Bell X1to play Galway International Arts Festival
Irish rock band to play Heineken Big Top at GIAF 2019
Tuesday 27 November
Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh are delighted to announce the return of Bell X1 to the Galway International Arts Festival in 2019.
The Irish rock band, who played a sold-out gig at the festival in 2016 following one of the most memorable concerts in festival history in 2011, will play the Heineken Big Top on Friday 19 July, 2019.
Bell X1 are one of Ireland’s most popular bands, second only to U2 in terms of radio play and, according to Billboard, the second biggest live performers.
The band has also ticked off every possible album type on the list, from the big major label Flash Harry recording session in London town, to the experimental, to the DIY.
They’ve done albums as a five-piece, as a four piece and as a three piece. They’ve mixed up their harmonic and melodic bittersweet leanings with scratchy electronic signals to see what would happen.
That experimentation has been recognized and rewarded, with four of their albums nominated for the Choice Music Prize for Irish Album of the Year and three debuting at #1 on the Irish Album Charts.
Following a hugely successful 2015 that included a sell-out acoustic tour of Ireland, and playing support to Ed Sheeran at Croke Park, the band returned to the studio to record their 7th album.
2016’s Arms is a Bell X1 album in name and breeding, but which sounds like nothing else in their canon. The depth and width, the colours and shades, are familiar, but there’s a new space and sense to the songs which speaks volumes about what the band have achieved.
In what is sure to be one of the best live gigs of the festival, the crowd can expect to hear hits from their canon of critically-acclaimed albums, which include ‘Rocky Took a Lover’, ‘The Great Defector’, ‘The End is Nigh’ and ‘Flame’ amongst others.
Bell X1 will play the Heineken Big Top as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2019 on Friday 19 July. Tickets for Bell X1 go on sale on Friday 7 December 2018 at 9am, priced at €35, from www.giaf.ie and roisindubh.net.
Galway International Arts Festival 2019 takes place from 15-28 July 2019, with more acts set to be announced in the coming weeks. GIAF recently announced that Indie rock band Two Door Cinema Club will play the Heineken Big Top on Friday 26 July.
Galway International Arts Festival would like to acknowledge the
support of its principal funding agencies the Arts Council and Fáilte
Ireland, its Drinks Partner Heineken and Education Partner NUI Galway.
Photo credit: Mulography
For further information, please contact:
Communications & Development Manager,
Galway International Arts Festival,
David Geraghty is most well-known to Irish audiences as a founding member of Bell X1 but in recent years he has been exploring a new solo direction under the moniker Join Me In The Pines. The new single ‘Two to Fall in Love’ will be released on 16 April 2018 and represents a move away from the dark folk of previous albums, embracing instead joyous music with hints of Prince, Bowie, Gary Numan, Nile Rodgers. ‘Two to Fall in Love’ has an electropop sensibility underpinned by a brooding bassline, with Geraghty’s atmospheric vocals gliding over the top.
Following on from the Join Me in the Pines’ solo tour in February, Geraghty has just announced a May/June full band tour which will preview the bold new musical direction. Geraghty says, “I really enjoyed getting back out there on the recent solo tour, but I’m so excited to perform the new album with the Join Me in the Pines band in May and June. The reaction to the new songs in February was great but now it’s time to get the groove on with the band.” David will be joined on the road by Marc Aubele (keyboards and vocals), Mick Major (bass and vocals) and Daragh Mayon (drums and vocals).
A new album will be forthcoming later this year with mixing duties undertaken by the very talented Ross Dowling (James Vincent McMorrow, Talos, Brian Deady). This will be David’s fourth solo release and the second under Join Me in the Pines.
May / June TOUR 2018:
Fri. 11 May – Cleeres Kilkenny
Thurs. 17 May – de Barras, Clonakilty
Fri. 18 May – Roundys, Cork City
Fri. June 1 – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Fri. June 8 – Dolans, Limerick
Ticket links at: http://joinmeinthepines.com/gigs
BELL X 1
CELEBRATING 20 YEARS!
March 21st-25th – 5 Night Residency at Vicar St, Dublin (all shows are sold-out)
May 6th – King John’s Castle, Limerick (sold-out)
June 15th – Live at the Marquee, Cork
To celebrate 20 years together as a band, Bell X1 will take up a special residency with of 5 Nights at Vicar Street starting next Tuesday 21st March. Moving outdoors later in the year, the band will play Limerick in May and then Cork in June.
Each night at Vicar St will offer something different for the fans, with spotlights on certain albums and moments that have made Bell X1 one of Ireland’s most treasured bands.
Lots can happen over 20 years. While economies can collapse and rebuild. Lovers can lock eyes, walk down aisles and drop children to school gates. Under our noses, tastes undergo changes we may never understand and cherished silver can earn its tarnishing.
Live in 2018
Wed 21 March, Vicar St – Neither Am I
Thu 22 March, Vicar St – Music In Mouth
Fri 23 March, Vicar St – Flock
Sat 24 March, Vicar St – Greatest Hits
Sun 25 March, Vicar St – Bell X1 Acoustic-ish
Sun 6 May – King John’s Castle, Limerick (Greatest Hits)
Fri 15 June – Live at the Marquee, Cork (Greatest Hits)
Two decades later, they find themselves in a position even they could never have imagined. It is a unique territory in the Irish rock landscape – a household name, yes, but still keenly relevant and critically lauded. What’s more, Bell X1 remain restless and fidgety at a point in their career when most acts, should they dream of even hanging in that long, tend to narrow their field-of-vision and consolidate their legacy.
Bell X1 are Paul Noonan, Dave Geraghty & Dominic Philips.
“20 years! Jaysus! It’s kinda snuck up on us…..”– Paul Noonan
Featured album/EP: MORALITY, MORTALITY – Marc O’Reilly
Sunday 23rd Oct 2016
8pm – 9pm
|1||Torrents||Gypsies on the Autobahn|
|2||Peace Love and Rock n Roll||Francie Conway|
|3||The Great Wall of America||The Blades|
|4||Bottom Line||Ian Whitty & The Exchange|
|5||One of the Good Ones||Mick Flannery|
|6||I Never Knew That I Was Anyone||Paper Trail|
|8||Mandinka||We Cut Corners|
|9||The Few and Far Between||Ports|
|10||To The End||Track Dogs|
|11||Hot Tongue||BP Fallon|
|12||On The Downlow||Jack O’Rourke|
|13||Black Dahlia||Aine Cahill|
9pm – 10pm
28th October release
|4||All The Things You’ve Done||Barry McCormack|
|5||The Greatest Show On Earth||Darwins Daughter|
|6||Every Time I See a River||Van Morrison|
|7||If Love Was Enough||Hvmmingbird|
|9||Ghost||The Riptide Movement|
|10||Desert Road||Propeller Palms|
|11||Clap Both My Hands||Brian Deady|
|12||Turning||The New 52|