With huge acts like John Bishop and Jools Holland already causing a major stir ahead of this October's Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, the organisers were delighted to announce another huge show today (Tuesday) with Irish music heavyweights The Coronas due to take to the stage under the big top on Saturday, October 19.
Having been working on it for some time, Lantern Presents were delighted to have got their guys, fresh from a sold out show at the 3 Arena and playing to 15,000 people at The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. The band were amazed just how many fans travelled to these larger gigs from across the country and as a result, this year they've decided to do a bit of travelling themselves taking their 'Long Way Home Festival' show on the road.
Each show on the tour will have support from some of The Coronas' favourite up and coming acts followed by a full show in which they'll showcase songs from their latest album as well as their beloved back catalogue.
'We've been working on this for a couple of years to be honest,' said organiser Brian Byrne. 'The Coronas are one of the biggest Irish bands in recent years. They've played huge shows in the 3 Arena, Kilmainham and Irish Independent Park and have a huge following. With the 'Long Way Home Festival', they decided to get out around Ireland and we're lucky they've agreed to come and play for us.'
The Spiegeltent show promises to be a real highlight for any fans of the band.
'I think this is definitely the most intimate show on the tour,' Brian said. 'Most of the other gigs are outdoor, so this really gives people the opportunity to get up close and personal with the band. The band's sound engineer Darren Clarke used to do sound for us here at The Spiegeltent and he was telling me the lads are really looking forward to it. It's going to be a night to remember.'
Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 26, at 10 a.m. and are expected to sell-out rapidly.
'We appreciate at €48 it's not a cheap ticket,' Brian conceded. 'But I suppose it's less than you'd be charged to see the band elsewhere. We do strive to keep things as affordable as possible. We're expecting it to be very busy on Friday morning. I know buying tickets online can be a nerve-wracking experience, so we will guarantee tickets for anyone who queues up at our box office on the Main Street from 10 a.m. For those online, we'll do our best, but when they're gone, they're gone.'
Tickets will be online from www.wexfordspiegeltent.com or at the box office.