The Academic to play Galway International Arts Festival

Indie rock sensation to headline Heineken Big Top in summer 2019

The Academic.

The Academic.

IRISH ROCK band The Academic, best known for hit singles like ‘Different’, ‘Mixtape 2003’, ‘Bear Claws’, and ‘Why Can't We Be Friends?’, play the Galway International Arts Festival next summer.

The quartet of Craig Fitzgerald, Matthew and Stephen Murtagh, and Dean Gavin, play the Heineken Big Top on Saturday July 20. The Westmeath band have had a meteoric rise since forming in 2013, becoming one of the most exciting live acts on the Irish music scene.

With just one EP, Loose Friends, to their name in October 2015, they sold out their first show at Dublin's Vicar Street. A series of hit singles followed, before they released their debut album, Tales From The Backseat, was released in January 2018 and entered the Official Irish Charts at No 1. They also reached No 3 on the music blog aggregator Hype Machine, and enjoyed airplay from BBC Radio 1.

Last July, The Academic performed their biggest headline show at Iveagh Gardens, Dublin, to 5,000 people before playing support to The Stunning at GIAF 2018. The band have also played support to Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, and Catfish And The Bottlemen.

This is a 'Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh presents...' show. Tickets go on sale on Friday December 14 at 9am, at €35 from and


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