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Glen Hansard.

Glen Hansard.

The Coronas.

The Coronas.

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Glen Hansard.

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Sligo Live Music Festival is coming back with a host of concerts between October 22nd and October 31st. The festival has announced two of Ireland’s most renowned acts as its first headliners. Glen Hansard will play IT Sligo’s Knocknarea Arena on Bank Holiday Sunday, October 24th and the Coronas perform there on Saturday October 30th. Tickets for Glen Hansard go on sale on today (Tuesday) and The Coronas will be on sale on Thursday at www.sligolive.ie

Sligo Live producer, Rory O’Connor said: “We have been fortunate that the government’s opening date for full capacity live performances coincides with the start of Sligo Live. Our last live concert was the comedy trio ‘Foil, Arms & Hogg’ on February 29th 2020, the day the first Covid case was announced and we are ready to kick off on the first day of reopening .

“In the meantime we have been privileged to utilise our event management expertise to run the external operations as part of the fantastic team in Sligo Central Vaccination Centre at the Knocknarea Arena. This may be the most important event we have ever worked on, but for us, there’s nothing like the buzz of hosting a full house enjoying live music or comedy.”

The Coronas’ journey as a band has definitely been unique. Initially an indie success story, the band built up a huge student following with anthems like ‘San Diego Song’ and ‘Heroes or Ghosts’. Over the next 12 years they would continue to develop musically and grow their audience to become one of Ireland’s biggest bands, selling out arenas, theatres and headlining festivals in the process.

When the pandemic hit in March 2020, it left the Dublin three-piece with an unfortunate band name issue. Not to be perturbed, their album True Love Waits secured the number 1 spot in the album charts, becoming the fastest selling Irish album of 2020. With numerous multi-platinum albums under their belt and a reputation for being one of the most consistent and impressive live acts in the country for over a decade, it’s no surprise that an unfortunately named virus couldn’t stop them. True Love Waited, and it’s time for the Coronas to take centre stage again, for the right reasons.

Glen Hansard is the lead singer and a founding member of The Frames. He is one half of folk duo The Swell Season, along with Czech pianist and vocalist Markéta Irglová. Together, they share an Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” from the film Once, in which they both starred. More recently, he has released four solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated Didn’t He Ramble (2015), as well as a number of EPs and a live recording. Glen is currently working on material for his next solo record and has been waiting patiently - like every other musician - to get back in front of live audiences across the world.

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Festival co-producer, Willie Kelly said: “When we quickly realised some time ago that it wouldn’t be possible for overseas artists to make firm travel plans, we set about securing the very best Irish talent and unsurprisingly many of them shared our enthusiasm for performing to full capacity audiences again. We are delighted to bring the Coronas back to Sligo Live and this will be Glen’s first appearance with us. Over the next couple of weeks we will be announcing more top Irish talent coming to Sligo Live which has been operating since 2005 and it’s great to be back.


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