Tickets make the best Christmas gift

Snow Patrol

A Christmas gift of concert tickets is like two presents in one, the day a fan gets the gift of tickets and the date of the concert itself – a day to look forward to for the months ahead. It has been a bumper week of big gig announcements for 2024 in Limerick.

Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Oasis’s highly influential debut album by embarking on the ‘Definitely Maybe 30 Years’ tour in 2024. The tour will reach Thomond Park on Sunday, July 14, with tickets priced at €69.90, available for purchase this Friday.

During the tour, Liam will perform the ‘Definitely Maybe’ album in its entirety for the first time, along with select b-sides from that era. The sets will feature classics such as ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star,’ ‘Live Forever,’ ‘Supersonic,’ and ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol,’ among others. Additionally, fans will have the rare opportunity to witness live performances of other album tracks, like ‘Up In The Sky’ and ‘Digsy’s Dinner,’ which have seldom, if ever, been performed since the mid-’90s.

Liam states, “I’m bouncing around the house to announce the Definitely Maybe Tour. The most important album of the ‘90s bar none. I wouldn’t be anywhere without it and neither would you, so let’s celebrate together LG x”

Following his success with Oasis, Liam Gallagher’s solo career has experienced a remarkable rebirth, earning him five UK #1 albums in just six years: ‘As You Were,’ ‘Why Me? Why Not.,’ ‘C’MON YOU KNOW,’ and the live records ‘MTV Unplugged’ and ‘Knebworth 22.’

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Choice Music Prize-winning songwriter Moncrieff is set to perform his largest show in Limerick at King John’s Castle on Sunday, May 5. Tickets will be on sale from Thursday, December 7. Moncrieff is currently on a sold-out European headline winter tour, which lands in Limerick next week. (As the show sold out within a few hours, early booking is advised for his castle headliner).

Several EPs into his career, Moncrieff demonstrates his ability to craft soaring hooks, juxtaposing calm verses with explosively dynamic choruses, as evident in his recent hit, ‘Love Somebody.’

Moncrieff remarks, “‘Love Somebody’ is a celebration of seizing the moment to show someone how much they mean to you.”

His debut album is slated for release in 2024, having recently been recorded between Grouse Lodge (Westmeath) and London. Last year’s smash hit single, ‘Warm,’ won the RTÉ Choice Music Prize for Irish Song of the Year.

Snow Patrol

Snow Patrol has announced a show at Thomond Park on Friday, July 12. Tickets, priced at €53.85, will be on sale from this Friday. The band will be supported by the Limerick-based trio Kingfishr.

Over a twenty-nine-year career, Snow Patrol has carved out a unique place for themselves. From their 1998 debut, ‘Songs for Polarbears,’ hailed by Pitchfork as “an impressive piece of work,” to the 2023 20th Anniversary reissue of the x6 platinum ‘Final Straw,’ their melancholic anthems of heartbreak and separation have touched lives and mended hearts. The band has received critical and commercial acclaim, including 15 million global album sales, 1+ billion global track streams, 5 UK Platinum Albums, and nominations for Grammy, BRIT Award, and Mercury Music Prize.

The Limerick-based 3-piece, Kingfishr, has quickly established itself as one of the rising prospects in Irish music, blending a grand, atmospheric tone with catchy melodies that resonate with a wide audience. All five of their releases this past year have garnered significant Irish radio play and spots on New Music Friday UK.

The Stunning

The Stunning, with very special guests The Frank and Walters, are returning to Limerick for a massive show at King John’s Castle on Saturday, June 29. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 8, at / The Stunning’s return is fueled by popular demand.

Mick Dolan comments, “Their show last year was one of the highlights of the programme. We are delighted to welcome back The Stunning to King John’s Castle.”

In the seven years that The Stunning were initially together, they toured relentlessly, building up a following that would make them one of the most successful Irish bands ever. In 1990, their debut album ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse’ spent five weeks at number one, becoming one of the most-loved Irish albums of all time. Two years later, the follow-up ‘Once Around The World’ also hit the No. 1 spot, and the band went on to sell over 100,000 albums in Ireland alone. “Brewing Up A Storm” has become an anthem and is heard everywhere from football stadiums to clubs around the country. Songs such as ‘Half Past Two,’ ‘Romeo’s on Fire,’ and ‘Everything that Rises’ are still heard on the radio and featured in movies and numerous compilation albums of the best of Irish rock.

With a back catalogue of hundreds of songs penned over three decades, The Frank and Walters will play hits such as ‘After All’ and ‘Fashion Crisis Hits New York,’ coupled with timeless classics like ‘How Can I Exist’ and ‘Landslide.’

James Blunt

Jame Blunt, Live at Docklands, Limerick, Sunday August 25.

James Blunt will perform in Limerick for the first time as part of the Docklands festival on Sunday, August 25. Tickets will be on sale from Wednesday, December 13.

The multi-award-winning artist will perform songs spanning a stellar 19-year career that has produced over 23 million album sales, a global smash hit with ‘You’re Beautiful,’ two Brit Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.

James is back on tour in support of his new album ‘Who We Used To Be’ on Atlantic Records. James and his band will play 12 dates across the UK next Spring before performing Live At the Docklands in Limerick on Sunday, August 25.

“I cannot find the words to say how excited I am to get back out on the road again on tour in 2024,” James said. “My new album was incredibly fun to write and record, and some of the new songs will undoubtedly get you up on your feet and dancing again. I’m looking forward to crowd surfing at a venue near you.”

Gaelic Sounds

Following a sellout Wolfe Tones show last year, Gaelic Sounds will return to Limerick on Friday August 30 with a stellar lineup celebrating the best in Irish folk music and ballads in the home of Limerick GAA! 

On the bill is George Murphy & Rising Sons, All Folk’d Up, The Highstool Prophets, Fieldsy & Guest and headline act The Whistlin Donkeys!

 This year’s headliner The Whistlin Donkeys return to Limerick for first time in five years with their unique blend of trad and celtic rock.  This Tyrone sextet have had a stellar rise from their hometown pub sessions to selling out Vicar Street and the RDS earlier this year, while managing to squeeze in back to back sold out tours of the USA and Australia. Expect to hear hits like ‘Bee’s Wing, ‘South Australia’ and of course ‘Hills of Donegal.

 Joining them at the Ennis road venue is one of the most exciting voices in Irish folk music, George Murphy & The Rising Sons. Fresh from a sold-out tour of the USA and Ireland, they will bring their perfect blend of Trad, Folk and Rock ‘n’ Roll to the stage, blending whistles, fiddles and banjos with electric guitars, bass and percussion. Music fans can will enjoy  a mix of the band’s original material as well as their unique and fresh stamp on old folk classics.

 All Folk’d Up have earned acclaim as one of the standout new wave bands on the Irish folk circuit. Their unique ability to re-imagine old Irish folk and traditional songs, infusing them with a modern and up-tempo twist, has endeared them to fans. Audiences have come to expect bouncing melodies, enticing lyrical tales, vintage Folk-Rock sounds, and jaw-dropping banjo progressions.

Block Rockin’ Beats 

AFTER a huge performance at the castle this Summer, Dec Pierce and Block Rockin’ Beats are going to go one better and headline Live At The Docklands on Friday August 23.

Block Rockin Beats is a performance of the world’s biggest dance anthems featuring a DJ set with full live band, plus special guests.

90s v 00s – The Big Day Out

A HUGH throwback festival is coming to Limerick on Saturday August 31, 2024. The Big Day Out 90s vs 00s features Five, D-Ream, Cascada, Basshunter and Mark McCabe on the decks. With over five billion streams, 20 UK and Ireland No.1s and some of the biggest dancefloor hits in the world between them, the lineup for The Big Day Out 90s vs 00s in Limerick’s Gaelic Grounds is the essential throwback festival of Summer 2024.”

From the 90s Five will be live on stage performing all their certified bangers. And things will “only get better’, with D:Ream Live keeping the 90s party going. 


Repping the 00s is Cascada performing some of the world’s best party anthems. Then Glow Sticks at the ready for Swedish DJ and producer Basshunter. All hosted by Maniac 2000’s Mark McCabe. 

Johnny Marr

JOHNNY Marr needs little introduction, he is one of the most influential guitar players / songwriters in rock history and will play Live at The Big Top on Monday June 24, 2024. 

Mojo described him as “arguably Britain’s last great guitar stylist.”   The NME gave him their “Godlike Genius” award in 2013 stating: “Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest-ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet.” 

Since his time with The Smiths, Marr has played with The The; Pretenders; Modest Mouse and The Cribs.  He formed Electronic with Bernard Sumner of New Order and has also collaborated with Talking Heads, Bryan Ferry and Hans Zimmer.