Top 10 of the past 10 years:
10. Saw Doctors 2012
At 10 on our list we have the famous Galway rockers The Saw
Doctors, who played here in 2009 and in 2012 to rapturous reviews. Their
performances have grown in stature as every year that passes without any news
on whether the band will be back performing. Their last live shows in Ireland
were 3 years ago in 2017. Check out their set at Leopardstown here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PeguDzINEn8
9. The Charlatans 2014
One of the more established bands to come from the
Madchester era, they outlasted their peers to forge long careers and a loyal
fan base who filled Leopardstown Racecourse singing along to all the hits “The
only one I know” and “How high”. With Leopardstown rocking and the south Dublin
sky filled with the swaggering tones of Tim Burgess, Bulmers Live at
Leopardstown 2014 which also featured shows from other British rock royalty
such as Johnny Marr and Peter Hook and the light came to a perfectly rock and
8. Les McKeon’s Bay City Rollers 2019
The famous front man of one of the famous boy bands of the
70’s played Leopardstown and brought with him, a tartan army of fans who sang
along to every word. The night was highlighted with a guest performance from
Ireland’s own Phil Coulter who wrote one of the bands biggest hits;
Shang-A-Lang. The night was topped off with a massive crowd singing along to
probably the biggest hit for McKeon; Bye Bye Baby.
7. The Boomtown Rats – 2016
40 years after the infamous shows that never were at
Leopardstown. The Boomtown Rats returned to the south Dublin track to a heroes
welcome with the always engaging and divisive Bob Geldof revelling in the
reception. The notoriety around the concert helped to elevate it to a “I was
there” night at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown.
6. Coolio – 2019
A real departure for Bulmers Live; American rapper Coolio
descended on Leopardstown in June of 2019 to a great crowd singing along to
hits like Gangsters Paradise, C U when you get there, Fantastic Voyage and the
Kenan & Kel theme tune. The mixed crowd of 20 and 30 somethings sang along
to every word, reliving their youth with a surprise on stage appearance of
young Irish rappers Versatile leading to a collaboration in the months to
follow the Leopardstown performance.
5. The Happy Mondays – 2017
The Monday’s faithful took over Leopardstown in 2017 as
Madchester royalty Happy Mondays came to south Dublin to headline that years
line-up. The sceptics would have pointed that the band and the audience weren’t
a match but the Bez and the boys put in a performance full of verve that turned
even the most ardent detractor with the band having to be forced off the stage
to keep to the imposed curfew after a longer than expected encore.
4. Human League – 2015
The international superstars of the 80’s synth pop scene
came to the south Dublin racecourse to play as headliners on the final night in
2015 with frontman Phil Oakley playing pied piper to a more than willing crowd,
dancing along to the iconic “Don’t you want me” and “Human”.
3. Sister Sledge – 2018
A warm summer evening combined with the upbeat tunes of
American soul sisters, Sister Sledge lead to one of the most memorable Bulmers
Live at Leopardstown. With songs such as We Are Family and Lost in Music
filling the south Dublin sky. It was the interaction with the crowd, jockeys
and race going public that endured the US singers with the Leopardstown crowd.
With plenty of laughs and conversations in between songs engaging the audience
and winning a place in Leopardstown hearts.
2. All Saints – 2019
One of the biggest British pop
successes of the last few decades, All Saints, came to Dublin to play their
only Irish show that year as headliners of the 2019 Bulmers Live at
Leopardstown. Having Pop royalty headline the 2019 line-up led to the biggest
demand for tickets in the 10 years of Bulmers Live at Leopardstown once the
group were announced. And the night was a massive success with warm weather
complimented by hits like “Pure Shores” and “Black Coffee”.
1. The Waterboys - 2018
The mercurial Mike Scott and his troupe the Waterboys
headlined the 2018 Bulmers Live at Leopardstown line up. It’s fair to say that
no band that have played over the past 10 years have transcended ages and
demographics more. With people young and old filling the balconies and climbing
trees to not miss a note. The night of course came to a crescendo with the
largest audience for any of the mid summer music nights at the south Dublin
Racecourse singing along to the iconic Fisherman’s Blues.