Wrecking Ball Weekender - Nowlan Park

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will headline both nights

Glen Hansard

Sat 27th July

Since the release of his first solo album, Rhythm and Repose in June, Glen has been busy touring in both the US and Europe. Around the time of release, Once the musical, picked up 8 Tony Awards for the Broadway production in New York.

Best known for his work with The Frames, The Swell Season and in the feature film Once, for which he won an Academy Award, Rhythm and Repose is Hansard’s first album of new material since his 2009 release Strict Joy with The Swell Season.

Rhythm and Repose is a result of Hansard’s last year and a half of living in New York City. The album was recorded by Patrick Dillett (David Byrne, Arto Lindsay, Laurie Anderson) and produced by Thomas Bartlett (Doveman, The National, Antony and the Johnsons). The record features the musical talents of Brad Albetta (Martha Wainwright) on bass, Ray Rizzo on drums, Nico Muhly and Rob Moose on strings (Bon Iver, Y Music), David Mansfield on slide guitar (Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Tour), Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen touring band) and half of Bruce Springsteen’s current horn section. Assisting on vocals are Cristin Milioti (Once, The Musical), Sam Amidon, Marketa Irglova and Aida Shahghasemi (Marketa Irglova touring band).

In recent months Hansard has been seen in the documentary The Swell Season which has toured the film festival circuit this year, contributed two songs to the blockbuster soundtrack, The Hunger Games, and been active in the promotion of Once, The Musical which successfully opened on Broadway on March 18 to rave reviews, including the New York Times who explains, “what was always wonderful about ‘Once,’ its songs and its staging, has been magnified.”

In 2007, Glen and Czech songstress Markéta Irglová took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song for “Falling Slowly” off the Once soundtrack. Hansard and Irglová continued the success of Once with the 2009 release Strict Joy under the namesake of The Swell Season.

“Glen Hansard is a gifted, emotive frontman who sings as if he must, with a heart on his sleeve that is constantly throbbing.” —The New York Times

Damien Dempsey

Sat 27th July

Almighty Love the brand new studio album from Damien Dempsey was released on 28th September 2012.

This much anticipated release was written in Dublin and London and recorded in New Air Studios, London. The album has been over four years in the making and is Dempsey's most definitive recording to date.

The four years since the release of his album THE ROCKY ROAD have been busy for Dempsey. In addition to writing and recording Almighty Love Dempsey was involved in recording and performing the Official Irish Euro 2012 Song ‘Rocky Road To Poland'.

Dempsey also collaborated with renowned Irish graffiti artist Maser on the project 'They Are Us'. Inspired by Dempsey's lyrics, Maser painted giant masterpieces of Dempsey's words on derelict buildings in Dublin. His bold colours and style transformed the sounds and poetry of Dempsey's songs into the very definition of street art on the Dublin cityscape. Sales of the limited edition prints raised funds for The Simon Community, a charity set up to help the homeless.

In December 2010 Dempsey and Glen Hansard, the Oscar winning songwriter, recorded and performed ‘The Auld Triangle' which raised much needed funds for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVP) ‘Keep The Lights On' Campaign.

Josh Ritter & The Royal City Band

Sat 27th July

Josh Ritter's addition to the bill follows the release of his seventh album The Beast In Its Tracks, already the subject of widespread acclaim, a top 20 billboard placing (4 in Ireland) and yet another Letterman appearance. Ritter has a long established relationship with Irish audiences having spent early parts of his career touring the country and as his popularity increased, becoming a regular at larger venues, Big Tops and Festivals. In 2011, Ritter made his debut as a published author with the New York Times Best-selling Bright's Passage (Dial Press/Random House). As a songwriter he is now considered one of his generation's best. Indeed, Paste Magazine recently declared him amongst the "100 Best Living Songwriters." Prior to their performance at the Wrecking Ball Weekender, Josh Rotter & the Royal City Band will headline their own show at the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin where they previously performed and recorded the live DVD of the same name.

Imelda May

Sun 28th July

Imelda May is a hometown hero. She is the subject of perhaps the most appealing, rewarding musical success story in Ireland in many years. She reminds us that it's still possible to have an idea and run with it without compromising its vision. And this is very much her vision, her style, her songs, her unique world. She is inspired by the ghosts of Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent, the twang of Elmore James, the pathos of Billie Holiday, the swagger of Wanda Jackson. But she is very much her own woman, a walking melting pot of style and attitude. She is a Liberties girl whose self-belief and self-penned songs have taken her to international stardom and this concert will be her biggest yet, a celebration of everything she has achieved with the albums Love Tattoo and Mayhem over the last three years.


Sun 28th July

is the affectionate acronym attached to a quartet of Irish music legends who have recently graced us with their combined presence and beautiful music. They are three-quarters Planxty and the original Bothy Band fiddler, also collectively featuring past and present members of Moving Hearts, Sweeney's Men, Mozaik, Patrick Street and numerous other ensembles of the past five plus decades of Irish music. In the 60s and 70s they were trailblazers and groundbreakers, and when you see them onstage in 2013, bar the odd grey hair, not a lot has changed.

And there you have LAPD. They lit up the Electric Picnic, they have mesmerized Vicar Street. The few concerts they have played to date have been extraordinary events. The audiences are made up of music veterans, folkies, artists, hippies, teenagers learning instruments, parents and kids coming together with equal excitement. Ancient tunes, old songs, funny stories, and most importantly, brand new arrangements.


Sun 28th July

In March 2013 Delorentos won the Meteor Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year for their third album, Little Sparks, which had been released to a hail of fantastic media reaction. "The sound of a band who have found their musical and lyrical groove" said Jim Carroll of the Irish Times. The Dublin band had spent 2012 executing a touring schedule that saw them playing the length and breadth of Europe winning new fans every step of the way and climaxing with a sold out Vicar Street show just before Christmas. The morning after winning the prestigious Irish Album of the Year the band were in Dublin airport at 6am to start a highly successful whistle-stop tour of North America (New York, Austin's SXSW, Memphis, Toronto's CMW) and Russia. They will be recording a new album this year for release in early 2014.