Villagers to play Limerick’s Big Top in May

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

Conor O'Brien of Villagers
IRISH band Villagers are the latest to be added to a growing roster of acts slated in for Limerick’s Big Top this year.

IRISH band Villagers are the latest to be added to a growing roster of acts slated in for Limerick’s Big Top this year.

Conor O’Brien’s group, who release much anticipated new album Darling Arithmetic on Domino in April, will play in the Milk Market on Sunday, May 24.

The Irish dates also include shows in the Olympia, Cork’s Opera House and Belfast’s Mandela Hall, and, with the Big Top show, are indicative of the band’s profile in Ireland.

Villagers, whose UK tour will culminate in their biggest London headline show to date at The Barbican on May 1, last played at the Limerick venue in September 2011, fuelled by the success of second album Awayland and superb debut Becoming a Jackal.

The Villagers announcement firms up a bill of shows that also includes Hudson Taylor and Nathan Carter, who both play on the May Bank Holiday weekend in the Milk Market, plus already announced shows with Irish band Walking on Cars on March 13 and the returning The Waterboys on October 30.

Tickets for the Villagers tour will be available as an exclusive pre-sale from Villagers website at 9am this Wednesday and will go on general sale this Friday at 9am from normal outlets, priced at €27.

For information and to buy tickets for all Big Top shows, see the Dolan’s website.