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Rock acts to celebrate life of critic George Byrne


George Byrne

George Byrne

George Byrne

Some of Ireland's top rock acts will take the stage to pay tribute to legendary Herald critic George Byrne tomorrow night.

George passed away aged 57 in April after a short illness and now some of country's most iconic bands will remember his legacy at his memorial gig, Celebrating George, in Whelan's.

Homegrown performers including Pugwash, Something Happens, Paul Cleary of The Blades and many others will play the Camden Street venue to commemorate the writer's life.

Celebrating George has been organised by the famous critic's family and also former Hot Press reporter Paul O'Mahony.

"The bands who are lined up to play are the bees knees of the Irish music scene and it's a tribute to George that anyone we contacted instantly said yes," Paul told the Herald.

Tickets are €20 and are on sale now from www.wavtickets.ie.

All proceeds will go to a charity based in Dublin's Liberties, where George grew up.

"[George's family] are talking about potentially setting up something new which could be in his name, such as a fund to help musicians or writers in the area," Paul explained.