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Sinéad O’Connor and The National to headline Belfast concerts

Irish indie-rock band The National will play Belfast's Botanic Gardens in June 2020. Credit: Graham Macindoe

Sinéad O’Connor and The National will play headline concerts at Belfast’s Botanic Gardens next summer.

Irish indie-rock band The National will be the main act of Live at Botanic Gardens on Saturday 6 June 2020, which will be their first performance in the city in over seven years.

The National are Matt Berninger, Aaron Dessner, Bryce Dessner, Scott Devendorf and Bryan Devendorf, and together have established themselves as mainstays of arenas and festivals with sold-out performances and headlining slots around the world.

Over their 20-year career, the band has sold more than two million albums in the US alone.

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Their most recent album, released earlier this year, I Am Easy To Find, is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-award winning release Sleep Well Beast. The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.

A companion short film with the same name was also released earlier this year.

On Sunday 7 June 2020, Sinéad O’Connor headlines the outdoor concert, with special guest Derry singer Soak supporting.

The announcement follows O'Connor's comeback to the stage this year, playing a triumphant sold-out Irish tour and is paving the way to release new music.

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From the early new wave explosion of ‘Mandinka’ to the multi–platinum soul of Prince’s ‘Nothing Compares to You’, Sinéad has left an indelible mark with her unique image and vocal style.

Chart topping singles, hit albums, numerous awards an array of collaborations later and Sinéad’s spiritual journey would lead her through a turbulent, troubled and restless existence to find solace in Islam.

An artist beyond comparison - unique, uncompromising, a pioneer, a visionary are just some of the descriptions that might only touch the surface of Sinéad O’Connor.

Embodying a voice with beauty and innocence, a spirit part punk, part mystic with a combined fearlessness and gentle authenticity. This voice as Sinéad’s unique expression would be echoed in the voices of other artists who she would inspire who came after.

  • Tickets for The National go on sale on Friday 6 December at 9am and tickets for Sinéad O’Connor go on sale on Monday 9 December at 9am via Ticketmaster outlets.