Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh announce Stewart Copeland as the final act of the Heineken® Big Top 2024 line-up

9 April 2024

Stewart Copeland alongside Police Deranged for Orchestra and conducted by Eímear Noone will feature some of The Police’s biggest hits as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2024.

They will play Live at the Heineken Big Top on Wednesday 17th July 2024.

Tickets on sale Friday 12th April at 10am.

Police Deranged for Orchestra celebrates the work of legendary rock star and composer, Stewart Copeland and the music of The Police, and focuses on the epic rise of Copeland’s career that has spanned over four decades. A date at the Heineken® Big Top, conducted by Galway’s Eimear Noone was announced today for 17th July.

With many of The Police’s biggest hits including Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, Walking on the Moon, Every Breath You Take, Every Little Thing She Does is Magic and Message in a Bottle this unique concert features Stewart Copeland on drums, with guest vocalists and band alongside a 28-piece orchestra.

Copeland is a unique figure in the music world, renowned as the founder of The Police, a band that became a defining force in rock music from the 1980s through to the present day. He is also a seasoned and prolific composer in opera, ballet and orchestral music.

‘Everyone onstage and off had a blast. Pure magic.’ Stir

“My two decades before the mast as a hired-gun film composer had forced an education in orchestration upon me, and the idea formed to make this combination that brings us here tonight.  Sting’s songs, Andy’s inventions and my impunity, all on the page for a wild ride with Eimear Noone conducting a fantastic orchestra.” Stewart Copeland

Galway born, LA based Eímear Noone is an award–winning film and videogame composer and conductor. As one of the world’s premier composers of games scores, Eímear is responsible for some of the most enduring soundscapes on World of Warcraft. Eímear also conducts orchestras worldwide and in 2020 she made history by becoming the first female conductor to perform at the 92nd Academy Award’s ceremony.

Tickets for Police Deranged for Orchestra at the Heineken® Big Top will go on sale on 12th April at 10am from giaf.ie.

Galway International Arts Festival would also like to acknowledge the support of its principal funding agencies The Arts Council and Fáilte Ireland; Galway City Council; its Drinks Partner Heineken; and Education Partner University of Galway.