Irish band Wild Youth. Photo: Ray Keogh

Wild times ahead

Ireland’s 2023 Eurovision hopefuls are heading to Ballycotton next month.

An Evening with Wild Youth is the first Eurovision-themed gig at Sea Church, and audiences will get to see the band perform ‘We are One,’ the song selected for the competition, as well as many of their original songs, showcasing their style of rock, R&B and pop.

The band will then host a Q&A session, and round off the night with a DJ set.

General Manager of Sea Church John Kidney said: “We are absolutely thrilled to host Wild Youth in March, and can’t wait for this fantastic evening. Audiences clearly love the band, as was evidenced by the results of the public vote on ‘The Late Late Show.’

“The lads always put on a great show and the whole evening will be really special, and should whet the appetite ahead of the Eurovision Song contest in May.”

Wild Youth were formed in Dublin in 2016 and comprise Conor O'Donohoe (keyboards/vocals), Ed Porter (guitar/vocals), David Whelan (vocals/guitar), and Callum McAdam (drums).

They’re known for catchy hits such ‘Can’t Move On’ and ‘Champagne Butterflies’.

Following a closely fought Eurosong contest which went down to a public vote, Wild Youth are now set to represent Ireland at the 67th Eurovision with ‘We are One’.

The event takes place in Liverpool from 9-13 May, and the Irish delegation will be hoping to claim victory for the first time since 1996.