Social media ensures there’s no such thing as keeping a secret these days, and the word is very much out that De Barra’s in Clonakilty, Co Cork, will host the big gig tonight in this weekend’s Guinness Amplify event.
Bastille, George Ezra, and Walking On Cars will grace the stage at the West Cork venue this evening before a crowd of 300 extremely lucky people who managed to get their hands on the free tickets.
Bastille is basically Dan Smith, the multi-million selling British artiste whose Clonakilty appearance will feel like a far more intimate occasion than his last concert in Ireland, when he was one of the headliners at the Longitude festival in Dublin.
Likewise for Bristol singer-songwriter Ezra, who recently appeared at the Electric Picnic, while Dingle outfit Walking On Cars are one of the hottest young bands in the country.
Ray Blackwell of De Barra’s was delighted that his pub would be able to add some more prestigious names to an already impressive list of people who have played there.
“De Barra’s is a special pub, in a special part of the world, that has hosted some amazing acts over the last three decades but there’s no doubt that seeing Bastille, George Ezra and Walking on Cars on our intimate stage on the same night will be a highlight for years to come,” Ray said.
The surprise gig is part of the Munster leg of Guinness Amplify events that has been touring the provinces in recent weeks.
Music fans in Galway saw London Grammar last weekend, while Dundalk was treated to Irish man-of-the-moment Hozier in mid-September.
Next week’s final Amplify 2014 concerts in Dublin will include Jess Glynne, Rudimental, and Kidnap Kid.
Away from the big names, the first year of Guinness Amplify — a replacement for the Diageo company’s Arthur’s Day — has provided a platform for many emerging acts to play live. For instance, Clonakilty is just one of numerous towns throughout Munster hosting free gigs until Sunday.
The event also offers studio time to young bands and workshops with music industry experts.
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