Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh announce first acts for Heineken Big Top, July 2023

6 December 2022

Bell X1, Tones And I, and Fat Freddy’s Drop to perform at Galway’s iconic venue in July 2023

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh this morning announced a number of acts who will perform at the Heineken Big Top next July.

Bell X1 make a welcome return to the Galway International Arts Festival stage on Friday 28 July for what is sure to be one of the best live gigs of the summer. One of the great Irish bands and firm crowd favourite who always deliver a great performance, audiences can expect to hear hits such as Rocky Took a Lover, The Great Defector, The End is Nigh and Flame amongst others.

Tones and I take to the Heineken Big Top stage on Saturday 29 July following an incredible entry onto the music scene with the global hit-song Dance Monkey. The tune has been No. 1 in over 30 countries going quadruple-platinum in the USA and multi-platinum in 15 other countries. Topping a whopping 7 billion plus streams worldwide, she followed this huge success with a debut album Welcome to the Madhouse and most recently a collaboration on the single Chant with Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore.

Fat Freddy’s Drop are regarded as one of the great live acts. Combining techno, house, soul, dub, reggae, funk rhythm and blues they have built a sizeable following of Fred heads both at home and internationally. With the Guardian newspaper described them as a “funk machine” and a “must see live gig”, this is a night not to be missed by music fans.

Fat Freddy’s Drop play the Heineken Big Top on the Thursday 20 July.

Galway International Arts Festival has already announced that one of the UK’s best loved bands, Kaiser Chiefs, will play the Heineken Big Top on Thursday 27 July. Heineken Big Top audiences can look forward to '00s-era favourites, like "Ruby" and "I Predict a Riot", which was featured on NME's "Greatest Indie Anthems Ever" countdown.

Tickets for the Kaiser Chiefs are now on sale while tickets for Bell X1, Tones and I and Fat Freddy’s Drop go on sale at 10am Friday 9 December at

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 University of Galway and its Energy Partner Flogas.