Fontaines D.C. have announced they will be releasing a special live performance from Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol on vinyl as part of this year’s Record Store Day celebrations. ‘Live at Kilmainham Gaol’ will be a Record Store Day exclusive release on 12 June.
The performance in the former prison was recorded live on 14 July 2020 as part of the Other Voices Courage Series on the Irish television channel RTÉ, with the band playing a selection of songs from both ‘Dogrel’ and ‘A Hero’s Death’. The release arrives on 180g heavyweight black LP in a gatefold jacket and includes an exclusive poster.
Fans are advised to visit https://recordstoreday.co.uk/stores/ in advance to find their local participating shop.
Dublin historian Donal Fallon has written an essay on the significance of Kilmainham Gaol, which features on the back cover. As he so eloquently writes:
“It is an old cliche for historians to ask ‘if these walls could speak, what would they tell us?’ Fortunately, the walls of Kilmainham Gaol tell us exactly how they feel. Faded with time, but still stubbornly there, are the messages of Ireland’s revolutionary generations. Over one door are the quoted words of Patrick H. Pearse, poet and leader of the Easter Rising, thundering ‘Beware of the Risen People.’ Perhaps the most evocative piece of graffiti in the prison reads simply ‘A Few Men Faithful and a Deathless Dream.’”
The Grammy and BRIT Award-nominated band will also be the subject of an Other Voices Fontaines D.C. TV special, airing on April 8th at 11pm BST, which will be shown as part of Other Voices Series 19. This will include the Kilmainham Gaol performance plus an interview with the band. It will be broadcast via RTÉ 2 in Ireland and will then be available to watch back on the RTÉ Player worldwide.
‘Live at Kilmainham Gaol’ track list
1. A Hero’s Death
2. Sha Sha Sha
3. Chequeless Reckless
4. Televised Mind
5. Too Real
1. I Don’t Belong
2. Liberty Belle
4. Dublin City Sky
5. Boys in the Better Land
UK headline tour dates are as follows. Tickets available here.
2 OCT 2021 / UK / Liverpool / Mountford Hall – SOLD OUT
3 OCT 2021 / UK / Leicester / De Montfort Hall
4 OCT 2021 / UK / Cambridge / Corn Exchange – SOLD OUT
6 OCT 2021 / UK / Manchester / Academy – SOLD OUT
7 OCT 2021 / UK / Manchester / Academy – SOLD OUT
8 OCT 2021 / UK / Manchester / Academy
9 OCT 2021 / UK / Southampton / O2 Guildhall – SOLD OUT
11 OCT 2021 / UK / Birmingham / O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
12 OCT 2021 / UK / Nottingham / Rock City – SOLD OUT
13 OCT 2021 / UK / Bristol / O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
14 OCT 2021 / UK / Cardiff / Great Hall – SOLD OUT
16 OCT 2021 / UK / Sheffield / O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
17 OCT 2021 / UK / Newcastle / O2 City Hall
19 OCT 2021 / UK / Glasgow / Barrowland – SOLD OUT
20 OCT 2021 / UK / Glasgow / Barrowland – SOLD OUT
22 OCT 2021 / UK / Edinburgh / Corn Exchange
23 OCT 2021 / UK / Leeds / O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
25 OCT 2021 / UK / Bath / The Forum – SOLD OUT
26 OCT 2021 / UK / Bournemouth / O2 Academy
27 OCT 2021 / UK / London / Alexandra Palace