As if Dermot Kennedy's recent ballad "Glory" wasn't already goosebump-raising enough, the singer/songwriter has elevated the retrospective tune by releasing a stunning live video to accompany it. Premiering exclusively through Billboard today (June 4), the cinematic clip sees Kennedy serenading a sold out hometown crowd at Dublin's picturesque Olympia Theatre.
The historic concert hall is filled shoulder-to-shoulder with fans, whose faces are shown intermittently as they stare in awe, some whom are even spotted shedding a tear or two. As Kennedy's raw, impassioned vocals soar gracefully over the song's thudding beat and steady acoustic guitar strumming, the crying is justified; the live element brings an additional emotional quality to the soulful anthem.
In more Kennedy news, North American fans have the chance to experience the Irish rocker's live performances as he sweeps through the states this summer and fall. After selling out his last North American trek, Kennedy's return commences with a set at Detroit's MO POP Festival in July, and will end with a Los Angeles show on November 19.
“I’m so excited to be returning to play my biggest shows yet," Kennedy tells Billboard. "The energy has always been so beautiful and emotional when I’ve played there, and it’s not lost on me. I hope people can lose themselves, forget where they are, go completely within themselves and think about everyone and everything they care about at these shows. It’s really powerful to know you can take that sort energy out someone and make someone feel that way, and likewise I hope it’s a cathartic experience for people. I really do. The fact that my music does that for fans means so much to me.”
Watch the stellar "Glory" live video and check out the tour dates below.
7/28 - 7/29: Detroit, MI @ MO POP Festival 7/31: Indianapolis, IN @ The Hi Fi 8/1: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre 8/2: Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge 8/2 - 8/5: Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza 8/5: Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival 8/10 - 8/12: San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival 10/26: Washington, DC @ Black Cat 10/28: Toronto, ON @ Danforth Music Hall 10/29: Boston, MA @ Royale 10/30: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel 11/ 2: Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom 11/4: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West 11/6: Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live 11/7: Austin, TX @ Mohawk 11/9: Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall 11/11: Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom 11/12: San Diego, CA @ Music Box 11/15: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre 11/16: Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom 11/18: Las Vegas, NV @ Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel 11/19: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre