The Cranberries were formed in Limerick City, Ireland, in 1989. The band members are vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Renowned for their trademark ‘Indie’ guitar sound and distinctive Celtic tinged lilting vocal style, The Cranberries rise to global fame in the early 1990s was nothing short of meteoric.
They have sold over 40 Million Albums Worldwide and are best known for their now classic songs ‘Linger’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Dreams.’ Their debut album sold over 5 Million copies in the United States and was number 1 in several territories across the globe including the UK. It re-entered the UK album charts in 1994 at number 1, with The Cranberries being one of only four performers ever to achieve this major feat.
The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the 1990s and sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone. The band has achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart – ‘Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?’, ‘No Need to Argue’, ‘To the Faithful Departed’ and ‘Bury the Hatchet’. These were followed by further successes with ‘Wake Up and Smell The Coffee’ and ‘Roses’. Eight of the band’s singles are listed in the prestigious Modern Rock Charts. Their songs have been used to promote Irish tourism, as film soundtracks (Mission Impossible; You’ve Got Mail and Prêt-a-Porter) and in many television series (The Sopranos;Beverly Hills 90210; and Malibu Shores). In China and Japan their songs have been translated and performed by indigenous local artists.
In early 2010, after a six-year hiatus, The Cranberries reunited and began a North American tour, followed by dates in South America and Europe. In 2012, they performed in China, Japan, The Philippines, Australia and New Zealand as well as Continental Europe, the UK and the USA.
The global success of The Cranberries has seen the band perform in front of millions of fans worldwide. Their music has been honoured by MTV, the Juno Award and they were named as one of the Most Outstanding Irish Bands of All Time (alongside U2 and Van Morrison). They were also chosen to play at a Nobel Peace Prize Award Ceremony.
In 2016 The Cranberries played a series of sold-out European shows in Poland, France and Switzerland. As a measure of The Cranberries continued popularity, they have over 2.2 Million listens each month on Spotify.
2017 promises to be a very, very special year for The Cranberries in terms of touring and recording.
The Cranberries will play their first and only live show in Norway for 15 years at Trollrock Beitostølen July 29th 2017.