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Villagers announce Vicar Street date

Conor O'Brien (front) with Villagers, including Termon's Tommy McLaughlin (back right).

Conor O’Brien (front) with Villagers, including Termon’s Tommy McLaughlin (back right).

ONE OF Ireland’s top Indie bands Villagers will play Vicar Street on December 17 and tickets went on sale this morning, August 23.

Villagers, who of course have strong Donegal connections through guitarist Tommy McLaughlin from Termon, also released Earthly Pleasure today as the next single from their critically acclaimed Number 1 album, {Awayland} which was recorded in Tommy’s impressive Attica Audio studio in Termon.

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A compelling fantasy with ‘spiky lyrics, restless rhythms and a lovely melodic chorus’ (the Evening Standard), Earthly Pleasure follows on from previous singles The Waves and Nothing Arrived. {Awayland} is the follow up to the debut Choice Music Prize nominated album Becoming A Jackal.

In March Villagers played two sold-out shows in Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. More recently they have toured in North America and played a standout show at Glastonbury Festival. Earlier this month Conor O’Brien was invited to appear at Beck’s Song Reader Live at The Barbican in London, alongside Jarvis, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg and others.

Conor performed his own sensitive version of Old Shanghai which was hailed as a standout of the evening by The Independent and also performed a duet with Beck on closing song Do We, We Do.

Villagers have had a busy summer with appearances at T in the Park, Latitude, Longitude and Pukkelpop Festivals. They will also be appeared at Reading & Leeds last weekend.

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