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Mad for it: Happy Mondays and Charlatans are Féile-bound

Happy Mondays will be playing West Belfast Happy Mondays will be playing West Belfast
By Ciara Quinn

It’s shaping up to be the best Féile ever with the news that two titans of the massive Madchester indie rock scene – The Charlatans and Happy Mondays – are to play the West Belfast festival.

The Falls Park will play host to the joint headliners who will perform on Sunday, August 4 in what is already shaping up to be the most memorable Féile to date.

The Charlatans, fronted by charismatic lead singer Tim Burgess, will play hit after hit including ‘The Only One I Know’, ‘One to Another’ and ‘North Country Boy’, to name but a few, and will also be celebrating the 15th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Tellin’ Stories’.

No stranger to the musical stage, or celebrity jungle for that matter, Shaun Ryder will be front and centre with his Happy Mondays.

Stalwarts of Manchester’s hugely influential Hacienda scene, the band behind such classics as ‘Step On’, ‘24 Hour Party People’ and ‘Kinky Afro’ are sure to raise the Féile marquee roof come  August 4.

Speaking to the Andersonstown News as news broke of the headliners yesterday, Féile Director Kevin Gamble said he was delighted to have secured such big-name acts.

“This is the first time both iconic bands have played West Belfast,” he said. “It’s a real coup for the festival and we are just delighted. Féile 25 really does have something for everyone and we can’t wait to have all the bands perform for audiences across the city when it kicks off in August.”

Tickets for the gig are priced at £20 and are available from all Féile ticket outlets and from

Meanwhile, Dublin’s finest, The Coronas, have been confirmed as another of the headline acts as part of this year’s Féile 25.

Having supported both The Script and Paul McCartney, the band are no strangers to playing stadium gigs and played to 14,000 people in their own homecoming at the  02 Arena in Dublin last December.

Lead singer Danny O’Reilly hails from a musical background as his mother is renowed singer/songwriter Mary Black, herself no stranger to Féile an Phobail, having sung to a sold-out crowd at last year’s Clonard concert.

The band are also part of this year’s line up at Slane Castle, supporting Bon Jovi, and have promised West Belfast gig-goers a real night to remember come the summer.

The Coronas, with special guests Walking on Cars, will play Féile 25 on Friday, August 9.

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