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Irish legends The Wolfe Tones tell us about their Finsbury Park gig

The Irish rebel band will play their last ever UK show at Finsbury Park

By Nick Reilly

The Wolfe Tones

Legendary Irish rebel band The Wolfe Tones have told Rolling Stone UK about their decision to call it a day later this year, with one final London show at Finsbury Park.

The band have chosen to commemorate their 60th anniversary as a band by delivering a run of final concerts before finally retiring later this year.

But before a string of farewell shows at Dublin’s 3Arena, they will play to their biggest ever UK audience at London’s Finsbury Park.

“It’s going to be a massive celebration of the London Irish,” said frontman Brian Warfield.

“Our fans love the music, they love the story of Ireland and they love what we’re doing. There’s loads of people who want to hear that story and I guess that’s why we’re really, really popular at the moment,” he said.

The band’s music hasn’t been without controversy, however. In 2022, the Irish Women’s Football Team were fined €20,000 after being filmed singing the group’s divisive hit Celtic Symphony – which has been accused of glorifying the IRA.

“They were celebrating getting to the World Cup and I thought that was amazing,” said Warfield.

“It’s a celebration of Irishness and the line that gets everybody excited literally came from when I was walking through Glasgow and saw graffiti on the wall. I was writing about Glasgow Celtic.”

He added: “I love my English friends and the fact we have so many great supporters in England over the years.”

Now, it’s all eyes focused on Finsbury Park.

“We are very humbled by the fact that there’s so many people who want to see us, it’s going to be a great celebration of everything we’ve done for sixty years.”