The Coronas to headline Helium 2011

Irish band The Coronas are to headline this year’s Helium Festival in Ballymahon. While the full line-up has not yet been fully finalised, the popular Dublin band are confirmed as one of the lead acts, along with Irish folk band Kila and singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson.

Irish band The Coronas are to headline this year’s Helium Festival in Ballymahon. While the full line-up has not yet been fully finalised, the popular Dublin band are confirmed as one of the lead acts, along with Irish folk band Kila and singer-songwriter Jamie Lawson.

There will be additional headline acts announced in due course.

“We will also have an array of local talent performing on the day which is an amazing opportunity for local artists to share the stage with accomplished acts such as The Corona’s, Kila and Jamie Lawson,” said Denise Canavan, festival PRO, speaking to the Leader.

The Coronas became a massive hit on the Irish music scene with the release of their first album, Heroes or Ghosts, which produced three hit singles. Their follow-up album Tony Was an Ex-Con shot straight to number one in the Irish iTunes charts, with similar success in terms of singles.

Playing together for nearly 20 years, Kíla are one of Ireland’s most innovative and exciting bands. The seven members come from different musical backgrounds and share a passion to create great music with an ability to absorb influences from across the globe.

Jamie Lawson is an English singer-songwriter who shot to fame thanks to a Youtube hit ‘I wasn’t expecting that’, which received significant airplay on Ian Dempsey’s radio show.

Tickets are available now online at www.tickets.ie as well as at a number of local retail outlets dotted around the region. They include: Music World, Athlone; The Music Centre, Longford and E2 Music, Mullingar. Tickets purchased directly will not incur a booking fee and generate more profit for the charity.

“For just 35 euro towards this great cause (Friedrichs Ataxia Society of Ireland FASI), we’re a festival offering great value for money to music lovers in the midlands,” Denise added.

“The ticket price offers admission, a free feed from our all day hog roast barbecue, access to the nearby camping site with facilities, as well as a full day of arts and entertainment from some of the hottest acts on offer around the country this summer.”

Doors on the day will open at 2.30pm and the line up will be performing from early on to get the vibe going as soon as possible on the day.