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MUSIC: t’s carnival time as Booka Brass Band hit Leopardstown

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 8:00pm
MUSIC: t’s carnival time as Booka Brass Band hit Leopardstown

The Booka Brass Band boys are heading to Leopardstown.

MUSIC: t’s carnival time as Booka Brass Band hit Leopardstown

The Booka Brass Band boys are heading to Leopardstown.

BOOKA Brass Band return to Leopardstown racecourse when they lead a carnival extravaganza on Thursday, July 12.

Renowned for their supercharged party rhythms, Booka Brass Band are one of the most popular acts on Ireland’s festival circuit.

Their unique fusion of jazz, hip hop and pop, delivered with a brass-driven panache, has brought them huge success and fans both here and internationally.

The New Orleans-styled brass collective are the superb music element in a first for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown, which will see the famous Dublin racecourse transformed into a Mardi Gras-flavoured atmosphere, complete with aerial acrobatic performers, stilt walkers, fire breathers, samba drummers, face painters and carnival dancers.

The ever-popular Bulmers Live At Leopardstown series of summer gigs has already seen Paddy Casey along with his daughter and stunning vocalist, Saoirse take the stage where the Waterboys (August 16) and Paul Young (July 19) join Keywest (July 26) and Smokie (August 9) for one of Dublin’s fastest growing and most exciting nights out.

Keywest are also no strangers to Dublin’s streets and venues, having built up a huge following in recent years with a brilliant live show and the Number One album, ‘Joyland’.

Smokie, meanwhile, have racked up platinum albums across Europe in a career that has spanned over four decades. Probably best known in this country for their gigantic hit single ‘Living Next Door to Alice’, Smokie have played in stadiums around the world, to a staggering 500,000 people in Kiev’s main square to places as far flung as Ulan Bator, Mongolia, where they sold out two nights in the capital’s 40,000 capacity stadium.

The Thursday evening performances will be preceded by a top-class card of horse racing and a wide selection of hospitality options are available.

The ‘Summer Bundle’ at only €33 includes admission to the racing and concert, a welcome drink, a €10 food voucher and a €5 tote bet.

 À la carte style dining is available in the 1888 restaurant at €75 per person.

For group bookings the Summer Party is ideal where you have a table reserved for the evening overlooking the racetrack and a three-course meal for only €70 per person.

Leopardstown Racecourse is only 20 minutes from Dublin City Centre on the Luas Green line, with dedicated free shuttle buses running from the Sandyford stop to the venue. Leopardstown is located off exit 14 or exit 15 on the M50 southbound or exit 15, M50 Northbound. Complimentary parking is available on a first come first served basis.

For tickets and hospitality options go to or call the Leopardstown ticketline on 01 2890500.


1. Most memorable moment in Dublin?

Playing a sold-out Vicar Street show would definitely be the highlight of our gigs in Dublin.

2. Name your favourite place to visit in Dublin and why.

The Phoenix Park would be my favourite place to visit because it is just so vast and full of beautiful scenery any time of the year.

3. When you're not playing music, what else do you do? 

Play lots of video games together.

4. First album you bought and last album you bought?

The first album I bought was the 'Joshua Tree' by U2 with my communion money. The last album I was 'Torrents' by Tame Impala that I gave to my percussion teacher as a present.

5. Who are your influences? 

When we started Booka, we would have been influenced by Hot 8 Brass Band, Youngblood Brass and Hypnotic Brass ensemble.

6. With you fronting, who would make up your ideal band (dead or alive)?

Michael Jackson on lead vocals, Jimi Hendrix on lead guitar and vocals, Phil Lynott on bass and vocals, Johnny Marr on rhythm guitar and Corey Henry on keys. To fill it out I would have Noel Eccles on percussion, Vinnie Colaiuta on drums and the Tower of Power horn section.

7. Any tips on life?

Don't be shit to one another.

8. If you were to name a horse for a race, what would it be and why?

Divorce Referendum because I heard it on Father Ted and I laughed a lot.

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