The Dublin Racing Festival is the newest addition to the
Irish festival calendar and is a weekend that will celebrate Dublin’s richness
and diversity across culture, comedy, music, racing and food. Taking place at
Leopardstown Racecourse on Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4,
Leopardstown has announced the two music headliners for the festival – Damien
Dempsey (Feb 3) and Stockton’s Wing (Feb 4).
While Grade 1 horse racing and top class music will top the
bill over the weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse is set to bring the ‘the best of
Dublin’ to the racecourse, celebrating the fair city’s famous wit, comedy,
cuisine and culture in a two-day festival programme.
In terms of music, it doesn’t come much more Dublin than
Damien Dempsey. Earlier in 2017, Damien released his new studio album Soulsun,
recorded with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds and featuring
duets with Dido and Imelda May. It was proclaimed his “most exciting work to
date” and marked 17 years that have set
him apart as one of the most unique and important voices in Irish music.
Meanwhile, Stockton’s Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific
and enduring bands, celebrating their 40th year since forming in 1977. Seen by
many as one of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional
Irish music, Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several
times - a New York Times critic described their sound as “eclectic, electric,
passionate, personal, innovative and powerful” – and even supported Michael
Jackson for two nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. A recent tour to coincide
with their 40th anniversary confirmed their continuing popularity, cementing
their place in Irish music annals.
For avid racing fans and sporting fans alike, Dublin Racing
Festival promises two exhilarating days of the finest jumps racing, with the
best equine talent from Ireland and the UK competing for two premium titles -
the Unibet Irish Gold Cup and the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. In total
there will be seven mouth-watering Grade 1 races for €1.5 million in prize
money. It’s the very best Dublin has to
offer at one, famous venue.
Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse commented: “We are
very excited about the potential of this festival: for the racing fan, who will
get to see some of the biggest national hunt races of the year in one weekend. For
the festival fan, the entertainment will include cultural elements that make
Dublin one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. We are
looking forward to welcoming Damien Dempsey back to Leopardstown after playing
with us during our Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Series previously, while
Stockton’s Wing are part of the fabric of the Irish music scene. I am looking
forward to seeing them perform again.”
The 6 Nations France vs Ireland rugby clash will also be
shown live on the big screen on Saturday evening while further details of
performers and highlights at Dublin Racing Festival will be revealed early in
the New Year. Tickets for the festival are now on sale from www.leopardstown.com with information on
various packages for the weekend.
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