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Gilbert O'Sullivan for Sligo Live 2017

Gilbert O’Sullivan will headline Sligo Live Festival on Saturday night, 28th October 2017 in the Knocknarea Arena at 8.30 pm. This will be the Waterford-born legend’s first ever Sligo appearance. Tickets for the all-seated show at €46.50 + s.c. are on sale now from www.sligolive.ie, Ticketmaster and the Hawk’s Well Theatre (071 9161518).

Gilbert O’ Sullivan boasts a truly prolific career, Spanning generations with ease. He had a string of hits on both sides of the Atlantic which became instantly recognisable standards including ‘Nothing Rhymed’; ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’; ‘Clair’ & ‘Get Down’.

Festival co-producer, Rory O’Connor said “He is in the middle of his tour celebrating a 50 year career. He has been selling out venues all over and his Sligo date is his first Irish performance following his performance for BBC Radio 2 Proms in the Park on Saturday 9th September at Hyde Park with a crowd of over 50,000 people.”

Gilbert’s first single was released in 1970 and almost overnight it achieved Top-Ten status In the UK charts. His debut album ‘Himself’ was littered with the most-perfect examples of his art & craftsmanship. Top-10 singles were no longer surprises. Despite this amazing early success it wasn’t until 1972 where Gilbert firmly cemented himself amongst the world’s best with his critically acclaimed song, ‘Alone Again (Naturally)’, topped the US charts for an astonishing 6-weeks, The 2000s have seen Gilbert enjoying a career revival with The Berry Vest of Gilbert O’Sullivan returning him to the UK Top 20 in 2004, Gilbertville (2011) enjoying success in the UK and Japan where in 1994 he had a number 1 with the song Tomorrow, Today, and well-received performances at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival and London’s Royal Albert Hall in 2009.

2016’s 43 song 2CD anthology “Gilbert O’Sullivan: The Essential Collection” was a truly definitive career overview, stretching from before his first hit ‘Nothing Rhymed’ to his current single “I Guess I’ll Always Love You”. The track-listing was selected by Gilbert, who said, “The nice thing about putting together this compilation is that it allowed me to re-visit and choose many of the songs I’m most proud of, whether they be taken from various albums or released as singles.” The Essential Collection debuted at number 11, his highest chart position since 1974. O’Sullivan’s 2012 release The Very Best Of – A Singer & His Songs entered the UK albums charts at number 12 and sold over 60,000 copies, earning him a silver disc.

Gilbert is currently working on his brand new studio album in his recording studio in Jersey, alongside producer Ethan Johns. The album is scheduled for release at the start of 2018

Rory O’Connor added “This is the first all-seated concert in the Knocknarea Arena where people will be able to select their own seats in advance, in response to feedback from the public. This will avoid the need to queue for good seats on the night. There will be refreshments available and concertgoers can take their drinks in to their seats. We hope this will make the live concert experience even more enjoyable”

Tickets for this event will be on sale on line at Sligolive.ie, in the Hawks Well (071 916 1518) and from Ticketmaster. Tickets are priced at €46.50 + s.c.

SLIGO LIVE FESTIVAL is a great way for festival goers to experience live music throughout the day and night in intimate venues around Sligo over 6 days spanning the SLIGO LIVE Bank Holiday Weekend. Add the dynamic Sligo Sessions, the Arrivals emerging artists’ strand, unique 3-Stage Festival Club, Food Trail, Festival Fringe and Sligo’s stunning setting on the Wild Atlantic Way and you have the perfect place for an autumn break.

For more information on Sligo Live – Ireland’s premier folk, roots and indie music festival, see www.sligolive.ie

Festival goers will have the opportunity to enjoy many of Sligo’s year round activities; Hill and Forest walks, Seaweed baths, Boating, Fishing, Surfing, Sailing, Camping, Golf, Music Archives, all in a beautiful natural environment which makes for the perfect break.

Sligo is a hotbed of music and culture all year round; home to a large community of musicians, writers and artists who enrich the life of the area. Sligo is the spiritual home of Nobel Prizewinning poet, William Butler Yeats and his artist brother Jack who both freely acknowledged Sligo’s profound inspiration in their work, which lives on in its lyrical surroundings.

Easy access from the UK through Ireland West Airport Knock, Belfast and Dublin airports and ferries; so treat yourself to an Autumn break and jump into the middle of Sligo Live featuring great music under every conceivable roof where musicians and audience mingle freely. Ireland West Airport Knock has a convenient network of flights from Stansted, Manchester, Luton, Bristol, East Midlands, Glasgow, Gatwick, Dublin and Birmingham. Ireland West is only 45 minutes from Sligo.

Sligo Live Festival is a not-for-profit festival and has the support of investment from its public and private partners. It is made possible by this community effort and the input from the host of volunteers you will meet as you go from event to event.

For festival details and regular announcements go to Sligo Live Festival Facebook page www.facebook.com/SligoLiveFe