Open Air Summer Concerts | Get Ready to Dance in Dun Laoghaire
Three open air summer concerts have been announced for Dun Laoghaire Pier on the June Bank Holiday Weekend.
Deacon Blue will be supported by Basement Jaxx (DJ Set) and Stereo MCs on Friday, May 31. Madness will headline on Saturday, June 1 and will be joined by Lightning Seeds and Something Happens. On Sunday, June 2, Primal Scream will perform with special guests The Charlatans and Fun Lovin’ Criminals.
Scottish pop rock band Deacon Blue return to Dublin following their sold-out Irish shows in the Irish capital and Belfast last year, celebrating 30 years of the group. With a massive catalogue of greatest hits from ‘Real Gone Kid’, ‘Dignity’ to ‘Chocolate Girl’, organisers say their set filled with career spanning classics is not to be missed.
Supporting Deacon Blue is award winning global dance legends Basement Jaxx, who rose from underground house sensations to releasing chart topping international singles ‘Romeo’, Where’s Your Head At?’, ‘Do Your Thing’ and more. The English electronic duo has also taken home the BRIT Award for Best Dance Act twice.
Joining Deacon Blue and Basement Jaxx is one of the most successful hip-hop acts to emerge from the UK, Stereo MCs. They will be performing some of their global hits from ‘Connected’, ‘Step It Up’, ‘Creation’, ‘Ground Level’ and ‘Deep Down & Dirty’. Having formed in 1985, the group have won multiple BRIT Awards, worked with Madonna and are notable for being one of the first hip-hop outfits to play rock music festivals.
On the second day of gigs, Madness will take their 40th anniversary celebrations to Dublin. Fans of the legendary ska band can expect a show filled with classics from their chart topping 40-year discography. The English group have released twelve studio albums chock full of greatest hits and live favourites from ‘One Step Beyond’, ‘House of Fun’, ‘Baggy Trousers’, ‘Our House’ to ‘It Must Be Love’ and many, many more.
English rockers the Lightning Seeds make a highly anticipated return to Ireland. Again they will be supporting Madness, having done so at Dublin’s 3Arena last summer. Lightning Seeds will deliver a performance packed with all their greatest tracks from ‘You Showed Me’, ‘Lucky You’, ‘The Life of Riley’ and ‘Pure’ alongside some new music.
Joining Madness and the Lightning Seeds are legends of the late 80s Irish music scene Something Happens. The Dublin pop-rock group’s live set is an unmissable trip down memory lane and will see them revisiting their unforgettable singles like ‘Parachute’ and ‘Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)’.
The last day of gigs will see Primal Scream headlining. The Scottish rock dance group have released a handful of influential, ground-breaking albums over the last three decades including Screamadelica, XTRMNTR, Vanishing Point and Riot City Blues.
They release a new, two volume singles compilation in May ahead of the Dublin show titled Maximum Rock ’N’ Roll. It will feature all their famous tunes like ‘Rocks’, ‘Moving on Up’, ‘Come Together’. ‘Loaded’, ‘Country Girl’, Andrew Weatherall’s ‘Uptown’ mix, and ‘Some Velvet Morning’ featuring Kate Moss.
Supporting Primal Scream is The Charlatans. Since their debut, the English rock band have released 13 LPs with their 2017 record Different Days becoming their 9th to reach the top ten on the album charts. Awarded a lifetime achievement award from Q magazine, they have a host of hit singles under their belt including ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘One to Another’ and ‘North Country Boy’.
Joining Primal Scream and The Charlatans is multi-platinum New York City trio Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Covering styles such as hip hop, rock, blues, jazz, R&B, punk, and funk, the band just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their debut album Come Find Yourself and in 2019 released new record Another Mimosa.
Tickets for all three summer concerts at Dun Laoghaire Pier are on sale from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide and www.ticketmaster.ie/.