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MUSIC: Disco legends Sister Sledge to star at Leopardstown

Saturday, 12th August, 2017 7:00pm
MUSIC: Disco  legends  Sister  Sledge to star at Leopardstown

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

MUSIC: Disco  legends  Sister  Sledge to star at Leopardstown

Sisters are doing it for themselves.

IN THE history of music, there have been only a handful of musical groups that have managed to transcend time, genre, and culture . . . and Sister Sledge is indisputably one of them.

The sisters have created some of the most defining tracks of the disco era, with ‘Lost in Music’ (co-written and produced by Nile Rogers) and ‘We Are Family’ spanning decades of playlists and dazzling audiences with a heady mix of jazz, soul, gospel, disco, and R&B. It’s with huge anticipation that Bulmers Live at Leopardstown welcomes them to Dublin this Thursday, August 10. 

The American musical vocal group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was formed in 1971.

The group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolising strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era.

The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album ‘We Are Family’, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum.

The album included the 1979 single ‘We Are Family’ which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits ‘He's the Greatest Dancer’ and ‘Lost in Music’.

Their other US hits include a 1982 remake of Mary Wells' 1964 hit, ‘My Guy’. Other international hits include ‘Mama Never Told Me’ (1975), and ‘Thinking of You’ (1984), before they hit number one on the UK Singles Chart with the song ‘Frankie’ in 1985.

Remixed versions of three of their singles in 1993 returned them to the UK Top 20. Following Kathy's departure in 1989, the group then operated as a trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s) until Joni's death in 2017. In 2015, Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia.

Building on the success of previous Live at Leopardstown events, this summer has delivered yet another season of top class horse racing, superb live music, festival food and fun.

Leopardstown Racecourse has already seen record numbers attend The Stunning, Riptide Movement, and the Hothouse Flowers over the last few weeks.

Live performances are preceded by a top-class card of horse racing and a wide selection of hospitality options available for everyone, from the great value ‘Summer Bundle’ to the premium ‘Summer Party’.

Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Ample free parking is available onsite.

For tickets see www.leopardstown.ie or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01-2890500.

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