The Dublin Racing Festival is the newest addition to the Irish festival
calendar and is a weekend that will celebrate Dublin’s richness and diversity
across culture, comedy, music, racing and food. Taking place at Leopardstown
Racecourse on Saturday February 3 and Sunday February 4, Leopardstown has
announced the two music headliners for the festival – Damien Dempsey (Feb 3)
and Stockton’s Wing (Feb 4).
While Grade 1 horse racing and top class music will top the bill over the
weekend, Leopardstown Racecourse is set to bring the ‘the best of Dublin’ to
the racecourse, celebrating the fair city’s famous wit, comedy, cuisine and
culture in a two-day festival programme.
In terms of music, it doesn’t come much more Dublin than Damien Dempsey.
Earlier in 2017, Damien released his new studio album Soulsun, recorded
with long-term producer and collaborator John Reynolds and featuring duets with
Dido and Imelda May. It was proclaimed his “most exciting work to date”
and marked 17 years that have set him apart as one of the most unique and
important voices in Irish music.
Meanwhile, Stockton’s Wing is one of Ireland’s most prolific and enduring
bands, celebrating their 40th year since forming in 1977. Seen by many as one
of this country’s finest exponents of contemporary traditional Irish music,
Stockton’s Wing have released 12 albums, toured the US several times - a New
York Times critic described their sound as “eclectic, electric, passionate,
personal, innovative and powerful” – and even supported Michael Jackson for two
nights at Pairc Ui Caoimh in Cork. A recent tour to coincide with their 40th
anniversary confirmed their continuing popularity, cementing their place in
Irish music annals.
For avid racing fans and sporting fans alike, Dublin Racing Festival promises
two exhilarating days of the finest jumps racing, with the best equine talent
from Ireland and the UK competing for two premium titles - the Unibet Irish
Gold Cup and the BHP Insurance Irish Champion Hurdle. In total there will be
seven mouth-watering Grade 1 races for €1.5 million in prize money. It’s
the very best Dublin has to offer at one, famous venue.
Pat Keogh, CEO, Leopardstown Racecourse commented: “We are very excited about
the potential of this festival: for the racing fan, who will get to see some of
the biggest national hunt races of the year in one weekend. For the festival
fan, the entertainment will include cultural elements that make Dublin one of
the fastest growing tourist destinations in Europe. We are looking forward to
welcoming Damien Dempsey back to Leopardstown after playing with us during our
Bulmers Live at Leopardstown Series previously, while Stockton’s Wing are part
of the fabric of the Irish music scene. I am looking forward to seeing them
The 6 Nations France vs Ireland rugby clash will also be shown live on the big
screen on Saturday evening while further details of performers and highlights
at Dublin Racing Festival will be revealed early in the New Year. Tickets for
the festival are now on sale from www.leopardstown.com with information on various packages
for the weekend.