The Rolling Stones have announced their support act for their upcoming ‘No Filter‘ tour and they have chosen a home-grown Irish band to kick off proceedings in Croker.
The Academic will take to stage at the GAA Headquarters on May 17th alongside the rockers. The Irish band consist of Craig Fitzgerald, Dean Gavin, brothers Matt and Stephen Murtagh.
They also just happen to be another one of Westmeath’s famous exports, and the most popular indie outfit from the midlands. The Academic have also come roaring into 2018 with the release of their debut album ‘Tales From The Backseat’.
— Aiken Promotions (@aikenpromotions) April 23, 2018
The album went straight to the number one spot in the Irish album charts and has received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic.
Speaking of the announcement today The Academic said: “How do we feel about playing a show with The Rolling Stones at Croke Park? I think we are all still getting over that phone call! To be sharing the stage with the greatest rock and roll band of all time in a venue that we’ve always dreamed about performing in is a bit surreal. We grew up on their music. Now that we’re playing Croker with them it’s a dream fulfilled!”
The Rolling Stones ‘No Filter’ tour opens in Dublin on 17 May before heading to the UK, where their support acts will see some pretty huge names perform alongside the band.
In London, they’ll have none other than Liam Gallagher and Florence & The Machine, while Southampton will welcome The Vaccines.
It's a dream come true to be asked to open for The Mighty @RollingStones – the best Rock n Roll band EVER.
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) April 23, 2018
Fans making their way to Coventry will be greeted by The Specials, Old Trafford and Edinburgh will grace Richard Ashcroft while Elbow takes on Cardiff and James Bay will perform at the last London gig.
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