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Alternative and Indie

Flogging Molly



Irish-American folk-punk stalwarts, renowned for their energetic live shows

Celtic punks Flogging Molly formed in the late '90s when Dublin-born frontman Dave King joined up in LA with fiddle player Bridget Regan, guitarist Dennis Casey, accordionist Matt Hensley, bassist Nathen Maxwell, drummer George Schwindt and mandolinist Bob Schmidt. An amped-up stew of traditional Irish folk, breakneck punk rock, raucous live shows and King’s fatalistic poetry – bashed out on a typewriter from 1916 – quickly drew a loyal fanbase.

The band’s debut album, Swagger, was released in 2000 and earned them comparisons to The Pogues and more overtly punk peers like The Dropkick Murphys. They then joined up with revered producer Steve Albini for the follow-up, 2002’s Drunken Lullabies, an energetic collection of songs that covered topics ranging from the Troubles in Northern Ireland to King's father’s death.

Two years later, Within A Mile Of Home signalled a broadening of the band’s ambitions and sound. Americana superstar Lucinda Williams guest starred on Factory Girls, while the subject matter ranged from Irish workers on 17th century tobacco plantations to US foreign policy. The band’s fanbase only increased thanks to the inclusion of To Youth (My Sweet Roisin Dubh) on the soundtrack to the game FIFA 2005.

Following the live album and documentary Whiskey On A Sunday and the Complete Control Sessions EP, Flogging Molly released their fourth studio album, Float, in 2008. Without sacrificing any of the band’s trademark vigour, Float marked a darker turn in proceedings, particularly in King’s political and social commentary. It was the band’s most commercially successful album yet, reaching No.4 on the Billboard 200.

The band decamped to Asheville, North Carolina to record their fifth album Speed Of Darkness. Released in 2011, it continued the band’s run of success in the US, reaching No.9 on the Billboard album charts. After a six-year absence, the band then teamed up with Grammy-winning producer Joe Chiccarelli (Beck, U2) for 2017’s Life Is Good, recorded at Grouse Lodge in King’s native homeland.

In September 2020, Flogging Molly announced headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London for 17, 18 and 19 August 2021 respectively.


Flogging Molly announced headline shows in Manchester, Birmingham and London for 17, 18 and 19 August 2021 respectively.

Flogging Molly announced headline shows in the following cities:

  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • London

Flogging Molly tickets are available from 10:00 on Friday 2 October 2020.