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Gavin James, Craig Gallagher

20 Jul 2017 (19:00)

€35 (€35 members)
Absolut Big Top

Galway International Arts Festival & Róisín Dubh present
Absolut Big Top
Thursday 20th July
7pm. €35
On sale this Wednesday

Galway International Arts Festival and Róisín Dubh are delighted to announce that Irish singing songwriting sensation Gavin James is to play Live at the Absolut Big Top as part of Galway International Arts Festival 2017.

The ‘Say Hello’ ‘Book of Love’, and ‘For You’ singer songwriter, who has amassed an army of fans around the globe with his ‘once in a generation’ voice and emotionally-charged live performances, will play the Absolut Big Top on Thursday 20 July in what is sure to be the gig of the summer.

James has had a massive 2016, culminating with the biggest headline gig of his career at the 3Arena last night, where he played to a maxed out 9,000-strong audience.

While it was the pinnacle of the last 12 months, it was just another milestone in a stellar year for the Dublin native, which has seen him announced as a ‘Spotify Spotlight Artist of 2016’, appear on the BBC One Show, C’est A Vous, and included in Buzzfeed’s and The Sun’s ‘Ones to Watch 2016’ lists.

He also completed a major European headline tour, which started with three sold-out dates at the Olympia Theatre, supported Ed Sheeran, Kodaline and Sam Smith and performed at RTÉ’s Centenary Concert to mark the 100-year anniversary of the Easter Rising.

In the past, James has also supported Taylor Swift and, in November 2015, appeared on James Corden’s Late Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and the US version of Dancing with the Stars.

James’ first release, the EP Say Hello, was a huge internet hit in 2012, and the title track won the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year, while 2014 saw the release of the live album Live at Whelans.

James released his debut studio album Bitter Pill to rave reviews in 2015. The Irish Times described the album as being ‘rammed to the rafters with hooks and melody lines’, while Hot Press lauded his ‘once-in-a-generation voice’, announcing the arrival of ‘major new voice’

Recorded in LA, James worked with mega-producers Fraser T. Smith (Adele/Lily Allen/Britney Spears) and Cam Blackwood (Florence & the Machine). The album, which subsequently went platinum in Ireland, includes hits Say Hello, The Book of Love, For You and his current single, Bitter Pill. The title track, Bitter Pill also won the Choice Music Prize for Best Single released in 2015.

Commenting on the first announcement from the Festival, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017, Galway International Arts Festival CEO John Crumlish said: ‘XXXXXX’

Gavin James will play the Absolut Big Top on Thursday 20 July 2017. Tickets priced at €35 will go on sale on Wednesday 14 December on and

What the critics said
“It’s the young Irishman’s flair for songwriting, paired with his unparalleled vocal ability, that has marked Gavin James out as a star on the continual rise.” - Hunger

“Tender, emotional…no mean talent.” - Clash

"Understated and blissful.” Shortlist

“His voice is absolutely astounding.” State

“Gavin James: a star is born…” Hot Press

“James has enough emotionally depth- charged tunes in his back pocket to take him from here to the top of the charts and back again.” The Irish Times


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