Irish Legends, The Saw Doctors, Set to Rock the Heineken Big Top at Galway International Arts Festival in July 2024

1 December 2023

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh announce The Saw Doctors will return to the Heineken® Big Top 27th July 2024 as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2024.

The Saw Doctors will play the Heineken® Big Top as part of Galway International Arts Festival on Saturday 27th July following their US Tour next summer which includes a headline show at SummerStage in Central Park, New York.

After two spectacular performances as part of GIAF 2023, that left fans craving for more, the band is ready to ignite the stage once again in what promises to be a night of unforgettable music and memories.

The Heineken® Big Top, a central venue of the renowned Galway International Arts Festival, provides the perfect backdrop for The Saw Doctors to showcase their unique blend of rock, folk, and pop-infused tunes. Fans can expect a high-energy performance featuring classic hits like I Useta Lover, N17, and To Win Just Once, as well as newer tracks that showcase the band's enduring talent and creativity.

Tickets for The Saw Doctors' Heineken® Big Top performance at Galway International Arts Festival will go on sale on Wednesday 6th December at 10am from

Given the band's popularity and the venue's limited capacity, fans are encouraged to secure their tickets early to avoid missing out on what promises to be a musical highlight of the summer.

As part of the Galway International Arts Festival, this event is a celebration of creativity, culture, and community. Festival-goers can immerse themselves in a unique blend of music, visual arts, theatre and more, making The Saw Doctors' performance one of the highlights of the 2024 festival.

The Saw Doctors have enjoyed a tremendous run of ‘comeback’ shows this year with storming sets at Electric Picnic and Glastonbury Festival as well as sell out gigs in New York at Hammerstein Ballroom and in London at the famous Hammersmith Apollo venue.

The Saw Doctors are powered by Tuam song writers Davy Carton and Leo Moran with a current lineup that includes former Waterboy Anthony Thistlethwaite on saxophone, Kieran Duddy, keyboards & accordion, Rickie O’Neill, drums, Will Merrigan, bass guitar, Noelie McDonnell & Tommy Carton on backing vocals.

“Born into a repressed, catholic, conservative, small-town, agrarian and showband infested society”, guitarist Leo Moran explains, “The Saw Doctors are trying to preserve the positive elements of our Irish background and marry them to the sounds which have culturally invaded our milieu through TV, radio, social media, 45’s, fast food restaurants, 24-hour petrol stations and electric blankets.”

The Saw Doctors debut album ‘If This Is Rock and Roll, I Want My Old Job Back’ went straight to No.1 on its release in 1991, selling a half a million copies worldwide. The second single ‘I Useta Lover’ spent nine weeks at No.1 in the Irish Charts, going on to become the biggest selling Irish single ever.

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.