Share brand new single “Summer’s Song”

Watch the brilliant animated video HERE

Upcoming Irish and European live dates

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Villagersare pleased to share a brand new single, “Summer’s Song”.


Featuring a chorus of six flugelhorns, “Summer’s Song”was written and produced by Conor O’Brien and mixed by the legendary Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, Flaming Lips, MGMT).  In Conor’s words: “Summer’s Song is the closest I’ll ever get to writing a pure pop song. I just had to roll with it and I’m glad I did; it was really just an excuse to make the horns sound like sunbeams. Boy it’s fun to play live. I can’t quite believe we managed to get the magical touch of Dave Fridmann in on the mix”.


The video – animated by Joe May and illustrated by Patricio Bauzá – is equally drenched with memories of summers past and anticipation of those to come.


Stream “Summer’s Song” here.


Fresh from supporting Mumford & Sons on their recent UK arena tour, Villagers will be playing shows throughout the summer including a sold-out gig at Dublin’s glorious Iveagh Gardens (his biggest ever headline – 4000 cap).  A European tour including Paradiso, Amsterdam and the Rolling Stone Weekenders in Germany have also been announced for November.


Villagers Live Dates

Fri 12thJuly – Iveagh Gardens, Dublin

Thurs 18thJuly – Galway Arts Festival, Galway

Fri 19thJuly – Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Sat 20thJuly – Ballykeeffee Amphitheatre, Kilkenny

Fri 2ndAug – Festival N2, Chaves, Portugal

Wed 7thAug – Moods Festival, Bruges, Belgium

Thurs 15thAug – Edinburgh International Festival, Edinburgh

Fri 16thAug – Green Man Festival, Abergavenny, Wales

Fri 23rdAug – Open House Festival, Bangor

Fri 30thAug – Into The Great Wide Open, Vlieland, Netherlands

Sat 31stAug – Bruis Festival, Maastricht

Sun 1stSept – Golden Leaves Festival, Darmstadt, Germany

Thurs 7th Nov – Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Fri 8thNov – LantarenVenster, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Sat 9thNov – Rolling Stone Park Festival, Rust, Germany

Mon 11thNov – Zakk, Dusseldorf, Germany

Tues 12thNov – Strom, Munich, Germany

Wed 13thNov – UT Connewitz, Leipzig, Germany

Sat 16thNov – Rolling Stone Beach, Weissenhauser Strand, Germany

Sun 17thNov – Burgerweehuis, Deventer, Netherlands

Mon 18thNov – Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium



Photo credit: Rich Gilligan



Villagers released their acclaimed fourth album The Art Of Pretending To Swimlast year and O’Brien has a string of accolades under his belt including two Ivor Novello Awards, two Mercury Music Prize nominations and is a previous winner of Ireland’s Choice Music Prize.


Additionally, Villagers’ music has featured in both seasons of HBO drama ‘Big Little Lies’– reaching the Top 60 Shazam charts in the UK and US last month – and their Spotify session of “Nothing Arrived” has hit over 130 million streams.


Praise for The Art Of Pretending To Swim:

“Sophisticated chamber pop confection with the subtlest hints of soul and dance in its grooves”

Mojo Albums of the Year

BrilliantThe Guardian

“An impressive reminder of what made him so special in the first place”Q 4*

“His fourth album might just tip him over into mainstream appeal”The Times 4*

 “A quiet knockout” Uncut

“Whatever state O Brien’s heart may be in, his art remains gloriously intact” Record Collector 4*

 “Villagers’ most essential release to date”The Line of Best Fit 8/10

IrresistibleSunday Telegraph Stella

Villagers’ most assured, and daring, album”Independent 4*


Stream The Art Of Pretending To Swim.


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