Heineken® Big Top Announcements Before Galway International Arts Festival Programme Launch

April 12, 2019
Heineken® Big Top Announcements Before Galway International Arts Festival Programme Launch

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh are delighted to announce two more Heineken Big Top headliners before the full 2019 GIAF programme is announced in May. On Sunday 21 July, Grammy Award-winning R&B singer Macy Gray will take to the GIAF19 stage with special guests Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. One week later, chart-topping Irish rock band The Coronas will play a special end of Festival party on Sunday 28 July with support from Le Boom, Ryan McMullan, True Tides and The Clockworks.

American singer-songwriter Macy Gray has been beloved by legions of fans since her triple-platinum debut On How Life Is in 1999. Two decades into her career, she has sold over 25 million albums, sold out venues in every corner of the globe, appeared in several feature films, and collaborated with everyone from Ariana Grande to Galactic. Released last year, her tenth studio-length album, Ruby, is a bold mix of genres and collaborations whilst staying true to Gray’s trademark raspy soulfulness. Special guests on the night - Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - have formed a reputation as one of the best live bands around. Comprised of seven sons of jazz trumpeter, the great Phil Cohran, they’ve performed and collaborated with everyone from Mos Def to Wu Tang Clan to Erykah Badu.

The Coronas return to the Galway International Arts Festival stage this summer for the first time since their sold-out performance at GIAF17 for a very special end of Festival party. One of Ireland’s most popular live acts, they’re known for anthemic ballads, festival appearances, and massive stadium shows. Since bursting on the scene with Heroes or Ghosts in 2007, they’ve achieved platinum sales three times and sold out tours of Ireland, Europe, and Australia. Their July 28 July GIAF performance is one of the first announced dates for their ‘Long Way Home Festival’ tour. They’ll be joined at the Heineken® Big Top by four breakthrough Irish live acts, Le Boom, Ryan McMullan, True Tides and The Clockworks for a very special end of Festival party to round out GIAF19 in style.

Macy Gray with special guests Hypnotic Brass Ensemble will play the Heineken® Big Top on Sunday 21 July 2019. Tickets, priced at €35, go on sale Thursday 18 April at 9am.

The Coronas end of Festival party with special guests Le Boom, Ryan McMullan, True Tides and The Clockworks will play the Heineken® Big Top on Sunday 28 July 2019. Tickets, priced at €44.50, go on sale Thursday 18 April at 9am.

GIAF19 takes place from 15-28 July. The full programme will be announced in May. Announcements to date include Villagers and John Grant (Thursday 18 July), Bell X1 (Friday 19 July), The Academic (Saturday 20 July), Burt Bacharach (Monday 22 July), Two Door Cinema Club (Friday 26 July), ORBITAL (Saturday 27 July),  and Kneehigh’s Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs).

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.

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