Mike Rosenberg (aka Passenger) is to play Galway International Arts Festival in 2017.
The English singer songwriter, who has amassed a whopping 1.3 billion views on YouTube for his hit single Let Her Go, will play the Absolut Big Top on Saturday 22 July 2017. He will be joined by special guests Hudson Taylor, the Irish folk duo Harry and Alfie Hudson-Taylor.
Passenger topped the charts in many countries with ‘Let Her Go’ in 2013 and 2014, received an Independent Music Award in 2013 and the British Academy's Ivor Novello Award for Most Performed Work in 2014.
However, he has a host of critically acclaimed albums to his name, including his debut solo album, ‘Wide Eyes Blind Love’, which earned him a support slot for Turin Brakes' tenth anniversary show at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in London; 2010’s ‘Flight of the Crow’, which was recorded in Australia and saw him joined in the studio by various Australian independent musical talents; 2012’s ‘All The Little Lights’, which he toured the UK with, opening for Jools Holland and good friend Ed Sheeran, whom he has regularly supported; and 2014’s ‘Whispers’, which he has described as “the most 'up' album” and ‘Whispers II’.
On 16 June 2016, the music video for ‘Somebody's Love’ was uploaded to his YouTube channel, thereby announcing his next album, ‘Young as the Morning, Old as the Sea’, which also contains a piano duet with Birdie.
Passenger for Absolut Big Top
For his Absolut Big Top performance, Passenger will be backed by a live band, showcasing songs from the new record as well as breathing new life in to the many Passenger cult classics.
Commenting on the announcement. Festival CEO John Crumlish said: “Hearing Let her go on a warm, lazy summer evening by the river is a nice thought on these cold evenings and a very nice 40th birthday present to look forward to.”
Passenger will play the Absolut Big Top on Saturday 22 July 2017. Tickets, priced at €35, will go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 March on giaf.ie and roisindubh.net.
Photo: Jarrad Seng