King Kong Company are back at Cork Opera House, Cork for a late night show on Sunday 24th October – tickets on sale this Friday, September 17 from Cork Opera House Box Office priced at €25 + b/fee . Over 18s – ID required
The Kong Company story so far…. KKC are a band from Waterford, five (now six) blokes, a girl and a Boxhead. In 2011 they started putting out one video a month, put on the first gig in 2012 and played Indiependence on the back of a truck. There was almost the same amount of people at the gig as was in the band. But soon after Body & Soul heard a track and booked them for an early Sunday evening at Electric Picnic where they got lucky and played to, maybe, thousands.
Thinking they had now made it, they tried to get a Dublin gig and, a well-known, but won’t be named, Dublin venue turned them down saying they’d be lucky to get 100 people to it. But the Sugar Club offered them a gig, and it sold out. Then countless sold out gigs at the Cork Opera House, the Button Factory, The Academy and even a sold out gig at The Olympia (yes, just the one, they’re not The Script).
They’ve also stuck 13,000 people in a tent at Electric Picnic for Sunday Mass, had thousands of hedonists lay siege to the Body & Soul arena for their stuffed to the gills lock in that closed the legendary stage. And in between there’s been tracks, an album produced by The Prodigy’s producer Neil McLellan, a Buckfast beer, Glastonbury, a robot, All Together Now, late nights, parties, early mornings, ferries, Prague, London, Newcastle, the engagement proposal, broken down vans, Spraoi, a Best Band in Ireland award and stuff that should never end up in print or online.
Then . . . some sort of pandemic happened, no gigs for twenty months and we all really need to get in a room together, and dance.
Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Cork Opera House
Sunday 24th October
Tickets €25 + b/fee on sale Friday at 10am from Cork Opera House Box Office
Over 18s – ID required