California dreaming a reality for Dermot as Coachella beckons

by Rachel Darcy

Music lovers were delighted last week as the lineup for this year’s Coachella Festival in California was released, with this year seeing a special Dublin connection.

Rising Dublin musician Dermot Kennedy is set to take to the stage in Indio this April alongside the likes of Childish Gambino, Jaden Smith, The 1975, Ariana Grande, Tame Impala and more.

Speaking on Twitter as the line-up was announced, Kennedy said: “I’M PLAYING COACHELLA! This is surreal. A dream come true. See you soon, California!”

Kennedy has been a rising star on the Dublin music scene for a number of years, with his most recent hit, Power Over Me, receiving incredible amounts of airplay on Irish radio.

He’s the only Irish act on the prestigious bill for this year’s Coachella, which takes place in the California desert across two weekends in April (12-14, 19-20).

News of his pending Coachella performance was met with pride from his Irish fans, and excitement from others abroad.

On social media, Tayler said: “If I’m being honest, I’d only go to Coachella this year to see Dermot Kennedy!”

“So proud of Dermot Kennedy’s success. From an upcoming artist in Dublin to performing at Coachella, he deserves all the success he gets,” wrote Claire on Twitter.

Another fan said: “Coachella will be where your career explodes. You’re swimming fast and furiously up the music industry – so much congratulations for you!”

Kennedy began his career busking across Dublin, and has gone on to play shows at both Vicar Street and The Olympia Theatre, counting the likes of Taylor Swift and Shawn Mendes as his biggest fans.

He will embark on an entirely sold-out UK and Ireland tour this May, including four nights at The Olympia. The most recent single from the Dubliner, For Island Fires and Family, was released earlier this week.

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