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The Sultans of Ping

Main Artist:

Tom Keating Presents

The Sultans of Ping

Vicar St, Dublin

Saturday March 9th, 2024

The Sultans of Ping celebrate 30 years of Casual Sex in the Cineplex

Tickets: €33.50 incl b/fee on sale 10am Wednesday 17th May

“Give him a ball and a yard of grass” as Cork’s beloved sons, The Sultans of Ping, plan a return to Dublin for a special one night only performance in Vicar Street on Saturday, March 9th, 2024.

This will be the band's first show in Dublin since 2016

Formed in Cork in 1988 by Niall O'Flaherty, Pat O'Connell, Paul Fennelly and Ger Lyons, Sultans of Ping FC came to the attention of the Irish and UK music press, when 'Where's Me Jumper' a wonderfully absurd slice of guitar driven indie-pop, crashed into the charts in 1992

A series of brilliant singles followed supported by the band's riotous live show, memorable dress sense and an intelligent, coverage-friendly wit which saw the band sign to Epic Records and release their irresistible and iconic debut album, Casual Sex In The Cineplex.

The Sultans' star burned brightly for several years, releasing subsequent albums Teenage Drug (including the classic 'Michiko') and Good Year for Trouble

The band went their separate ways in 1997 having left an indelible mark on Irish and UK indie.

The band reformed as The Sultans of Ping in 2005 amid rising interest in the band again

Today FM listeners voted “Where’s me Jumper” as the 2nd best Irish song of all time where only U2 received more votes than the Sultans

The band’s music has turned up on ‘Moone Boy’ and ‘The Young Offenders’ amongst other TV series and ‘Give Him a Ball’ is the theme track for well-known Irish Sports Podcast ‘Off The Ball’

The Sultans have continued to play live sporadically since they reformed and they recently played two sell-out shows at Cork Opera House in celebration of their debut LP

Speaking on the upcoming show in Vicar Street drummer Morty McCarthy says ’ the band played their first gig in Dublin way back in 1990 and have played many venues there over the years but we have never played in Vicar Street before so we are really looking forward to the show’

The Sultans will be playing all the hits from their acclaimed debut LP 'Casual Sex in the Cineplex' - 'Veronica', 'Stupid Kid', 'U talk too Much' and of course the classic 'Where's me Jumper' as well as a whole host of other tracks from the band’s back catalogue

Tickets €33.50 incl b/fee standing and seated available at


March 9th, 2024
Doors: 06:00 pm
Bars open from 6.30pm