Island's Dermot Kennedy heralds the Better Days


Marking the beginning of a new creative chapter and Dermot Kennedy’s first solo release since his smash-hit single Giants, Island have this week released the Irish star’s new single Better Days. To coincide with the release, the label projected the hopeful message of “Better Days are coming” onto key London landmarks, poignantly echoing the universal sentiment of the moment.

Having accumulated over 15m monthly listeners on Spotify alone, Dermot’s star has continued to rise since the release of his number one debut album Without Fear in 2019. Better Days premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Wednesday night, and Dermot joined fans in the YouTube premiere chat ahead of the official video which dropped later that evening.

Dermot’s upcoming September UK tour will be his biggest yet, with three sold out nights at London’s Alexandra Palace and over 70k tickets sold across the country. He will also headline a sold out Red Rocks Amphitheatre as part of a rescheduled US tour this July and August.

Island senior marketing manager Sam Flynn says, “After such an amazing debut album campaign in which Dermot sold over 1.7m albums globally and has over 2.3bn streams, we are all very excited for his return. Dermot couldn’t have written a more poignant song for this moment with Better Days, it’s already being received incredibly by his fanbase. It was also a huge honour to have Dermot as Annie Mac’s last ever Hottest Record!”

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