Saturday 20 January 2018

Macklemore makes special video for Irish fans ahead of 'largest headlining show of all time' at Marley Park

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

American rapper Macklemore has filmed a special video for Irish fans ahead of his 'largest headlining show of all time' at Marlay Park, Dublin on July 10.

The Grammy-winning artist, who is one half of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, posted the video on YouTube to thank Irish fans for their support since his first show to 200 people at The Twisted Pepper venue in Dublin in 2011.

"We were playing our first time in Europe and for some reason we could not get a show in Ireland," he reveals.

"We were thought to be unknown and in turn no promoter would book us.  Eventually a friend of a friend convinced a small little venue called The Twisted Pepper to let us perform."

The show sold out immediately, and Macklemore was also surprised by the response of the crowd to his performance.

"I had never experienced that level of energy the Irish brought to the show.  May family's history comes from Ireland so to get that type of love felt like a homecoming, a community of people whose support for my music would only be rivalled by my own of Seattle, Washington.  There was nothing like it."

Macklemore has returned to Ireland to perform every year since then, to increasingly large audiences and now the rapper thrilled to announce what will be his "largest headlining show of all time" performing to 35,000 people.

The 'Thrift Shop' singer also revealed that his team will be filming the performance "to celebrate this landmark moment" and will also be selling a limited edition Marley Park t-shirt on the day.

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