The Stunning set to brew up a storm in Limerick’s ‘Big Top’

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

IRISH rock legends The Stunning will be ‘brewing up a storm’ in Limerick in September, becoming the latest act to be announced for the ‘Big Top’ @ the Milk Market series of gigs.

IRISH rock legends The Stunning will be ‘brewing up a storm’ in Limerick in September, becoming the latest act to be announced for the ‘Big Top’ @ the Milk Market series of gigs.

The group will perform along with Limerick’s own Hermitage Green - featuring former Munster flier Barry Murphy - on Friday, September 23, making it three nights on the trot in the city’s newest outdoor venue, after Villagers and the Calvin Harris-headlined Arthur’s Day on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.

And booker Mick Dolan confirmed exclusively to City Life this Monday that top Irish act Jape will also perform in Dolan’s Warehouse on Saturday, September 24, making it four nights of top quality live music in the city next month.

“We are trying to make a weekend of it with Jape on the Saturday, trying to attract people into the city,” he said. “We are talking to the hotels to do some deals and it should be a great run of gigs over the four days.”

Of The Stunning - who have sold in excess of 100,000 albums in Ireland alone - Mick said: “They are legends of rock music in Ireland, the anthems that they have and we are delighted to have them. They are of a different profile to Villagers and Arthur’s Day, so it lends a good blend for the series of gigs”.

With songs such as Half Past Two, Romeo’s On Fire, Everything That Rises and Brewing Up A Storm, The Stunning have maintained a sizeable support base despite breaking up in the mid-1990s and reforming in 2003.

Mick added that he was also “delighted to have Hermitage Green as well, it is important to look after the local scene and we are hoping to get a few other Limerick bands on over the few days as well. People will get a bit of value seeing new bands as well as the headline acts”.

For Hermitage Green the support slot gig is a massive one, coming after they also played at the Rose of Tralee festival this week.

Barry Murphy told City Life that the band - featuring his brother Dan, Darragh Griffin and Darragh Graham - were “thrilled” to get the gig. The excellent band have started playing their own original material and are an exciting prospect on the local scene.

Tickets for The Stunning gig have gone on sale and are “flying out the door”, according to Mick Dolan. While the initial allocation for the Arthur’s Day gigs sold out - faster than those in Cork and Belfast - some limited tickets are still on sale.