Fanning at Whelan’s returns for a third series on Virgin Media Television


Bob Geldof, The Coronas, Cian Ducrot, Farah Elle and more join Dave Fanning for first show of the series


On Saturday 3rd December at 10pm on Virgin Media Two and repeat on Thursday 8th December at 11pm Virgin Media One



In partnership with Guinness and Whelan’s



Back for a third series Fanning at Whelan’s will return to Virgin Media Television this December, showcasing some of the best of Irish music from the four corners of the country, in partnership with Guinness and Whelan’s. The show kicks off on Saturday 3rd December at 10pm on Virgin Media Two and will run for seven weeks presented by Dave Fanning, whose name has become synonymous with Irish music, no Irish broadcaster doing more to give young bands a much-needed break than the legendary radio DJ, from his early days on pirate radio to the renowned Fanning radio sessions.


Over the years, Dublin’s best-loved live music venue Whelan’s has been at the centre of Ireland’s thriving music scene and a place where aspiring and established acts have all performed. Fanning At Whelan’s carries on that tradition, in particular giving up-and-coming acts an opportunity not only to perform on the Whelan’s stage but to also have their first ever opportunity to appear on national television. Dave has chosen 25 emerging and established acts from an ever-growing pool of Irish talent to take part in series three, from internet sensation Cian Ducrot to Fia Moon to fan favourites The Coronas, there is something for everyone.


Each week Dave Fanning will have a special guest join him in the iconic venue for a chin wag, with the legendary Bob Geldof kicking off the first show. The first show of the series will also feature performances from The Coronas, Maija Sofia, Dark Tropics, Cian Ducrot, and Farah Elle airing on Saturday 3rd December 2022 on Virgin Media Two with a repeat on Virgin Media One on Thursday the 8th December and each consecutive Saturday and Thursday of December returning after the New Year on 1st January 2023.


Speaking about the upcoming show, Dave Fanning said: “Fanning at Whelan’s is an important and vital platform for new upcoming and established Irish acts. It wouldn’t be possible without the continuing support of Guinness and Whelan’s. With this series we have another 25 great acts throughout December and January. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.”


Guinness Marketing Manager Anna Sablovscaia added: “We are delighted to partner with Fanning at Whelan’s for a third consecutive season. Guinness has a proud tradition of supporting the Irish music scene and we’re excited to celebrate and highlight emerging artists, providing them with an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of the nation!”


Dave Allen of Whelan’s said: “It’s great to see the show go from strength to strength and give much needed support to new fresh talent alongside some of our best loved musicians.”