Wednesday 22 January 2020

Malahide rocks 2020

Five acts and six concerts will rock the castle

John Manning

Six concerts have already been confirmed for the summer of 2020 at Malahide Castle.

The castle walls will be rocked by The Killers, Gerry Cinnamon, Lewis Capaldi, Picture this and Dermot Kennedy with the aforementioned Killers lined up to play two dates in the series of summer concerts.

The band, whose most recent UK sojourn was their spectacular Glastonbury 2019 headline set will embark on their biggest ever tour in May / June 2020.

The Killers will be joined at Malahide Castle by special guest Sam Fender.

Since the release of their 2004 debut, Hot Fuss, with its now-classic breakthrough singles Mr Brightside and Somebody Told Me, Las Vegas' The Killers have gone on to sell 28 million albums, win countless Grammy, Brit, Q, NME nominations and awards and headline stadia and festivals around the world.

Hot Fuss' follow up, Sam's Town, a love letter of sorts to the band's hometown, was released in 2006 and featured When You Were Young and Read My Mind.

Third studio album, Day & Age, was released to widespread critical acclaim in 2008, anchored by the massive global hit, Human. 2012's Battle Born then saw them expand their world tour into countries they've never visited before, and ultimately headlining a sold out Wembley Stadium, one of the most significant and memorable shows of their career.

The Killers' most recent LP, Wonderful Wonderful, was released in September 2017 and saw the group achieve a record breaking fifth consecutive UK Number One, also topping the U.S chart for the very first time.

With the addition of that album's hits, The Man and Run For Cover, The Killers have amassed a truly incredible back catalogue.

2019 saw The Killers unveil a standalone song, Land Of The Free, a heartfelt lament inspired by current events and recent national tragedies in the United States that was accompanied by a video from Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee. Later in 2019, the band headlined Glastonbury Festival for the second time (the first was in 2007), playing a hit laden set that also saw them joined by some of their ultimate heroes, Pet Shop Boys and Johnny Marr, in the encore.

Renowned for their electrifying live performances, The Killers are not to be missed and will set a high bar for the acts to follow this coming summer as Malahide Castle becomes the centre of the live music universe once more with the remainder of the confirmed concerts at the venue having a distinctly Celtic feel.

Fingal Independent