Fontaines DC are set to play in Belfast this evening, Friday August 13, in their biggest ever show here.
This will mark the third gig in the Custom House Square festival, which returns to the city centre for the first time in two years, following the easing of Covid restrictions.
Fontaines DC will take to the stage at 9pm .
They will be supported on the night by Goat Girl, who will be on stage at 7.50pm, and New Dad, who will be on stage at 6.50pm.
Gates will open at 5pm.
Who are Fontaines DC?
Hailing from various parts of Ireland (with one member as far-flung as Spain), Fontaines DC, honed their musical talents in Dublin.
Students of the city’s BIMM music school, the quintet were brought together by their love for Irish and Beat poetry, their ear for great hooks, and their ferocious song-making chemistry.
The band released a series of blistering, well-received singles throughout 2017 and 2018, securing their place as a serious force in Irish music. Towards the end of 2018, they signed with Partisan Records and began getting international gigs and as well as interest from plenty of foreign magazines and newspapers.
But it was Fontaines DC’s 2019 debut album, Dogrel , that sent them into the stratosphere fame-wise. Receiving the kind of commercial and critical acclaim that hadn’t been bestowed on an Irish act since Hozier, the album was nominated for the UK’s Mercury Prize and also saw the band emerge as one of the most in-demand acts on the international festival circuit.
All the hype was truly warranted: Dogrel was a first-class, bittersweet love letter to contemporary Dublin, which manages to sound as good on wax as it does when performed on the live stage.
In July 2020, Fontaines DC put to bed any notions that a second album might be difficult or long in the making. A Hero’s Death arrived on shelves and streaming services a mere 18 months after their first album, and it was instantly hailed as a mini-masterpiece.
Full of the kind of pent-up energy you’d imagine a rock band would have after grappling with two years of fame and success, the album saw lead singer Grian Chatten dive deeper with his lyrics, emerging with songs which are darker in tone, sharper in wit and more varied in their sound (there’s everything from psychedelia to Beach Boys-influenced songs in there).
With their biggest ever Belfast gig to date, we’re sure that this will be a heroic return for the band.