet to cut out unnecessary middlemen while the industry burns, burns, burns to the ground.
Although the 10+ years of touring and DIY work ethic have proven highly successful, Sage Francis has announced that he’s putting the road-dog days behind him in order to focus on other things which include (but are not exclusive to) writing, recording, producing, journalizing, and disproving the rumors that he is hip-hop’s anti-Christ. In lieu of touring, Francis will perform a select few shows as long as his cat gives him permission.