Robots go to War in Dublin

Robo Riots brings famous robots from BBC’s hit TV show Robot Wars, to battle it out live in Dublin this June Bank Holiday weekend (May31st to June 3rd 2019) National Show Centre, Swords, Dublin.

The biggest, baddest, strongest and fastest next-generation robots from BBC’s hit TV show Robot Wars including; Thor and Diotoir fighting against veterans such as Ripper and KingB alongside new robots such as Iron Heart and Teresa Mayhem all presided over by Shunt the Robot Wars’ house robot.

Their ultimate goal is to destroy or disable the opponent to reign supreme in Robot Combat Sports. This is the first full length heavyweight combat robot tournament of its scale in Ireland.

Robo Riots is organised by the Robot Wars Irish team who created the flaming furball Diotoir, headed by Irish Roboticist Peter Redmond. Speaking about the event, Redmond said: “Robot battling is a true sport of the future. It has all the right elements: mad science, gladiatorial combat, plucky garage inventors, and hi-tech machinery. Brutally effective, utterly vicious machines have now evolved from one based on an engineering challenge, to that of hi-tech operational challenge with space age materials.”

But it’s not just combat robots! There will also be celebrity robots like R2-D2, a Dalek, a Minecraft creeper and AL-1X – Robo Riots’ very own Z-list celebrity robot. How about boxing robots? Seven-foot rockem sockem boxing robots will be trading haymakers in a no holds barred one-on-one slugfest to literally knock each other’s block off.

Tickets from priced from 15 euro plus fees.

Show Times: .
Fri. 31st May 19.30
Sat. 1st June 13.30 and 18.00
Sun. 2nd June 13.30 and 18.00
Mon. 3rd June 15.00

Shows last approx 2 hours


Ed notes:
Peter Redmond. In addition to being one of the most famous contestants on Robot Wars with his robot Diotoir, Redmond invented Guinness world Record solving Rubik’s cube solving robot RuBot II, set a land speed record for sprinting robots and created amazing special effects for TV and Film such as Top Gear, Vikings and the upcoming “4 Kids and It” with Michael Cain. Based in Rathcoole, Dublin, his company Mechatrons, have been creating robots for entertainment and education around the globe for more than 20 years.

Robot Wars is a robot combat competition that was broadcast on British television from 1998 to 2004 and again from 2016 to 2018. The series, centred on the sport of robot combat, involves teams of amateur and professional roboteers operating their own constructed remote controlled robots to fight against each other, whilst also avoiding arena hazards and more powerful “House Robots”, which were not bound by the same weight or weapon limits as the contestants. Earlier series included assault and trial courses for competing robots before they were ceased from the first “Extreme” series onwards.
The show was first broadcast on BBC Two from 20 February 1998 to 23 February 2001, on BBC Choice from 8 October 2001 to 7 February 2003 (later repeated on BBC Two), on Channel 5 from 2 November 2003 to 28 March 2004 before being revived in 2016 and broadcast on BBC Two from 24 July 2016 to 7 January 2018. To date, the show has been broadcast as 10 main series each centred around a single competition, two “Extreme” series with several unconnected events and several special episodes.