Irish music royalty Sinéad O’Connor and Shane MacGowan will be honored at an upcoming concert in New York City this spring.
On Monday, Carnegie Hall announced a one-night-only tribute show for the two musicians, featuring the likes of Cat Power, Dropkick Murphys, and David Gray on March 20, with 100 percent of net proceeds going to charity. The event, featured as St. Patrick’s Day celebration on March 20, is being billed as “Sinéad & Shane at Carnegie Hall.”
Glen Hansard, Amanda Palmer, Eugene Hütz, the Moutain Goats, Julia Cumming of Sunflower Bean, Kat Edmonson, and the Resistance Revival Chorus are also scheduled to make appearances. A flyer for the event teased that there’ll be “more artists to be announced.”
General admission tickets for the show are set to go on sale later this month, but fans also have the opportunity to purchase VIP tickets with different levels of access, ranging from $300 to $20,000.
The $300 option, named the Transmetropolitan after the Pogues song, includes a 5-course dinner party with some artists and fellow VIPs, along with a rehearsal show and aftershow. The “Nothing Compares 2 U” option for $20,000 allows a fan to meet with the CEO of City Winery to help decide on the setlist for the event. A two-person $10,000 option will allow those guests access to a rehearsal show the night before the concert, access to a dinner party, soundcheck access, and onstage access during a part of the show.
The net proceeds of the event will benefit PEN America, an organization that raises awareness for the protection of free speech in the United States.
Both O’Connor and MacGown died in 2023. O’Connor’s family confirmed the singer’s death in a statement to Irish news network RTE that the artist had died back in July. No cause of death has been revealed, though O’Connor, who was 56 when she died, battled with mental-health issues throughout her life.
In late November, the Pogues frontman died at 65 after suffering from pneumonia. MacGowan was diagnosed with viral encephalitis in 2022 and entered a Dublin hospital in November to get treatment for an infection. RTE reported that the musician was discharged from the hospital on Nov. 22 and returned home, where he later died on Nov. 30 while in the company of his wife Victoria Mary Clarke and other family members.