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First headline acts announced for Galway Volvo

Ocean Race Stopover


30th April 2012- The Volvo Ocean Race, today announced the first wave of the entertainment line up that is part of the Volvo Ocean Race Festival running from June 30 to July 8. The event is expected to attract a whopping 700,000 people to the city and its environs and will feature all art forms from live music performances, street theatre, spectacle, dance, exhibitions, installations, talks and more.

Maverick Sabre, one of Ireland’s hottest tickets and described by BBC1 as the “the male Amy Winehouse” will headline the opening festival on the Main Stage on Saturday June 30.
Some of Galway’s own finest will also be performing. Sharon Shannon(7th July @ 9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), together with a 42-piece orchestra will continue her long association with the race having wowed audiences at the Auckland Stopover earlier this year.
And, The Stunning(6th July @ 9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage) who are celebrating their 25thanniversary this year will also perform in what will be their only Galway gig in 2012. The Galway band was one of the highlights of the last event when the Volvo Ocean Race selected Galway as a stopover city in 2011. The Sawdoctors( 3rd July @9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), traditional irish group Altan( 5th July @9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), on the 4th of July there will be a fireworks celebration at the race village harbour @ 10:45pm. admission to all these events is free.

Also performing as part of the festival will be Maverick Sabre(30th June @ 9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), Thin Lizzy(2nd July @ 9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), The Family stone(1st July @ 9pm, Race Village Harbour Mainstage), Ryan Sheridan, the fantastic Hot 8 Brass Band, The Kanyu Tree, Túcan, The Deans, Stephen James & Band, The Amazing Apples – and many more yet to be announced.

John Killeen, President of Let’s Do it Global, the Galway based management company, said: This programme of events is a result of a unique collaboration between Let’s Do it Global and Galway City Council in a bid to build upon Galway’s reputation as one of the best cities in the world to host one of the biggest sporting events in the world. I think the line up currently revealed certainly achieves that goal and I would say watch this space as many more are yet to be revealed.”

Events will be taking place throughout the city including Eyre Square, Salthill, Southpark – and in the Town Hall Theatre pirouetting parrots, dancing ducks, flouncing flowers and a very Mad Hatter will be performing in a marvelous new dance production from Youth Ballet West,Alice Underground premiering for the Volvo Ocean Race.

The Main Stage will be situated in the Volvo Ocean Race Village on the Galway Docks.