David Gray is confirmed for Musgrave Park on June 20

David Gray is confirmed for Musgrave Park on June 20
David Gray in the Metropole Hotel for the announcement of his upcoming show in Musgrave Park. Pic Darragh Kane

RENOWNED singer-songwriter David Gray has been confirmed to play Musgrave Park on Saturday, June 20. 

The ‘Sail Away’ hitmaker will be touring with his acclaimed White Ladder 20th-anniversary tour, which also includes three nights in the 3 Arena in Dublin.

Speaking at the concert launch at the Metropole, Gray said Cork is one of his favourite locations to perform.

"It's got a wild rawness to it and a kind of an uncompromising way, a charm. So it's very different than Dublin," he said.

"My very first ever tour of Ireland was only two dates and that was Whelans in Dublin and the Triskel Arts Centre but even just staying here and having a few pints around the place you get a completely different energy. It's like a port city and there is a wildness to it."

"In terms of an audience, it's a different beast here. It's definitely got its own special energy. It's definitely one of my favourite places to play in the world."

Recorded in his Stoke Newington bedroom in 1998 White Ladder slowly grew in popularity and went on to attain number one in the UK charts and sell 7 million copies worldwide. White Ladder eventually spent 3 years (from May 2000 to March 2003) in the UK top 100. 

A strong Irish fan base, Gray has played a number of different Cork venues over the years including the former Barrack Street Pub, Nancy Spains in his early days, Cork Opera House and most recently, Live at the Marquee last summer on a tour of his latest album, Gold in a Brass Age.

The announcement of Gray’s forthcoming Musgrave Park gig follows previous announcements of Lewis Capaldi, Picture This, The Script and Dermot Kennedy. Meanwhile, Westlife has thus far been the only act to have been announced for Páirc Uí Chaoimh, taking to the stage on August 28 and 29 with support from Emeli Sandé.

Tickets for David Gray go on sale on Friday, November 15 at 9am through TicketMaster.

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