The story so far: King Kong Company are a band from Waterford, five blokes 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 at 2am to 20 people. 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 the Button Factory sold out (5 times so far), The Academy (like 4 times) and they sold out The Olympia, but only the one time (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 Cork Opera House, the proposal, broken down vans, Spraoi, a Best Band in Ireland award and stuff that should never end up in print. Now you’re all caught up.
- “King Kong Company stole the Electric Picnic Weekend. They proved that no stage was too big for them and further underlined why they have been one of Ireland’s best bands” Dan Hegarty (2FM)
- “Gig of the Picnic” Ferg D’Arcy (Today FM)
- “Brilliant” The Skinny
- “They invariably steal the show” Joe.ie
- Best Irish Live Act Winners 2016, Pure M Awards
- Best Irish Act Winners 2018, Pure M Awards
“King Kong Company have nailed it” Irish Mail on Sunday
“An energy inducing pick me up, with so much devil may car swagger” Irish Times
“One of the best albums released in this country this year” CeolCaint.com
“Makes you want to start moving and never stop” TheThinAir.net