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Friday 8th May


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Aiken Promotions presents


30th Anniversary Tour

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“Lyrically, the north Dublin band veer from playful to portentousness on their first album in six years. You can hear the trademark bouzouki throughout but also David Bowie’s influence on these fans who began composing it in the aftermath of his 2016 death” – Danny McElhinney – Irish Mail on Sunday ****

‘You have to admire such resilience and fortitude, and respect them for refusing to toe the line…The Pale remain wonderfully idiosyncratic as ever’ – Tony Clayton-Lea ****

“The great thing about The Pale is that just when you think you have them pegged down and labelled, another track sends you off course yet again. Irish music fans should treasure them” – Rob McNamara – GoldenPlec ****

‘The great white hope of Irish Indie Pop’ – Olaf Tyaransen, Hot Press


Irish music luminaries The Pale will celebrate 30 years in the music industry this year, and they will be undertaking a special 30th anniversary Irish tour to commemorate this achievement before the summer. This tour will see the band returning to some of Irelands legendary venues as part of the celebrations, while performing songs from across their lengthy career. ‘It’s dizzying to think that The Pale are 30 years together this year, that’s a shocking 10,950 days in existence. In light of this milestone we are going out on tour. Which is clearly the best response, as we love to play live. We will be playing shows over the coming months in Ireland and the U. K. as part of our 30th Anniversary tour. We cannot wait’- Matthew Devereux

During this time the band have released 13 albums and performed numerous tours across the world. Playing shows in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe to name but a few, 2020 will also see the band return to the UK for their first tour there in many years. The band plan to announce some other surprises during this year of celebrations.


The Pale started life in Dublin’s Northside in 1990 but drew their influences from far beyond. the band cut their teeth busking on Dublin’s Grafton street, alongside fellow Irish musicians like Kila, Paddy Casey, Mic Christopher and Glen Hansard.

For some they are best remembered for their hits ‘Butterfly’ and ‘Dogs With No Tails’. but that is only the tip of the iceberg for a band that has steered clear of the beaten track, releasing a string of albums the effortlessly skip between style and genres, all the while retaining a strong lyrical focus. Flirtations with chart success, forays into alternative circuses, tours way off the beaten path in Russia, Japan, Eastern Europe and beyond are all par for the course for a band that have refused to trade off past glories.

2019 seen them release their 13th studio album to date ‘Merciful Hour’, Followed by shows across Ireland, as well as Electric Picnic and closing the Friday night of Feile 19 in Tipperary. while November 2019 saw their hit single ‘Dogs With No Tails’ being featured in Season 2 of the BBC hit series ‘The Young Offenders’.

30th anniversary with Irish tour
Portlaoise, Kavanagh’s – 17th April
Dublin, Whelans – 8th May
Mullingar, The Stables – 9th May
Dundalk, Spirit Store – 15th May
Cork, Kino – 16th May
Listowel, Mike the Pie’s – 12th June


€23 available online from WAV Tickets or Lo-Call 01 4780766 (9:30am-7pm M-F)

– 50c per ticket service charge applies on phone, internet or creditcard bookings. Final ticket price may be higher from other outlets.

Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required


Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue – Free Entry via front door until 10:30pm | Drinks Promos

  • Whelan's, 25 Wexford St.
  • Doors: 8pm
  • Tickets: €23