Villagers | 20/05/11

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We are thrilled to announce that Conor J O’Brien from Villagers has today won an Ivor Novello Award in the category “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” for the wonderful Becoming a Jackal from the debut album of the same title.


Villagers are currently on a UK headline tour and will perform at London’s Shepherds Bush Empire this Saturday 21st May. The band will also be appearing at several festivals throughout the Summer including T in the Park, Latitude, Eden Sessions, Green Man & Field Day. 


Villagers’ new single The Pact is set for release this Monday 23rd May. You can watch the video here:


Villagers perform live on the following dates:


19 May COLCHESTER Arts Centre (tickets from

21 May LONDON O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (new date) (tickets from

22 May OXFORD O2 Academy 2 (tickets from

23 May EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms (tickets from

24 May MANCHESTER Sound Control (tickets from

24 June DONEGAL Sea Sessions Festival

25 June BELFAST Open House Festival with FLEET FOXES

01 July CORNWALL Eden Sessions with FLEET FOXES

09 July KINROSS, T in The Park

16 July SOUTHWOLD Latitude Festival

23 July DUBLIN Marlay Park

31 July CAMBRIDGE Folk Festival

06 Aug LONDON Field Day Festival

19 Aug BRECON BEACONS Green Man Festival

02 Sept MOSLEY Folk Festival


Press for Villagers:


‘an artist who shares Leonard Cohen and Dylan’s gift for songs that work on various levels: as sweet melodies, as love songs, as exposés of the human condition’ The Times (feature)


 ‘an album of multiple dimensions, cracked and tender’- Telegraph  (5* album review)


‘what a beautiful and remarkable debut… […] Becoming a Jackal exudes a confidence that speaks of a rare talent and a significant new find’- Sunday Times Culture (4* review)