Villagers and John Grant | GIAF 2019 | Heineken Big Top

Choice Music Prize-winning band Villagers and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter John Grant will play an unmissable double bill at this year’s Heineken Big Top.

The two Festival favourites will return to the GIAF stage Thursday 18 July for a night of unforgettable performances.

Adored by critics and fans alike since their 2010 debut, Villagers will play in Galway following a string of arena shows with Mumford & Sons.

In addition to new songs off their 2018 release, The Art of Pretending to Swim, Villagers’ extensive catalogue of songs include ‘Nothing Arrived’, ‘Becoming A Jackal’ and ‘A Trick of the Light’.

John Grant is known for live performances with greats as varied as Sinead O’Connor, Kylie Minogue, and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. Like Villagers, he released a widely lauded album in autumn of 2018, the ‘heart-stopping’ Love is Magic.

From John Grant, Heineken Big Top audiences can look forward to songs like ‘GMF’, ‘Pale Green Ghosts’, and ‘Disappointing’.

Don’t miss your opportunity to see two superb live acts in one night under the Heineken Big Top.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

‘arch brilliance that also makes room for quiet introspection’

NME on John Grant

‘Villagers generate the type of music (sparse, eerie, casually dishevelled, tangibly cool) that will spread beyond the confines of niche appreciation into a great blue yonder’

The Irish Times
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Heineken Big Top

Further event information:

Galway International Arts Festival
+353 91 509 700
18 Jul 2019