THURSDAY 23 MAY
hayfestival.org 8pm  8pm BAILLIE GIFFORD STAGE £39
In Concert A spectacular two-part show, featuring the already classic seven-piece line-up the band debuted in 2018, who will play a long and generous set in two halves. Centred as always around the guitar and vocals of Mike Scott, The Waterboys feature electric fiddle maestro Steve Wickham of whom DJ Chris Evans says: “I’ve had Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on my show but the best guitar solo we’ve ever had was played on this man’s fiddle”; Memphis soul man Brother Paul on keyboards; Aongus “funkiest man in Ireland” Ralston on bass; Jess Kav & Zeenie Summers on backing vocals; and top British drummer Ralph Salmins. They promise an incendiary set comprising brilliant new material and the best of their recent and vintage work. The band’s last three albums Out Of All This Blue (2017), Modern Blues (2015) and An Appointment With Mr Yeats (2011) re-established them as one of the crucial bands currently working out of these islands. Many of their songs including Fisherman’s Blues, The Whole Of The Moon and How Long Will I Love You have become modern classics and they remain one of the most unmissable live acts in the world.
Bookings are recommended for the restaurant, and walk-ins are also most welcome. To book a ‘Ticket to Dine’ and receive a complimentary drink on arrival, please book online at hayfestival.org/ticket-to-dine or call the Box Office on 01497 822 629. For general bookings call 01453 544 225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Hay Festival celebrates its 32nd festival in Wales, 23 May–2 June 2019.