This is an archive item from Supersonic 2023

Critically acclaimed Irish quartet Lankum make their long awaited appearance at Supersonic Festival this year, bringing with them their close vocal harmonies, instrumental interplay and dramatic storytelling. 


Born of years crisscrossing Dublin’s folk and experimental scenes, Lankum have an alchemical ability to forge their own distinct brand of traditional folk music that is dark, mysterious and transcendental. By leaning into heavy drones and sonic distortion, they impart a new intensity and beauty into the folk genre. This is bold, contemporary music that may be fashioned from traditional elements but is firmly new. With a diverse set of influences as disparate as Sunn O))), they show that folk music can be angry, progressive and is still a vital force today.  


 “Writhing with the terror of our times one moment, then rising with indescribable heart and hunger the next; this is traditional song stretched and submerged. … right now, to these ears, it sounds timeless”
Folk Radio 
“Imagine a folk album influenced by the ambient textures of Sunn O))) and Swans, plus the sonic intensity of Xylouris White and My Bloody Valentine.”
The Guardian