Irish duo Abandoman to take rap from Gravesend audience

PUBLISHED: 12:11 03 January 2014 | UPDATED: 12:11 03 January 2014

Rob Broderick and Padraig Hyland, known as Abandoman, will play The Woodville later this month.

Rob Broderick and Padraig Hyland, known as Abandoman, will play The Woodville later this month.


It’s rare to find any kind of musical act that thrives off an unruly audience hurling random words at the stage as if they were knickers at a Tom Jones concert.

But Abandoman, winners of the Hackney Empire’s new act of the year accolade, are a rap duo who create hilarious freestyle songs using words plucked from the imaginations of gig-goers.

The Irish pair can turn words as far removed as prawn, elephant and intergalactic into a coherent verse, and will be doing so at The Woodville in Gravesend Place, Gravesend, later this month.

With appearances on BBC television’s Live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and The Stephen K Amos Show, as well as on Radio 1’s Fun and Filthy Cabaret, their star is in the ascendant.

In 2012, they supported Ed Sheeran on a sell-out UK tour that ended with two nights at the Brixton Academy. The duo also performed in Australia for the first time early last year, claiming the Adelaide Fringe Festival’s best comedy newcomer award.

Continuing the name-dropping, Abandoman have also opened shows for acts such as Micky Flanagan, Tommy Tiernan and DJ Yoda.

Their appearance on January 23 will see them supported by Katherine Ryan, a comedian you may have spotted on Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, or Dave’s One Night Stand.

Her act is a light-hearted look at motherhood, divorce and MTV – aiming to prove that bitterness can be turned into something quite hilarious.

Tickets for the show on Thursday, January 23, cost £13, or £18.50 with a curry – part of the theatre’s Laughing Boy Comedy Club. To book, visit

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