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Q&A: King Kong Company talk Belfast gigs and their love of the Ulster Fry

Fresh from their Electric Picnic set in Co Laois, King Kong Company are set to play their first gig at The Limelight in Belfast next week.

The Irish electronic dance group will perform at the city centre venue on Friday, September 15 as part of their current tour.

The upcoming shows will be some of the band's biggest headline shows to date, where they say fans can expect "some monstrous bass and beats".

Describe your music in three words?

Dirty dubby electro rock. I lost count.

Who would you say are your musical influences?

My biggest musical influences are The Muppets, but for the band, LCD Soundsystem, Sleaford Mods, Hot Chip, The Bloody Beetroots, Toots Hibbard, The Specials, Led Zeppelin, Leftfield and Val Doonican all get a look in.

What have been your career highlights so far?

We played the biggest tent at Electric Picnic last week at three in the afternoon. Around 10,000 people showed up and the place went off. That was kinda nice.

Also, our guitarist once got kicked by Van Morrison, that doesn't happen every day, unless you're Van's dog. Would Mr. Morrison's dog be a Van's best friend? I digress. 

Who are your favourite bands/musicians?

Toss-up between AEMak and Jinx Lennon. 

What is your favourite thing about Northern Ireland?

One of our tracks has a line that goes "speak your f***ing mind". Northern folk have that particular skill sorted and it's wonderful.

Also an Ulster Fry when you've a hangover, potato bread is genius. And the Buckfast is stronger in Northern Ireland, pros and cons to that one.

Definitely not Phil f***ing Coulter.

Where is the best place to listen to some music in Northern Ireland?

I was at a Leftfield gig in Ulster Hall that was pretty special, that venue has seen some traffic.

We played our first Belfast show in The Black Box last year and we loved that venue and area of the city, a place steeped in punk history.

Sunflower Festival in Hillsborough has a special place in our hearts though, we really like it there, always sound heads and good times on Tubbys Farm.

We're looking forward to getting acquainted with The Limelight.

What can audiences expect from your Limelight show?

Expect some monstrous bass and beats, mind bending visuals and a retina blowing light show.

Boxhead, our very own crowd fluffer, will ignite the fuse on a stick of dirty-dubby-electro-rock, bringing energy levels to explosive heights that will blow the doors off the most stubborn of inhibitions. There'll be a bit of craic, like.  

What's the best gig you have ever been to?

Daniel O'Donnell in the Forum in Waterford, 2001.

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