- 16 Aug 21
Belfast three-piece Dea Matrona have been tipped for the top by Hot Press. Now that prediction is beginning to take an even more tangible shape with the news that they have signed Steve Strange as booking agent, and Reading and Leeds Festival slots have been secured...
Dea Matrona have announced a series of UK gigs for the end of August. The rising Belfast outfit, who were winners of the Most Promising Act in the Hot Press Readers’ Poll 2021, have been predicted as among those most likely to break through this year by Hot Press.
Now that rich promise is taking an even more tangible shape. Steve Strange of Xray Touring Booking Agency who represents Coldplay, Eminem, Queens of the Stone Age, and Snow Patrol among others, has agreed to take on the role of Booking Agent for the band. Like Dea Matrona, Steve Strange is from Northern Ireland.
Dates which have been confirmed by Steve Strange include back to back appearances at red Reading and Leeds Festivals. A week earlier, the band play the Beautiful Days Festival in Devon. The full list of UK dates reads:
- Sun 22 August: Beautiful Days Festival Devon - Main Stage alongside Imelda May, The Levellers and many more
- Fri 27 August: Reading Festival - BBC Introducing Stage. Headliners for the festival include Stromzy, Post Malone, Liam Gallagher and Biffy Clyro
- Sat 28 August: Leeds Festival - BBC Introducing Stage. Headliners same as above.
- Tues 31 Aug - London O2 Forum Kentish Town - Support to I Don't Know How But They Found Me
Already this year, the band has achieved breakthrough success, with Singles 'Make You My Star’ and 'Stamp on It’ both reaching No.1 in UK and Ireland iTunes Rock Charts.
Dea Matrona have achieved millions of views on various videos including a cover of 'Oh Well' by Fleetwood Mac. Their cover of ‘Gloria’ by Them has also proven a highlight of Hot Press ‘Rave On, Van Morrison’ extravaganza, racking up closes to 300,000 views to date.
"It’ll be so great to get to soak up the festival atmosphere again in Beautiful Days & Reading & Leeds,” Orlaith Forsythe says. "It’s always been a goal of ours since we started our band to play at Reading and Leeds Festival as so many of our favourite artists have played there."
"The Forum gig in London supporting I Don’t Know How But They Found Me,” Mollie McGinn added, "will be one of the biggest indoor gigs we’ve ever played as well as our first show in London, which is so exciting. We feel very lucky to have these opportunities to look forward to, after such a long time without live gigs.”
If these shows are something for Dea Matrona to look forward to, they are also gigs that fans will devour with huge enthusiasm. The Hot Press view? Dea Matrona are going to be huge. Catch them now – and catch them often...