Thursday 22nd November
Tickets £27.50 | Doors 19:30
Aslan, who took their name from the heroic lion in C.S. Lewis’s series of books
chronicling the fictional land of Narnia (Aslan is the Turkish for ‘Lion’), emerged
from the working class areas of Finglas and Ballymun in Dublin’s Northside, in
the mid 1980s. They released a demo single, ‘This Is’, in the Spring of 1986,
which was a huge hit and became the longest ever play-listed single on Ireland’s
pop radio station, RTÉ 2fm.
In the summer of 1986 they played a series of rapturously received shows in the
UK and Melody Maker noted, ‘Lucky the label that signs this band!’. Janice Long
at BBC Radio 1 recorded Aslan in session and went on to air it for an
unprecedented three times in the subsequent weeks. At the end of 1986 Aslan
walked away with The Stag/Hot Press,’ Most Promising New Band’ award and
signed to EMI.
In 1988 they recorded their debut album, ‘Feel No Shame’ which shot straight in
to the No.1 spot of the Irish charts and remained there for weeks. Within a couple
of months it was certified Gold. Then in August 1988, just as the option for their
2nd album had been picked up, Aslan infamously imploded, torn apart by
overindulgence of all kinds.
Five years and a day to the last time they gigged together (on the 11th of July
1993) they played what was supposed to be a one off charity gig in Finglas; the
spark was reignited and Aslan landed a new record deal with BMG. The first fruit
of the deal, their single “Crazy World”, entered the charts at No 4 and stayed in
the charts for 3 months, becoming one of the most played songs on Irish Radio
for the year.
2017 sees the band still selling out venues both in Ireland and the UK. The band
have had to add a second date to the IVEAGH GARDENS GIG in Dublin so they
are now playing 13th July and 21st July ( SOLD OUT). With the release of a new
ASLAN Single “NOW I KNOW” on 5th June and dates selling out everywhere for
the 30th Anniversary FEEL NO SHAME TOUR! ASLAN ARE STILL ROCKING
35 years on.