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Trinity’s Summer Series | One Week, Seven Amazing Acts

From July 1 – 7, the iconic grounds of Trinity College Dublin – located in the heart of the capital – will play host to music’s most acclaimed artists.

The first day will see indie rock icons and Grammy winners Vampire Weekend perform. Best known for songs ‘A-Punk’, ‘Oxford Comma’, ‘Cousins’, ‘Giving Up the Gun’, ‘Diane Young’ and ‘Harmony Hall’, the New York group just released their fourth album Father of the Bride, which earned rave reviews and reached number one on the US Billboard charts.

On July 2, Oxford dance rockers Foals will take to the Trinity open air stage. Winners at the Q Awards for Best Live Act, they also just released a new album: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1. Described by many as their best to date and boasting summery singles like ‘Exits’ and ‘In Degrees’, attendees should be excited to hear the record’s songs in the flesh.

Janelle Monae

The next night sees American singer and rapper Janelle Monae play. Having released one of the best albums of 2018 with Dirty Computer – featuring tracks ‘Make Me Feel’, ‘Django Jane’ and ‘PYNK’ – her Prince-like blend of funk, R&B and psychedelic soul should make for a great gig.

The Grammy Award nominee will be joined by rising star and BBC Sound of 2019 nominee, Grace Carter. This will be the London singer’s second time performing at Trinity’s Summer Series after having supported Rag’n’Bone Man at last year’s event.

On July 4, Trinity welcomes a true legend to the stage in Paul Weller. The singer-songwriter and musician achieved fame with the punk rock/new wave/mod revival band The Jam. He had further success with the blue-eyed soul music of The Style Council (1983–1989), before establishing himself as a solo artist in 1991.

Paul Weller

The BBC described Weller in 2007 as “one of the most revered music writers and performers of the past 30 years”. He has received four Brit Awards, winning Best British Male twice, and the 2006 prize for Outstanding Contribution to Music.

On July 5, Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott will play the venue. Heaton was formerly frontman of the Housemartins, who had success with the singles “Happy Hour” and the UK number-one “Caravan of Love” in 1986 before disbanding in 1988. He then formed the Beautiful South, whose debut single and album was released in 1989 to commercial success and continued with a series of hits throughout the 1990s, including UK number-one single “A Little Time”.

They disbanded in 2007. However, in 2014 he released What Have We Become?, a well-received collaboration with former Beautiful South vocalist Jacqui Abbott. In 2015 he released another album with her, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, and in 2017 a third one called Crooked Calypso.

Welsh rockers Stereophonics will headline Trinity on July 6. Best known for singles ‘Just Looking’, Mama Told Me Not to Come’, ‘Have a Nice Day’, ‘Handbags and Gladrags’, ‘Maybe Tomorrow’, as well as UK number one ‘Dakota’, they have sold around 10 million record copies worldwide and have achieved five consecutive UK number one albums.

Rounding out the week of gigs on July 7 is another legendary band – New Order (pictured above). Formed by members of Joy Division, following the suicide of that group’s lead singer Ian Curtis; their integration of post-punk with electronic and dance music made them one of the most acclaimed and influential acts of the 1980s.

While New Order’s early years were shadowed by the legacy of Joy Division, their 1983 hit ‘Blue Monday’ became the best-selling 12-inch single of all time and a popular club track. In the 1980s, they released successful albums such as Power, Corruption & Lies (1983), Technique (1989), and the singles compilation Substance (1987), earning further acclaim for tracks like ‘Bizarre Love Triangle’, ‘Touched by the Hand of God’, ‘True Faith’ and ‘World in Motion’.

The dates for the Summer Series at Trinity College Dublin are listed below.

  • Monday, July 1: Vampire Weekend
  • Tuesday, July 2: Foals
  • Wednesday, July 3: Janelle Monae w/ Grace Carter
  • Thursday, July 4: Paul Weller
  • Friday, July 5: Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott
  • Saturday, July 6: Stereophonics
  • Sunday, July 7: New Order

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