Limerick’s Leading Armies on City of Culture NYE bill

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Conor Ryan of Leading Armies: the band will play on New Year's Eve at the City of Culture gig
A Limerick band are set to lead the way for the City of Culture concert on New Year’s Eve.

A Limerick band are set to lead the way for the City of Culture concert on New Year’s Eve.

Local band Leading Armies are among the final additions to the massive concert to take place outside City Hall to ring in the new year and launch City of Culture.

The band will compose a special song for the occasion with Derry based singer-song writer Bridie Monds-Watson - or Soak, as she is known - who is also on a starry bill, in a nod to Derry’s year of UK City of Culture ending on December 31.

The Coronas, fresh from a five night run of sell out concerts in Dublin, are also on the bill, which already includes Cavan rockers The Strypes, Maverick Sabre and an enticing collaboration between Dolores O’Riordan and the Irish Chamber Orchestra.

More than half of the tickets for the 2,800 capacity show on Merchant’s Quay have already been sold, with promoters predicting a sell-out for the show, which will run from 8.30pm-1am and be broadcast live on RTE television and on radio on 2FM.

Two rounds of fireworks will take place on the night, at 20.14 from the riverside, and at midnight from behind St Mary’s Cathedral, to ring in the new year, to a track specially composed by Limerick DJ Paul Webb.

City of Culture artistic director Karl Wallace said the New Year’s Eve concert would “be the kick-off for what will be an incredible year”.

The Potato Market will play host to an enclosed food market packed with food stalls with full bar facilities available.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.