- 03 Nov 19
It isn't often that you get to see a modern music phenomenon like Fontaines D.C. playing a gloriously intimate venue – but that's what's on the cards when the band play Mike The Pies in Listowel in December.
Fontaines D.C. have announced what promises to be one of the gigs of the year, with a very special gig in Mike The Pies in Listowel being added to their winter tour dates. The gig takes place on Saturday December 14.
Mike The Pies is a multiple award-winning venue in Listowel, in North Kerry, run by the indefatigable Aiden O'Connor. It was selected as Hot Press Live Music Venue of the Year and IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year in successive years. The capacity in the venue is just 100 people – leading to some of the most intimate and memorable shows ever experienced in Ireland.
Fontaines D.C. are about to embark on their European tour, playing to what will be packed venues, at sold-out gigs. They open their account in Die Kantine, Koln tomorrow night before they hit Berlin – where a large Irish contingent can be expected in the crowd. Those dates are followed why whistle-stop visits to the legendary Paradiso in Amsterdam (Wed Nov 6) and Le Botanique, in Petit Bruxelles, Belgium. They also play what will be a historically charged show at the Bataclan, Paris in a week's time, on Sunday November 10. The UK leg of their tour opens at the O2 Ritz, Manchester, on November 19, arriving in London, for their UK capital gig, at the O2 Forum, Kentish Town. The final UK date is at the 1865, Southampton on Sunday December 1.
Then it is back to Ireland, with shows in Vicar Street on December 7 and 8, and in there Belfast Empire Hall on Thursday, December 12. There is a further brief stint in the UK in January, before the band head down under to play St. Jerome's Laneway Festival, which extends from Auckland in New Zealand (January 27), through Bowen Hills, Australia (Feb 1), Sydney, Australia (Feb. 2), Port Adelaide (Feb 7) and Footscray (Feb 8), to Freemantle (Feb. 9)
It has been an extraordinary year for the band, with their debut album Doggerel reaching No. 4 in the UK charts and the band selling dates out all over the world.