And the First #GIAF2020 Announcement Is...

29 October 2019

Rock legends Pixies will play GIAF's iconic Heineken Big Top on Friday 17 July 2020.

One of the most influential bands of the last thirty years, Pixies, whose mix of punk aggression and pop melodies helped establish the sound that would become the calling card of alternative rock in the 1990s, will play the Heineken Big Top on 17th July 2020.

Formed in 1986, they released a mini-album in 1987 called Come On Pilgrim, followed up by their first full-length album Surfer Rosa which featured hit songs such as “Where is my Mind” and “Gigantic” in 1988. The original line-up was composed of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, backing vocals) and David Lovering (drums). Surfer Rosa was well reviewed and became a college hit in the US and UK, catapulting Pixies to fame.

Beneath The Eyrie, the band's latest album released in September 2019, was recorded last December at Dreamland Recordings near Woodstock, NY with producer Tom Dalgety (Ghost, Royal Blood, Pixies’ 2016 album Head Carrier).

While Pixies have been acclaimed as the most influential, pioneering band of the late 80s alt/rock movement, having blazed the trail for artists from Nirvana to Radiohead to Pearl Jam, today a whole new generation of music fans are discovering their “loudquietloud” signature sound.

Pixies’ shows are simultaneously electrifying and lo-fi, with the band playing songs from all points of their career as well as introducing songs from the new album. And, with no nightly set list, the songs performed at each show are determined in the heat of the moment. From a live onstage mic that feeds only to the band members, sound engineer and lighting director Black Francis calls out what the next song will be. Explained David Lovering on the nightly customization of the sets, "The best is when you can sense what the next song should be based on the atmosphere in the room. That's really, ultimately what we're going for, to read the room and to be able to make the right choice.”

As the UK’s DIY put it, “They’re back. They’re still brilliant. God save the Pixies.”

Pixies will play the Heineken Big Top on Friday 17th July 2020. Tickets, priced at €52.50 go on sale Friday 1st of November at 9am from Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

***UPDATE*** Please note this event has now sold out.

Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland, its Drinks Partner Heineken and Education Partner NUI Galway.