- 11 Oct 11
The Stunning have been confirmed as headliners for a special show in The Village, in support of Higgins' Presidential campaign.
The gig, which will be The Stunning's first Dublin show in two years, takes place upstairs in The Village, on Sunday October 23, with doors opening at 7pm.
Michael D., who was Minister for Arts, Culture and an Gaeltacht during the '90s, remains passionate about the role of the arts, and sees creativity as a central plank of his vision for the presidency. "As a candidate for President," he says, "I offer a vision of a radically inclusive citizenship, in a creative society, worthy of a real Republic – making us proud to be Irish in the world."
The fact that there's a rock 'n' roll gig being organised in his honour speaks volumes about his close ties with the world of music and the arts.
Indeed, his connections with The Stunning go back a long way - Michael D. made a guest appearance on their live album Tightrope Walker, reciting poetry. In a very personal recollection of meeting Michael D. for the first time – which will be published in the next issue of Hot Press – Steve Wall, lead singer with The Stunning, is generous in his assessment of the Presidential candidate.
"He's one of a kind," Steve observes, "intelligent, humble and compassionate, and I feel as President of Ireland he would do us proud."
The Stunning will play a full set, making it a great chance to see these Irish rock legends play their most intimate Dublin show since reforming. Two support acts will be announced over the coming days. The gig follows a summer of acclaimed Stunning performances to expectant crowds at a variety of festivals over the summer – from the Sea Sessions to Sligo.
There will be DJs of all shades downstairs on the night, with plenty of surprises in store. Tickets are €16.50 / €12 (students and unwaged) from WAV ticket shop and from [link]www.entertainment.ie[/link].
For a wide-ranging insight into Michael D.'s thinking, there is an in-depth interview, conducted by Olaf Tyaransen, in the current issue of Hot Press (with Lisa Hannigan on the front).
For further information on the gig, keep an eye on [link]www.hotpress.com[/link] for updates, or check out the events Facebook page.