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Cork will be the first city to host 'The Secret Headliner', a new and exciting series highlighting the incredible live music scene across Ireland. Filmed for Virgin Media Television and scheduled for broadcast later in 2024, ‘The Secret Headliner’ will see three major Irish artists perform a secret gig in a small local venue in three towns or cities across the country.

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Kicking off in Cork on Thursday December 7th, The Crane Lane Theatre will host this first exclusive event, giving local gig revellers the opportunity to see one of three high profile artists in a more intimate setting. In addition, a special local support act has been handpicked to play, with local band 'Simple Things' revealed to perform the Cork leg of the series. 

In the wake of the pandemic, many music venues and musicians have been so badly impacted, with much of the live music scene still recovering. Proud of its musical heritage, Ireland's music community has always looked after its own. As a tribute to the grassroots music scene and in support of upcoming, emerging talent, the anonymous major headliner has chosen to play in a space and venue where it all begins.

A buildup of excitement is anticipated over the next fortnight with the mystery headliner only being officially revealed when they take to the stage on the evening of December 7th at The Crane Lane.

The event is free with limited tickets available. For more details on how to apply for tickets please email


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