TOP Irish rock band The Coronas are to be the first act to play in Limerick’s newest outdoor, multi-use venue, with a gig in the ‘Big Top’ at the newly redeveloped Milk Market facility.
The high-profile Irish rock band will perform to a huge crowd in the 200-year old market on Saturday, April 30, marking the high point of the Riverfest celebrations on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The announcement had been mooted for some time, with various bodies looking at the market, redeveloped to the tune of €2 million, since it opened last summer. Music venue Dolan’s are to put on this large-scale gig in the modern, all-weather facility under the 1.8 tonne, half acre canopy, or “Ireland’s largest tent” as architect Michael Healy has described it.
The venue are delighted to be able to put on this large, outdoor, high-profile show, their first since the Warehouse’s 10th anniversary celebrations on Limerick Docks in 2008, and are said to be gearing up to announce more gigs in the ‘Big Top’, pending the successful running of this upcoming gig.
The Coronas are extremely popular in their home country, selling out three nights in a row at The Olympia at Christmas, as well as being special guests on The Script’s European Tour and they have just returned from a US Tour that included sell out shows in New York, Vancouver and San Francisco. Sir Paul McCartney personally requested that they open his Dublin show at the RDS last summer, while their debut album ‘Heroes or Ghosts’ has exceeded double platinum sales in Ireland. The likeable pop-rock band are particularly fond of playing in Limerick.
“Whenever we play Dolan’s the reaction of the Limerick crowd is always electric, so we are looking forward to recreating the intimate atmosphere of the Warehouse on a larger scale,” explained Danny O’Reilly, frontman with the band.
Local man Ivan St John will play support at the gig, which will be an early one, with doors open at 7.30pm, and the Coronas expected to finish around 10.30pm. Tickets for The Coronas are €20 and available from www.dolanspub.com.
A large open-air concert will also take place in Arthurs Quay Park that Saturday, organised by HMV Cruises Street as part of the Riverfest weekend. The line-up has not been announced yet, but the Leader understands that The Flaws, Royseven, Windings and the High Kings will all perform, while a special guest is to be announced this Thursday at the festival’s launch.