Ballyliffin rockers dazzle their fans at Oxegen

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Inishowen band, the Plea, rocked it out for a crowd of 80,000 people at Oxegen last weekend.

The Ballyliffin band dazzled on the second stage at Ireland’s largest festival and the Inishowen lads didn’t fail to impress.

A long way from gigs in local bars, brothers Dermot and Dennis Doherty have excelled and made it to where many always knew they would - and should - be.

One Inishowen person who attended the festival thought the local band did themselves proud.

“From watching them in their early years in bars such as Rosato’s in Moville, the Sean ti in Greencastle, and many more throughout Inishowen, I felt an overwhelming sense of pride for what the Plea have achieved.

“They are doing what many of us dream off, but I have to say I wasn’t surprised. They proved over the weekend why they always stood out as one of the best bands in Inishowen and why people would travel far and wide to see them.”

Their signing with dance label R&S Records prompted the launch of an indie subsidiary for the label – Planet Function. Album ‘Dreamers Stadium’ was recorded with their dream producer Chris Potter (The Verve’s Urban Hymns, The Rolling Stones , U2). Designer Storn Thorgerson, who has done work Pink Floyd, 10cc, Led Zeppelin and, most recently, Muse and Biffy Clyro, for designed the cover work for the album.

“It has been a few years since I’ve seen them play now, but I couldn’t believe it when I found out they were playing at Oxegen. It is without a doubt the biggest gig in Ireland to play at and to be playing alongside the likes of the Foo Fighters, the Strokes, the Saw Doctors, Paulo Nutini, the Artic Monkeys and Coldplay is amazing.

“They have made it, and it can’t have been an easy road, but it goes to show what hard work and dedication can achieve. Fair play to them.”

Despite still continuing to play throughout the country it is believed the band plan to move to the UK soon to start touring over there.

It is also rumoured the Inishowen band could make a return to the Irish music scene with a gig at the prestigious Electric Picnic festival later this summer.