Josh Ritter and The Royal City Band, fronted by the acclaimed American songwriter, and Delorentos, winners of the 2013 Meteor Choice Award, and have both been added to the Wrecking Ball Weekender in July with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Nowlan Park in Kilkenny.
Destined to be the highlight of this year’s Irish music calendar, the Wrecking Ball Weekender represents a rare opportunity for other artists to perform on the same bill as Springsteen, who is renowned for incredible live sets that go well beyond the three-hour mark.
Following the instant sell-out announcements at Thomond Park Stadium in Limerick on July 16th, Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork on July 18th and Kings Hall Arena in Belfast on July 20th, the Wrecking Ball Weekender was announced as a special two-day full bill event in Kilkenny’s Nowlan Park on July 27th & 28th. Some of Ireland’s most popular and acclaimed performers were announced for the bill including Glen Hansard, Imelda May, Damien Dempsey and traditional Irish super-group LAPD.
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.
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.