Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant playing Galway International Arts Festival this summer

Led Zeppelin legend Robert Plant playing Galway International Arts Festival this summer

Former frontman of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant and his new band Saving Graceare coming to play at Galway International Arts Festival this summer.

Best known as the lead singer and lyricist for Led Zeppelin, of one of the most enduring bands in rock history, Plant is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists of all time.

Saving Grace performed publicly for the first time earlier this year and since then, the band has performed for small audiences at theatres and festivals around the UK.

In keeping with their commitment to smaller, more intimate performances their show at GIAF will be at St Nicholas’ Church instead of at the Big Top alongside the other major names.

The five person band consists of Suzi Dian on vocal, Oli Jefferson with the percussion, Tony Kelsey on mandolin, baritone and acoustic guitars, Matt Worley playing banjo, acoustic and baritone guitars, and cuatro, and of course Plant himself also providing vocals.

With a sound that’s been described as bluesy and folk-inspired, Saving Grace packs a punch ranging ‘from a whisper to a scream’.

Special guests The 4 of Us will play as the supporting band. The rock band from County Down are best known for chart-topping albums in the late 1980s and early 1990s with songs like ‘Mary’ and ‘She Hits Me’.

This concert will take place on Thursday, July 18 for GIAF 2019, with tickets going on sale this Friday May 3 for €34.50. Ticket sales are limited to a maximum of 4 per person.

Musical acts already confirmed for the 2019 GIAF include Burt Bacharach, Macy Gray, ORBITAL, Villagers, John Grant, The Academic, The Coronas, Two Door Cinema Club and Bell X1 who will all play the Heineken Big Top.

The full festival line up will be announced on May 15.

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