Dermot Kennedy busking outside of Wrigley Field
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Dermot Kennedy performs a few notable tunes for his adoring fans standing outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago

Dermot Kennedy is an acclaimed singer-songwriter from Dublin, Ireland. Not too long ago, he performed a few notable tunes for his adoring fans standing outside of Wrigley Field in Chicago. The performance is a part of Dermot’s “Sonder Street Sessions,” an initiative that sees him busking in cities across North America and Europe. Each stop serves as a fundraiser for both national and local charities. 

The “Sonder Street Sessions” will run throughout the remainder of the summer and into the fall, with surprise locations to be announced on the day of each performance on Dermot’s social platforms.

Dermot Kennedy busking in Chicago (video)

The first three “Sonder Street Sessions” were met with unabashed enthusiasm from fans. Thousands turned up in Chicago on August 12th where Dermot was fundraising for The People’s Music School, the largest completely free music school serving Chicago metropolitan area children.

On August 2nd, Dermot played for fans in Toronto, raising money for The Unison Fund, which provides counseling and emergency relief services to the music community. On July 26th, he kicked off the “Sonder Street Sessions” in Mexico City, fundraising for the Shawn Mendes Foundation. The performances arrive ahead of the release of Dermot Kennedy’s upcoming 11-track album, “Sonder,” available on November 4th via Island Records/Interscope.

Dermot Kennedy – “Sonder” album

Dermot Kennedy - “Sonder” album cover art
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On the eve of his biggest headlining festival on September 2nd at Ireland’s Electric Picnic (alongside the likes of Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys), the “Sonder Street Sessions” is an unexpected, yet entirely fitting endeavor given Dermot’s history. The acclaimed singer will revisit where he got his start, busking for fans in unexpected places. All the while paying it forward, and fully exploring the true meaning of “sonder.”

Sonder is summarized as the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own. Dermot’s unique ability to unify and heal through his music has been apparent since the inception of his organic and meteoric rise. His poetic, compelling music has resonated with music lovers across the globe, with notables including Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, and Shawn Mendes all calling themselves fans.


Dermot has been playing a string of headline shows in the U.S. throughout August. The remaining dates include Syracuse, NY, on August 18 @ the Landmark Theatre. Also, he will headline a special show at The Greek Theatre in Berkley, CA, on September 16th. Festival performances include Life is Beautiful in Las Vegas on September 18th and Ohana Festival in Dana Point, CA, on October 2nd.

Dermot Kennedy – “Something to Someone” video

‘Sonder’ has been anticipated by fans and critics alike since the global success of Dermot’s million-selling debut album, “Without Fear.” The lead single, “Something to Someone,” has topped over 20 million streams. Currently, the song is charting on both Triple A and Hot AC Radio. Also, “Dreamer,” another album track, is a softer, piano-lead cut.

Dermot Kennedy – “Dreamer” performance video

In 2020, Dermot was nominated for the “Best International Male” BRIT Award. Now, he has amassed nearly four billion streams across various platforms, making him a platinum-selling artist in over 12 countries. Also, Dermot has the best-selling debut album in Ireland of this millennium. His singles “Outnumbered” and “Power Over Me” are certified Gold. His collaborations with Meduza (“Paradise”) and Kevin Gates (“Power”) have achieved similar success.  Also, his “Paradise” single has been streamed over 500 million times.

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