Thursday 22 August 2019

Cry Before Dawn back in charts after 20-year gap

CRY BEFORE Dawn are back in the charts this week after a 20-year absence.

The Wexford town band's 'Best Of ' album has been an instant success, jumping straight in at No 12 in the Irish Album Charts, published last Friday.

Record label Sony Music are said to be delighted at the result, achieved without any ad campaign or major promotion.

The Wexford band are now one chart place above the new album from heavily hyped YouTube sensation Jamie Lawson, at No 13 after two weeks, and Britney Spears's 'Femme Fatale', which peaked at No 12.

Cry Before Dawn were frequent visitors to the charts at the end of the Eighties and in the early Nineties, with albums 'Crimes of Conscience' and 'Witness for the World' both making the Irish top 10.

Their latest chart success comes in the middle of a Kia-sponsored Irish comeback tour that's building momentum towards two homecoming dates at Wexford Opera House on May 14 and 27.

The band have been overwhelmed at the reaction to their tour to date, with almost 1,200 fans packing Vicar Street in Dublin for one particularly memorable gig.

The tour continues this weekend with dates at Waterford's Forum on Saturday night and the INEC in Killarney on Sunday.

Their May 14 date at Wexford Opera House has long been a sellout. At the time of writing, only a handful tickets remain for the second Wexford show on May 17.

After they leave the indoor circuit behind, Cry Before Dawn will get in outdoor mode for a scattering of performances through the summer, including an appearance at the London Feis in Finsbury Park on Sunday, June 19.

Closer to home, they play the Strawberry Festival in Enniscorthy at the end of June, with Ali Campbell's UB40 and the Saw Doctors.

' The Best of Cry Before Dawn' is available in record shops, Tesco stores and on iTunes.

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