Dermot Kennedy likes to go in search of extremes. The Irish singer-songwriter’s lyrics juxtapose love and pain in a rather brutal manner. In his music, romantic folk pop collides with rap and R&B. For example, his first album ‘Doves & Ravens’ (2017) sounds like a collaboration between Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. Kennedy’s career took off like a rocket. After the mega hits ‘Outnumbered’, ‘Power Over Me’ and ‘Giants’, he won the ears of the entire world. Lana Del Rey and Taylor Swift declared themselves fans. He presented his second album ‘Sonder’ (2022) on the main stage of Forest National. The title is a word that has recently come into usage. It refers to the realisation that every random passer-by is likely to lead just as complex and vibrant a life as one’s own.