Sinéad O’Connor to Play Heineken® Big Top at Galway International Arts Festival 2020

3 December 2019

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh are delighted to announce that the inimitable Sinéad O’Connor will play the Heineken Big Top on Sunday 26 July 2020.

Following a four year hiatus from performing, renowned singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor returned to the stage in 2018 and will tour Europe and North America ahead of her GIAF appearance in July.

Though the popular singer had to cancel her scheduled appearance at GIAF 2015, she recently returned to Galway for an intimate performance at Róisín Dubh. Her October 2019 gig in Galway, which received superb reviews, came on the heels of an emotional interview on the Late Late Show during which she delivered a powerful rendition of ‘Nothing Compares 2 You’, one of the greatest pop hits of all time.

Discovered by the drummer of well-known Irish band In Tua Nua, she co-wrote their first hit. Shortly after being signed by Ensign records, her first album ‘The Lion and the Cobra’, released in late 1987, reached Platinum status.

From the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ to the multi–platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares 2 You’, Sinead has left an indelible mark with her unique image and vocal style.

An artist beyond comparison, unique, uncompromising, pioneering and visionary are just some of the descriptions that might only touch the surface of Sinéad O’Connor. Embodying a voice with beauty and innocence and a spirit part punk, part mystic with a combined fearlessness and gentle authenticity, Sinéad’s unique expression is echoed in the inspired voices of other artists who have come after.

This year marks the return of Sinéad O’Connor and a new beginning that will see Sinéad bring out new music and tour the world once again as one of the true and original living greats of our time.

Sinéad O’Connor’s Sunday 26 July performance will round out the final weekend of GIAF 2020, bringing the Festival to a close with a spectacular finish. Tickets, priced at €49.50, are available for purchase here.

Galway International Arts Festival 2020 takes place 13-26 July 2020. Rock legends Pixies, who will play a sold-out concert on Friday 17 July, announced today that they will play an additional show on Thursday 16 July. Grammy Award winners The Flaming Lips will make a much-anticipated return to the Heineken Big Top this summer on Saturday 18 July, and hugely popular Galway band The Stunning will close out the first weekend of the Festival on Sunday 19 July. Celebrated electronic musician Jon Hopkins will headline the Heineken Big Top Saturday 25 July. More acts are set to be announced ahead of the full programme release in May 2020.

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.