Rockabilly Queen Imelda May returns for second Big Top show

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

CHART topping singer Imelda May will return to Limerick in December for her second show at the Live at the Big Top gig series in the Milk Market.

CHART topping singer Imelda May will return to Limerick in December for her second show at the Live at the Big Top gig series in the Milk Market.

May, from the Liberties in Dublin, will perform in the venue the night before Christmas Eve, and joins The Coronas and Bell X1 as the third act announced in as many weeks to play in the Milk Market.

The coiffured rhythm and blues siren, who has had two albums certified triple platinum and gold in Ireland, became just the second act to play in Limerick’s newest outdoor venue, packing out the Big Top over the June Bank Holiday weekend, immediately relaying to promoters Dolan’s that she wished to return to the facility, which is steadily building a reputation as one of the finest venues in the Mid-West.

The singer has just released More Mayhem, a special edition version of the album which has sold over 200,000 copies worldwide, and promoter Mick Dolan said he was keen to welcome her back after “a cracker of a gig” in June.

“Imelda is a world-class performer who has a great fan base here in Limerick and the surrounding areas,” he said. “With the date being the day before Christmas Eve it promises to be a magical evening for her many fans.”

Dolan admitted that with Calvin Harris, The Stunning, Villagers and The Coronas all playing in the Big Top in recent months, a buzz is starting to build in music circles about the venue’s potential, making it more likely that big name acts will continue to be attracted to the city.

“Word about the suitability and originality of the venue is getting around and we hope to welcome the cream of international talent in all genres to Limerick over the coming 12 months,” he said.

Imelda May plays the Big Top on December 23. Tickets are on sale from Dolan’s and Ticketmaster.