The Playing Fields Music Festival

Event Performers

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The Stunning

The Stunning formed in 1987 in Galway, Ireland and had their first top twenty single just a year later followed by two more top ten hits before their debut album 'Paradise in the Picturehouse' hit the number one spot in 1990 staying there for 5 weeks. The band was now a household name and became the soundtrack to the lives of a whole generation of people brought up in Ireland during the 80's and 90's. Over the next year or so, there were four more hit singles, followed by another number one album. They released a live album in '93 before splitting up a year later. After an absence of almost ten years, the band reformed for an 18-date tour, which turned out to be one of the highest grossing tours in Ireland of 2003. In 2012 around 30,000 people turned out to see them play a free concert in their old hometown of Galway city, a testament to the timeless quality of their music. And more was to come: in May 2017 they released a brand new single 'Brighten Up My Life', which has received over 1700 plays on Irish radio to date. Another new single 'Always You' was released in November of the same year, the day before their first sell-out London show in 23 years. On 6th March 2018 the band released 'Twice Around the World', a re-recorded, re-vamped version of their number one album 'Once Around the World'. It topped the charts once again and was the biggest-selling album in Ireland that week. The band then embarked on a sold-out tour of Ireland and headlined festivals over the summer of 2018. The Stunning are most definitely back, sounding as fresh as ever.

The 4 Of Us

THE 4 OF US are one of the most acclaimed bands in Ireland, having been a steadfast part of Irish music history for 30 years. Blending contemporary roots with rock, the award- winning band was formed by brothers Brendan and Declan Murphy from the border town of Newry in Northern Ireland. Their truly unique sound has garnered a large and loyal fan base and an enviable catalogue of timeless songs, including numerous Top 20 Irish charting albums and hit singles. Regulars on Irish radio playlists, their music has also been featured on American, UK, and Irish TV and film soundtracks. THE 4 OF US shot to early fame towards the end of 1989 with their debut Songs for the Tempted, which featured the massive hits Mary and Drag My Bad Name Down. They are currently enjoying more chart success with the chart topping Feile Classical The Live album and have just returned from a sold out UK tour with folk legends Fairport Convention. Sugar Island, their latest critically acclaimed album explores the Murphy brothers' early years growing up in a border town during the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland.

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The Frank And Walters

It’s been an eventful few years for the band with the release of their latest album Songs for the Walking Wounded in 2016 and a European tour in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their 2nd album Grand Parade in 2017. 2018 had began with the band beginning work on the next album when, twenty five years after they gate crashed the UK Top 20 with their seminal hit ‘After All’, the track found a whole new audience following a classic television moment on the RTE/BBC production The Young Offenders. As the captives of a lovably psychotic Billy Murphy broke into the indie anthem on a Cork bus, so began the track’s whirlwind ascent of music charts both here and in the UK, culminating in a mid-week position of Number 1 on the i-Tunes download chart. A little more than 25 years to the day since the Franks played ‘After All’ on BBC’s flagship music show, Top of the Pops, the melodic hit once again reminded listeners that good tunes simply never go away.

The 2 Johnnies

The 2 Johnnies are a hugely popular and hilarious Music & Comedy Duo, Johnny B (O’Brien) & Johnny Smacks (McMahon) from Tipperary. Known for their comedy sketches and songs that capture the uniquely funny side of all things Irish, the 2 Johnnies have become part of the fabric of Irish Entertainment scene and they are just getting started. Fresh off the back of 2 sell out nights of their live podcast show in Dublin, their Christmas show in Whelan’s sold out to full capacity in 24 hours and now the boys set off on the high roads and highways of Ireland for their first ever nationwide tour Over the past 12-18 months the guys have performed in Ireland, UK, US & UAE to sold out audiences for over 20,000 people! Such is their appeal and their strong base of loyal fans! And this is before their first ever actual tour! Their YouTube channel has had over 8 million views and their “The 2 Johnnies Podcast” has been No.1 in the Irish Podcast chards 38 weeks in a row, that’s every single episode for the past 7 months. And the incredible stats just keep on coming! 170,000 followers on Facebook, 76,000 followers on Instagram, a further 30.7K on each of their personal Instagram pages, 80,000 followers on Snapchat and 4 number 1 songs on Irish iTunes charts. Their ‘Get Loose’ tour is a mix of sketches, stand-up comedy and songs from Internet sensations & the makers of Irelands funniest Podcast. Hear the stories so loose, they couldn’t be broadcast!!

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