Irish Independent Park Gigs | Putting the Cork in Corker of a Concert
Cork’s Irish Independent Park, also known as Musgrave Park, will become a hub for live music for a week in June.
Both Irish and international stars are set to grace the venue with their presence from June 20 – 26. The first day will see English singer, songwriter and guitarist George Ezra headline. Best known for smash hit singles ‘Budapest’ and last year’s ‘Shotgun’, in February 2019 he picked up a Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist.
The following day – June 21 – will see Irish four-piece Walking on Cars take to the park stage. Acclaimed in Ireland for their brand of indie pop, in April of this year they released their highly anticipated sophomore album Colours to positive reviews. The release followed their 2016 number one Irish record Everything this Way.
Walking on Cars will be joined for the gig by Lewis Capaldi and Tom Walker. Earlier this year, Capaldi scored a UK number one single with ‘Someone You Loved’ and released his debut album Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent. Meanwhile, Walker won the Best Breakthrough Act at the 2019 Brit Awards.
Another homegrown band is set to headline. Fronted by Danny O’Reilly, son of Irish music royalty Mary Black, Dublin rockers The Coronas will be performing June 22. Breaking onto the scene in 2007 with their debut record Heroes or Ghosts – featuring classic tracks like ‘Grace, Don’t Wait!’ and ‘San Diego Song’, the band have gone from strength to strength.
Their follow up Tony Was an Ex-Con won Best Album at the 2010 Meteor Awards, beating LPs from the likes of U2, Bell X1 and Snow Patrol. No strangers to huge crowds, The Coronas have supported Paul McCartney and Justin Timberlake. Their fifth and most recent record Trust the Wire earned a top spot on the Irish album charts. They will be supported at Irish Independent Park by Norwegian singer and BBC Music Sound of 2018 winner Sigrid.
June 23 will see legend of modern rock and roll Liam Gallagher take to the Cork stage. The singer found acclaim with British band Oasis, founded with his brother Noel. Together they recorded legendary records such as Definitely Maybe and (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?
With an arsenal of classic tunes under their belt – like ‘Champagne Supernova’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, ‘Lyla’, ‘Roll With It’, ‘Supersonic’, ‘The Hindu Times’, ‘The Importance of Being Idle and of course ‘Wonderwall’ – Oasis disbanded in 2009. Since then Liam Gallagher has found further success with follow-up band Beady Eye and as a solo artist.
In 2017, Liam Gallagher released record As You Were. His debut as a solo musician, it reached number one in the UK, outselling the rest of the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart combined and achieving gold certification in its first week. It has since been certified platinum. He will be backed at Irish Independent Park by fellow indie rocker Gerry Cinnamon.
On June 25, Irish musician, singer, and songwriter Hozier will headline. In 2013, he released his debut breakout single ‘Take Me to Church’, which went multi-platinum in several countries, including the US, the UK, and Canada.
His self-titled debut studio album, released in 2014, topped the chart in Ireland and scored top ten positions globally. He followed this up with acclaimed EP Nina Cried Power in 2018 and his sophomore record Wasteland, Baby! in March 2019. The latter debuted atop the US Billboard 200. He will be joined in Cork by American singer-songwriter Maggie Rogers.
Last but certainly not least to play Irish Independent Park is American singer, songwriter and rapper Lauryn Hill on June 26. Raised in New Jersey, Hill found acclaim as part of Grammy award winning 90s band Fugees. Renowned for their blend of hip hop, soul and Caribbean sounds, the group also featured well-known artist Wyclef Jean.
Known around the world for hit singles like ‘Killing Me Softly’, the Fugees split in 1997. Hill returned in 1998 with her first and only solo record to date The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. It received critical acclaim for its contemporary take on the soul genre.
The record debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and has sold over eight million copies there. This included the singles “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “Ex-Factor” and “Everything Is Everything”. At the 41st Grammys, the album earned her five awards, including Album of the Year.
During this time, she won several other prizes and became a common sight on the cover of magazines. However, soon afterward, Hill dropped out of the public eye, dissatisfied with the music industry – making her Cork gig a rare chance to see the legend in the flesh.
For the full list of dates for the Irish Independent Park concerts, see below.
- Thurs, 20 June: George Ezra
- Friday, 21 June: Walking On Cars w/ Lewis Capaldi & Tom Walker
- Saturday, 22 June: The Coronas w/ Sigrid
- Sunday, 23 June: Liam Gallagher w/ Gerry Cinnamon
- Tuesday, 25 June: Hozier w/ Maggie Rogers
- Wednesday 26 June: Lauryn Hill
Featured Image Credit – Edward Cooke