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23rd Feb 2024

Rising music and movie stars among The Late Late Show line-up tonight

Stephen Porzio


The Late Late guests have been in the news quite a bit lately and confirmed their appearance by joking about recent RTÉ controversies.

Irish-language rap trio and movie stars Kneecap have revealed that they will be on The Late Late Show tonight (Friday, 23 February).

Confirming their appearance, the Belfast-based group wrote on Twitter: “Tomorrow night we’re in the belly of the beast…

“The land of rugby heads and Sebastian Cockworth’s…..Dublin 4 and The Late Late Show.”

They concluded their Tweet by poking fun at recent controversies surrounding RTÉ by writing: “Might do a sit in protest and try get an aul exit package.”

Rising music and movie stars among The Late Late Show line-up tonight

The trio have been in the news quite a bit lately, thanks to their new movie – also titled Kneecap – premiering at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the US this year.

There it earned rave reviews, picked up an audience award and landed a major deal to screen around the world.

Based on the origin story of the three and described as a “raucous anti-establishment comedy”, the film stars the hip-hop group’s members Mo Chara, Móglaí Bap and DJ Próvaí in their acting debuts, alongside Oscar-nominee Michael Fassbender.

“Set in West Belfast in 2019, it chronicles how fate brings the trio together and how they then go on to change the sound of Irish music forever,” the plot synopsis reads.

On top of this, Kneecap made headlines after recently stating they would launch legal proceedings after the UK Government confirmed it had blocked the group from receiving “significant” music funding.

The Belfast trio had claimed this was because their 2019 Farewell to the Union tour poster had “pissed off the Tories”.

Causing controversy upon its initial release, the artwork sees cartoon figures resembling Arlene Foster and Boris Johnson strapped to a rocket on top of a bonfire.

It also features two smiling figures resembling Kneecap’s members Móglaí Bap and Mo Chara, one of whom is holding a petrol bomb.

In a statement to JOE responding to Kneecap’s claims, a spokesperson for the UK’s Business and Trade Secretary Kemi Badenoch said: “We fully support freedom of speech, but it’s hardly surprising that we don’t want to hand out UK taxpayers’ money to people that oppose the United Kingdom itself.”

The Kneecap episode of The Late Late Show airs on RTÉ One at 9.35pm on Friday, 23 February.

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