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12 acts that most Irish people have probably seen live at some point

Sometimes it seems like some of these acts come free with the venue.

1. Chic

Fold Festival 2016 - London Source: Karyn Bailey

We might as well give Nile Rodgers a residency here in Ireland at this stage.

2. Lily Allen

Source: nyckelknippan/YouTube

Whether you were old enough to go to Oxegen, or you’ve only recently gone to your first Electric Picnic, you’ve probably caught Lily Allen headlining at some point.

3. The Original Rudeboys

Regardless of whether or not you wanted to see The Original Rudeboys, there’s a good chance that you were witness to them at some stage over the summer of 2011 when they supported nearly every act that came to Ireland.

4. Westlife

Westlife/Save the Children Source: PA Archive/PA Images

If you’re an Irish woman who was born between 1989 and 2004, there’s a very good chance that Westlife were the first band you ever saw live.

5. The Coronas

Christmas Eve busk Source: Niall Carson

It doesn’t matter if you couldn’t name a single song that has been released by The Coronas since 2008, there’s an extremely high chance you’ve seen them at a festival or supporting another act that you’ve gone to see at some stage over the last ten years.

6. Faithless

faithless Source: EMPICS Entertainment

Faithless played in Ireland for the first time in 1996, and as recently as 2016. That’s enough to cover people of most ages in Ireland.

7. Calvin Harris

Chances are, you probably saw him when he looked like this:

BRIT Awards 2009 - Arrivals - London Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

8. Fatboy Slim

Oxegen Festival 2010 - Ireland Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Also probably deserves a residency in Ireland.

9. The Killers

15th International Benicassim Festival - Spain Source: PA Archive/PA Images

It’s been 14 years, but you still can’t go into Coppers without hearing Mr. Brightside at least 4 times, so there’s clearly a very big demand for performances by The Killers in Ireland.

10. Kings of Leon

MTV Europe Music Awards 2016 - Arrivals - Rotterdam Source: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Well, you had to go see someone in concert back in 2011, didn’t you?

12. Avicii

People Avicii Source: AP/PA Images

It seems like a ridiculous amount of people under the age of 23 have seen Avicii live. It might have been in Marlay Park, the O2, or maybe even on holidays at Ushuaia at some point. Avicii was (and always will be) the staple of many people’s summer playlists. Even Leo Varadkar.

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