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Wicklow concert series to bring back an eclectic soundtrack for summer

Repro Free: 22/07/2021 Jessica Tierney (8) and Aoibhe Lily O’Toole (8) from Kilcoole Co Wicklow are pictured getting a few tips from bodhrán player Robbie Walsh of the band Perfect Friction in The People’s Park in Bray at the launch of ‘Summer Songs’ - a series of family friendly intimate outdoor concerts supporting musicians and bands over four weekends presented by Wicklow County Council Arts Office as part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme. Concerts take place on August 7th, 8th,14th, 21st & September 5th 2021 across four locations; Burnaby Park Greystones, The People’s Park Bray, Brockagh Centre Laragh and North Beach Arklow featuring Scullion, Kila, Hothouse Flowers, Mary Coughlan, Perfect Friction, Glimpse, The Gregory Walkers, Mobile Music Machine, Sonamus, Cathy Davey, The Booka Club, Wyvern Lingo, Leslie Dowdall & Mark Caplice, Mobile Music Machine and Pillow Queens. Soak up the sounds, the sunshine and easy breezy summer vibes as local musicians and bands bring back an exciting, eclectic soundtrack for summer. Tickets for the ‘Summer Songs’ concerts are €120 per pod which admits 6 people for all events except Greystones on Sunday August 8th which is €60 per Pod of 6 people. So, the effective ticket price is €20 per person or €10 per person on Sunday August 8th. Tickets can not be purchased individually due to COVID-19 precautions. Tickets available on eventbrite, search Summer Songs Wicklow. Picture Andres Poveda

A Wicklow concert series invites people to soak up the sounds, sunshine, and summer vibes with local musicians and bands.

As part of the Government’s Local Live Performance Programming Scheme, Wicklow County Council Arts Office is proud to present their Summer Songs series with musicians and bands right across the county and a mix of classical, folk, pop, R&B, and rock influences.

Artists include Scullion, Kila, Hothouse Flowers, Mary Coughlan, Perfect Friction, Glimpse, The Gregory Walkers, Mobile Music Machine, Sonamus, Cathy Davey, The Booka Club, Wyvern Lingo, Leslie Dowdall & Mark Caplice, Mobile Music Machine, and Pillow Queens.

This Wicklow concert series will be fully compliant with government COVID-19 guidelines.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite and each Ticket admits 6 people to a Pod and can not be sold on an individual basis. Up to 200 people will be in attendance as audience members and the series begins on August 7th and 8th at Burnaby Park in Greystones.

On Saturday, August 7th Scullion will headline the first show from 2pm to 4.30pm fresh after their latest release The Fruit Smelling Shop which was re-imagined and re-released as part of Bloomsday 2021.

The next concert will begin at 6.30pm when Kíla returns to the Wicklow stage with their unique and ever-evolving sound. On Sunday, August 8th  from 3.30pm to 6.30pm families will take a trip into the deep dark woods with The Gregory Walkers for a musical adventure combining storytelling and music in a charming performance for the young and young at heart.

Wicklow Concert series event for Summer Songs
Sophia Poveda (2) from Delgany pictured in The People’s Park in Bray. Picture Andres Poveda

This will be followed by the Mobile Music Machine, Ireland’s leading classical musicians and finally Sonamus presents Music of Ireland – a performance of Irish Music from the last five hundred years.

The Wicklow concert series continues on Saturday, August 14th with Cathy Davey and The Booka Club from 1.30pm to 4.30pm in The People’s Park, Bray. The next concert in Bray from 6.30pm to 9pm will feature Wyvern Lingo known for their soulful vocals and harmonies, they blend the pop, RnB, and classic rock influences that have inspired them since they formed as young teenagers.

On Saturday, August 21st from 4pm to 9pm, Summer Songs features Hothouse Flowers, Leslie Dowdall & Mark Caplice, and Mobile Music Machine from 4pm to 9pm in the Brockagh Centre, Laragh. 

Sunday, September 5th will bring Mary Coughlan and Leslie Dowdall & Feel the Pinch from 2pm to 4.30pm at North Beach, Arklow and the final concert will be with Pillow Queens from 6.30pm to 9pm at North Beach, Arklow.

At each location, viewing pods will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Viewing pods will be socially distanced by 2m from each other within the venue. Patrons will be required to maintain a minimum of 2m social distancing and wear a face covering when outside their ticketed pods.

All events operate a “leave no trace” policy and each group is provided with a refuse bag so you can take your waste with you at the end of the event.

The Local Live Performance Programming Scheme aims to support professional artists and musicians, performers, technicians, crew, lighting and sound engineers, and other support staff working in the live culture, creative and music industries to get back to work again. 


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