Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Top 10 of the past 10 years

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Sister Sledge play the main stage at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Summer 2019

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 roll finish. 


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. 

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