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Irish Superstar Dermot Kennedy Announces Long Awaited Second Album 'Sonder'



Irish superstar DERMOT KENNEDY announces his long awaited second album, titled ‘SONDER’, out September 23rd via Island Records / Interscope / Universal Music Canada. Alongside the announcement of ‘Sonder’ comes the brand new track and accompanying video for ‘DREAMER’.


The announcement of ‘Sonder’ has been highly anticipated by fans and critics alike since the global success of his million-selling, number 1 debut album ‘Without Fear’. The title ‘Sonder’, the encapsulating phrase for “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own”, instantly resonated with Dermot and transformed into the perfect way to tie up a feeling in a record.


Speaking on the thinking behind the title, Dermot explained “The meaning behind ‘Sonder’ has resonated with me so much for years. I exist in an industry where we’re encouraged to constantly only think about ourselves and I find that exhausting and uninspiring. I want to learn about you. Let us share all of our triumphs, all of our troubles. Let this music belong to all of us, to find our own stories and our own solace within it.”


Accompanying the announcement is album track and video ‘Dreamer’, a softer, piano-lead cut from the upcoming record that’s set to be a live favourite, its tenderness and singalong potential guaranteed to have fans enthralled from start to finish.


The track comes after the lead single from the album 'Something to Someone’ dropped last month to wide critical acclaim and has already topped over 20m streams across platforms. Across May and June Dermot performed nine huge sold out shows at outdoor venues across Ireland, selling over 110,000 tickets in total. The run finished last week with three huge shows in Belfast, Dublin and Cork and from now until the end of August Dermot support Shawn Mendes on the first leg of his 2022 North American ‘Wonder The World Tour’.


On September 2nd Dermot will headline Ireland’s Electric Picnic Festival for his biggest festival headline performance to date, in front of over 70,000 people. The set will top off a fantastic summer of huge shows across Ireland, cementing him as one the most successful Irish artists of recent years and a true superstar both at home and overseas.


Dermot, who was nominated for the ‘Best International Male’ BRIT Award in 2020, has now amassed nearly 4 billion streams across platforms and has the best-selling debut album in Ireland of this millennium. Without Fear, Dermot’s impassioned debut album has sold over 1.5 million copies worldwide to date, making him a platinum-selling artist in over 12 countries. Notably, his singles, 'Outnumbered’, ‘Power Over Me’ and ‘Giants’ and his collaboration with Meduza on single 'Paradise’ have all now been certified Platinum, with ‘Paradise’ alone streaming over 500 million times.



Upcoming 2022 headline UK and Ireland tour dates


JUL 07

CANADA LIFE CENTRE

Winnipeg


JUL 09

XCEL ENERGY CENTER

St Paul


JUL 10

CHI HEALTH CENTER OMAHA

Omaha


JUL 12

FISERV FORUM

Milwaukee


JUL 13

GLC LIVE AT 20 MONROE

Grand Rapids


JUL 15

ALLSTATE ARENA

Rosemont


JUL 16

ENTERPRISE CENTER

St Louis


JUL 17

PALACE THEATRE

Columbus


JUL 19

ROCKET MORTGAGE FIELDHOUSE

Cleveland


JUL 20

PPG PAINTS ARENA

Pittsburgh


JUL 22

SPECTRUM CENTER

Charlotte


JUL 23

PNC ARENA

Raleigh


JUL 26

WELLS FARGO CENTER

Philadelphia


JUL 27

CAPITAL ONE ARENA

Washington


JUL 29

MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

Uncasville, ct


JUL 30

MOHEGAN SUN ARENA

Uncasville


JUL 31

SCOTIABANK ARENA

Toronto


AUG 02

SCOTIABANK ARENA

Toronto


AUG 05

TD GARDEN

Boston


AUG 06

TD GARDEN

Boston


SEPT 02

ELECTRIC PICNIC FESTIVAL

Co. Laois, IRE





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