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Fontaines DC take centre stage to raise cash for homelessness fight


Dublin band Fontaines DC

Dublin band Fontaines DC

Dublin band Fontaines DC

Tickets have gone on sale for a gig next month that will be headlined by Fontaines DC at the Olympia Theatre in aid of Focus Ireland.

The band have been garnering accolades at home and abroad for their live performances, and they have built up a loyal following since their debut album, Dogrel, was released last April.

They are headlining the Independent.ie Rock Against Homelessness gig and will be joined on stage by The Murder Cap- ital, Kneecap, Just Mustard, The Altered Hours, Melts, Stefan Murphy and Mary Wallopers.

"There are now nearly 4,000 children who are homeless in Ireland and it is truly shocking that three families - and some individuals - become homeless every single day nationwide," said Focus Ireland chief executive Pat Dennigan.

"This is unacceptable and wrong, and we are working with families and individuals to help them.


"In such a crisis, events like Independent.ie's Rock Against Homelessness really help to shine a spotlight on this important issue.

"They also raise vital funds for our services to support people who have lost their homes and to prevent others losing theirs in the first place.

"We are delighted that Fontaines DC are headlining the concert this year on March 3 in the Olympia Theatre.

"It is certainly going to be the gig of the year, with lots of other top acts lined up, and it's a great way for people to help to support the work of Focus Ireland while also having a great night out."

Independent.ie publisher Peter Vandermeersch said: "A news organisation like ours obviously reports and analyses the news, but we try to do more than just stand at the sideline of events.

"We feel responsible for our society and we want to support the less fortunate people in it. That's why Independent.ie's Rock Against Homelessness is such a crucial event for us."

The event will be MC-ed by Today FM's Paul McLoone, and Cadbury Ireland and Hard Rock Cafe have come on board as sponsors.

Tickets cost €38 (no booking fee) from Ticketmaster.ie.

Focus Ireland works with people who are homeless or are at risk of losing their homes nationwide.

Many who are homeless are staying in emergency hostel accommodation or are families living in cramped bed and breakfast rooms with inadequate facilities for their children's development.