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Other Voices Present Fontaines D.C. from Kilmainham Gaol

April 7, 2021

Fontaines D.C. are one of the most lauded alternative rock bands to emerge from Ireland in recent years. They released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Dogrel’ in 2019 which went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize and the Choice Music Prize. They’ve toured extensively worldwide selling out shows in iconic venues such as the Brixton Academy and playing renowned festivals such as Glastonbury Festival. 

They also performed on the hugely popular American talk show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Their follow up to ‘Dogrel’, ‘A Hero’s Death’ was released on July 31st to rapturous reviews and was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Rock Album category and the band have also just picked up a Brit Award nomination for ‘Best International Group’.

Other Voices are delighted to share the band’s electric set from the iconic location of Kilmainham Gaol which was filmed during the Courage series, in its entirety. This one off special episode will contain a never before seen interview and performances that have not been previously broadcast on television. Tune in to RTÉ2 and the RTÉ Player at 11pm on April 8th – it’s not to be missed. 

A performance from the Kilmainham set was played as the opening act to U2’s live stream of their iconic 1983 concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado. This stream was shown on U2’s official YouTube channel as part of their Virtual Road series. In 2021, Fontaines D.C. have been nominated for a prestigious Libera Award for best Live / Livestream Act for this performance. 

Other Voices Series 19, presented by May Kay and Huw Stephens, will run for 10 weeks, and will include compelling and uplifting performances that capture in full flight the brilliant diversity of the most exciting Irish voices creating the soundtrack to our lives right now. 


Other Voices Founder Philip King, said: “On July 14th last year a remarkable gig took place behind the walls of Kilmainham  at the height of lockdown as part of the Other Voices Courage series. On that evening Fontaines D.C. played music from their about to be released album ‘A Heroes Death’. Grian Chatten, says the album’s name was inspired by a line from Brendan Bethan’s play the hostage..”If we give ourselves every breath, we are all in the running for a Hero’s Death”. The Jail was the perfect location for this heroic music, echoing its turbulent past with energy and passion. It was a unique and inspiring performance.

Justin Healy, Executive Producer at RTÉ, said: “RTE is very proud to be involved in this long-running and much loved series. The Irish music scene, despite its particular challenges right now, has arguably never been so rich in new talent and we’re delighted to feature so many of them on Other Voices this season. Viewers can enjoy the show on Thursdays on RTÉ2 or on catch-up at their convenience on RTÉ Player.

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