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Tuesday 17 July 2018

Second Wexford date for Cry Before Dawn

EIGHTIES HEROES TO PLAY WEXFORD OPERA HOUSE

CRY BEFORE Dawn have added a second Wexford Opera House date to their 2011 reunion tour, after the first hometown show sold out in a matter of days.

A second performance on Saturday, May 27, in Wexford's showpiece theatre in High Street was added after all 750plus tickets were snapped up for the band's comeback concert on May 14.

The local heroes of the late Eighties and early Nineties are also playing Dublin's Vicar Street on Friday, April 8, and tickets for that date are selling fast, according to the promoters.

Cry Before Dawn were the toast of Ireland's music scene when they signed a major record deal with CBS/Epic Records (later Sony) in 1987. The two acclaimed albums that followed, 'Crimes of Conscience' and 'Witness For the World', went on to double-platinum sales, spawning a number of hit singles in Ireland and earning the Wexford foursome a coveted 'Irish Band of the Year' award.

Next year's tour will see the band play together for the first time in 18 years, and they are 'overwhelmed' by the positive reaction to the reunion.

' We are astonished at how quickly the Opera House sold out and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of Wexford for their support,' said drummer Pat Hayes, who added that he is delighted to be returning to the stage with his former bandmates Brendan Wade and Vinnie Doyle. The line-up will be completed by guitarist Steve Belton, who was himself a star of Ireland's Eighties scene as one half of The Fountainhead, and later joined Cry Before Dawn for a brief spell in the early Nineties.

Speaking from his home in Switzerland this week, Brendan Wade gave his reaction to the news of the Opera House sellout: 'We are filled pride and choked with emotion at the thought our music still means so much to so many. It's like we are connecting people with a special part of their lives, and it is a privilege for us to be allowed this opportunity to perform the music which we still believe in.'

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