International rock superstars, Wheatus, are set to rock night two of this year’s Sligo Summer Festival.
The guys most famous for their massive international hits, ‘Teenage Dirtbag’ and ‘A little Respect’ will mean the 2015 festival will be the first time there has been two international headliners at the event.
Wheatus’ debut single “Teenage Dirtbag” cracked the Top 40 BBC Official Sales Chart for a second time in March of 2011, ten years after it’s debut at No. 2 on the same chart.
To say that Wheatus have been through the wringer in the decade between is the original understatement. Lawsuits, lineup changes, interstate art heist investigations (yes, really), betrayals, intellectual property theft, physical violence, post traumatic front man Brendan B Brown could write a book.
To date their first record has sold more than 5 million copies worldwide. Any manager or record label would be happy to tout those stats to the press but Wheatus have remained unsigned and unmanaged for the last 8 years.
Unlike many of their peers from the early oughts, Wheatus continue to write, record, and tour 15 years after their inception, having taken control of their revenue stream with the home made, “pick-your-price” download system fans can use at wheatus.com. They have released five studio albums since 2000 and are currently in preproduction for album six.
Sligo Summer Festival, now in its fourth year, has already successfully hosted three hugely attended festivals in 2012, 2013 and 2014. It has attracted thousands of people in the last three years and this year could be the biggest one yet.
Previous years has seen Sister Sledge, The Riptide Movement, Ryan Sheridan, Bressie, The Saw Doctors, Sharon Shannon and Mundy headline with many other amazing Irish acts also grace the stage in what has become one of Ireland’s biggest festivals.
The festival runs for two nights on Friday August 7 (with Boney M) and Saturday 8 (Wheatus), and runs just before the Fleadh hits Sligo on Sunday August 9 so the crowds are expected to be massive again this year.
As with last year, there will be a minimal voluntary donation on the gate and U-14s go free to help fund this community festival. The event takes place again in Stephen Street car park.