Hermitage Green ready for Big Top billing in Limerick

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

On the road again: Limericks Hermitage Green are to headline a major gig in the Big Top - the Milk Market - on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend. Picture: Liam O'Cathasaigh
LIMERICK’S own Hermitage Green will headline the first in a series of gigs Live at the Big Top in the city this summer.

LIMERICK’S own Hermitage Green will headline the first in a series of gigs Live at the Big Top in the city this summer.

The popular quintet will be joined by The Riptide Movement and Gavin James on a tasty triple bill for the May Bank Holiday weekend in the Milk Market venue.

The band are just back from a dizzying tour - which they dubbed the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ - of Canada, the US and Czech Republic, and the machine will crank up again in just a matter of days for an extended Irish stint.

The booking by Dolan’s for the Big Top gig on Sunday, May 4, marks a major step-up for the Limerick band, who have sold out the Warehouse but now make the jump to headliner in the Milk Market, with a capacity crowd expected.

“It has always been the goal to promote a local artist from the bar in Dolan’s to the ‘Upstairs’ venue, to selling out the Warehouse and to now headlining the Big Top,” explained Mick Dolan, who said the show was the first in a sequence of Big Top gigs to mark 20 years of Dolan’s opening in Limerick, a series which also ties into City of Culture.

“Hermitage Green have grown from strength to strength and I am blown away by their development,” added the venue boss.

The gig will take place on the Sunday of the May Bank Holiday, with gates opening at 6.30pm on the day that the Great Limerick Run takes place in the city, which should make for a party atmosphere.

Gavin James recently won Meteor Song of the Year for Say Hello, which also reached number one, while the Riptide Movement are just about to release their third album, Getting Through and have supported The Rolling Stones, among other luminaries.

A high profile UK act is also set to be announced shortly for a Big Top gig over the summer.

“It is an exciting year ahead, we are going to be doing a lot of gigs,” Mick said recently.

Tickets for Hermitage Green, priced at €18, go on sale this Thursday morning from Dolan’s and Ticketmaster outlets.