Erica Cody is a Dublin singer-songwriter and producer. She first came to prominence with 2017's single Addicted, and since then has gone on to perform at festivals such as Longitude and Electric Picnic as well as packing out her own headline shows. She has also opened for global acts such as En Vogue and Jessie J.

In 2019 she released her critically-acclaimed EP Leoness.

Erica will perform at Extraterrestrial: A Black Irish Celebration of Identity, a free livestream from the National Concert Hall on Thursday 20th May 2021 at 8pm (Ireland/UK). Also taking part are FeliSpeaks, Alicia Raye, Celaviedmai, JyellowL, Reggie and Tebi Rex - find out more here.

We asked Erica for her choice cultural picks...

FILM

My Octopus Teacher on Netflix, a great feel-good documentary that totally tugs at the heart strings with some amazing life lessons!

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MUSIC

Anything and everything Stevie Wonder - it was his birthday recently, and I truly believe a day should never go by without listening to Stevie.

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BOOK

What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri. This book is a total must-read to anyone wondering and willing to learn more about true allyship and what it means.

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TV

Scandal (available on Disney+). Starring one of my favourite actors Kerry Washington. A golden oldie that should be watched at least twice in a lifetime lol. Also, it's never too late to become a Real Housewives franchise fanatic!

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GIG

Nialler9 Live at St Columb’s Hall featuring Nealo & Jehnova (18th June) and Soda Blonde & Fia Moon (25th June). JoJo's Live anniversary show on YouTube is also another great virtual show for R&B lovers!

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ART

Maser, one of Ireland's most renowned contemporary visual artists. It's near impossible to have not come across any of his famous works, whether it's featured on public transport, your yoga mat or in his gallery Atelier Maser on Charlemont Street. The vibrant colours and good vibes that shine through his pieces are something every home needs!

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TECH

The Head Plan app is such an amazing mindfulness app with a growing community filled with positivity and daily affirmations hitting your home screen every morning at 9am.

THE NEXT BIG THING...

Extraterrestrial!

Extraterrestrial: A Black Irish Celebration of Identity is a free livestream from the National Concert Hall on Thursday 20th May 2021 at 8pm (Ireland/UK) - find out more here.