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Sunday 22 July 2018

Legend Don McLean in Sligo for June Bank Holiday gig

The man behind one of the best known songs of all time will play Sligo next year over the June Bank Holiday weekend.

Legendary Don McLean will take to the stage thanks to the organisers of Sligo Live who will host the concert at the Knocknarea Arena on Sunday 3rd June 2018. This will be the American artist’s first ever Sligo gig. Tickets for the all-seated show will go on sale this Thursday 30th November at 10.30pm priced at €49.50.

In an exciting new departure, Sligo Live is delighted to host the concert by Don McLean.

The talented singer-songwriter rose to international fame on massive hits like Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) and American Pie, two of the greatest hits in the history of popular music. His Sligo performance is part of a major Irish Tour.

Sligo Live co-producer Rory O'Connor said: "Following the success of Sligo Live 2017, we felt we needed to do more to promote MusicCitySligo, emphasising that Sligo is a hotbed of music all year round, not just during Sligo Live.

"Don McLean is an example of the top quality artists we try to book for Sligo Live, but often our October dates do not coincide with their touring schedules and in this case, we decided to run it as a Sligo Live special."

He continued: "Don will be touring with a full band. A support act will be announced later. Sligo music lovers and visiting audiences will enjoy a great night out.

"Don is such an immense artist and loves performing for Irish audiences. Over the years he has been one of the most consistently popular artists to play Ireland with Irish Number One's The Mountains of Mourne and Roy Orbison's Crying. Perhaps Don McLean tickets could be the ideal Christmas gift for the music lovers in your life?"

Over a long career, Don McLean has been recognised with multiple awards including the irresistibly catchy American Pie which is said to have been inspired by the death of Buddy Holly.

The 8.5 minute long two-sided single was number one in the Billboard Charts for seven weeks and in 2002 was named in the five greatest songs of the 20th Century.

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