Wild Youth, Keywest and Mark McCabe kick off Bulmers Live at Leopardstown this June

One of Ireland’s favourite summertime events, Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, is back for 2023 with eight nights of exciting horse racing followed by top international and Irish music acts. 

Today, top indie-rockers and Ireland’s Eurovision entry this year, Wild Youth, buskers-turned-stadium-fillers Keywest and legendary DJ Mark McCabe are announced as the first three acts to take to the Bulmers Live stage at Leopardstown over three nights this June 8th, 15th and 22nd

This is just the first in a series of headliner announcements for the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown series, with more great acts due to be revealed over the coming weeks. 

Irish band Wild Youth bring elements of rock, R&B, and classic boy band harmony to their exuberant pop. Made up of members Conor O’Donohoe, Callum McAdam, Ed Porter and David Whelan.

After a busy 2022 touring Europe with Lewis Capaldi and Westlife, and doing their own headline tour Wild Youth are ready to bring their explosive live energy to Europe’s biggest stage at Eurovision 2023. 

Wild Youth say: “We are so excited to play! We’ve seen pictures of these gigs every year and we’ve been dying to get involved.” 

Keywest initially shot to fame for busking in Galway and Dublin. They have since garnered a host of number 1 singles, three number 1 albums and won multiple awards in Ireland.

They became so well known for busking that the Lord Mayor of London asked them to launch the reopening of London’s streets to buskers in Trafalgar Square. From plying their trade on the street, they have gone on to sell out tours across Ireland, UK and mainland Europe, supporting Bryan Adams, Blondie, 30 Seconds From Mars and Bastille to name but a few. With a mix of folk, pop and rock the five piece band bring high energy to every performance. 

Keywest say: “It’s always brilliant to play to a home crowd and combining a day out at the races with a great night of music is a guaranteed recipe for craic! We can’t wait.” 

Mark McCabe doesn’t really need an introduction at this stage, but he could perhaps benefit from something of an addendum.

It’s a unique enough complaint, being faithfully haunted by a number one hit and one of the biggest selling tracks in Irish history, but 20 years on from the release of the alternative Irish national anthem ‘Maniac 2000’, McCabe finds himself at a neon-lit crossroads.

Signed to Universal Music, the former head of music at national broadcaster RTÉ 2fm and DJ/Producer, has since released a string of his own original material and collaborations while also busying away with remixes, the most high profile of which – a rework of ‘Nervous’ by Gavin James – has racked up almost 200 million plays and achieved gold status in the UK, Norway, Brazil and Sweden and Platinum in Ireland Belgium and the Netherlands. Constantly touring both at home and abroad, McCabe is renowned for his high energy DJ sets and mixing/remixing abilities. 

Mark McCabe says: “I’m really looking forward to finally getting to perform at Bulmers Live at Leopardstown this year.” 

Tickets will go on sale this Thursday 6th April 2023 at 10am, available from https://www.leopardstown.com/bulmerslive 

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