Northern Ireland

Kneecap confirm US TV debut on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show

The west Belfast rap trio caused a scene on their appearance on RTÉ'S The Late Late Show last Friday

A photo of Kneecap doing their messages, which include Tunnock's Tea Cakes and Windowlene
Kneecap The band's new single Sick in The Head is out now. Picture by Sarah Ellis

KNEECAP have announced that they will make their American TV debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon next week.

The Irish language rap trio announced to their followers on X, formerly Twitter that they will be on next Friday’s show, which airs at 4.35 am GMT on Saturday March 9 or 11.35 pm Eastern Standard Time in the US on Friday March 8.

The controversial rap act, who have had a string of talk show performances and appearances, including last week’s The Late Late Show on RTÉ, where they discussed the ongoing Gaza war and their support for a free Palestine.

During the show the group flouted an agreement with RTÉ not to wear emblems supporting Palestine.

The Irish language rappers drew rapturous applause from the live audience when the balaclava-clad DJ Próvaí unzipped his jacket to reveal a pro-Palestinian jersey just two minutes into their interview with Patrick Kielty.

Fellow band members Mo Chara and Móglaí Bap also wore small watermelon badges, historically synonymous with pro-Palestinian protest.

Less than a week after their appearance on Jimmy Falon’s evening talk show, they will be playing the Floodfest festival in Austin, Texas.

This appearance is the latest in a long line of big moments in the group’s career, having released their self-titled semi-autobiographical film late last year at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Awards and having the film subsequently picked up by Sony Pictures to be shown in North America and other major, global markets.

The group also recently announced that they will be touring the UK for their upcoming album, ‘Fine Art’, with dates in Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow, Nottingham, Bristol and London coming up in November.

More dates are set to be announced in Ireland and Europe according to the band’s social media channels.