The Cranberries set for home town gig in Thomond Park in Limerick

Alan Owens

Reporter:

Alan Owens

LOCAL rockers the Cranberries are set for a massive outdoor home-town show in Thomond Park in July.

LOCAL rockers the Cranberries are set for a massive outdoor home-town show in Thomond Park in July.

The band are being lined up to play in the stadium along with another high profile international act, the Limerick Leader has learned.

Stadium boss John Cantwell confirmed that Thomond Park management have met with the Cranberries and “are working hard to make sure that they play here this year”.

“Negotiations are ongoing, but yes, we are on the same page - they want to play, we want them to play here, it is just a matter of finalising the details,” said Mr Cantwell.

The Thomond Park boss refused to elaborate further, but the Leader has learned the gig is set for mid-July and that the Cranberries are set to share the stage with another “world renowned” band.

Thomond Park are believed to have offers in with three high-profile bands and are close to finalising contracts for the gig, which they are promoting themselves.

They have previously worked with Aiken Promotions to bring Elton John, Rod Stewart, Pink, Bob Dylan and JLS to the stadium.

Mr Cantwell said that Thomond Park have a “great relationship” with promoter Peter Aiken and still hope to work with him this summer.

The Cranberries are currently on tour in America and were unavailable for comment. However, a publicist for the band said that although no date was finalised for a home town gig, the band would “love to play in Limerick and especially in Thomond Park”.

The Cranberries reformed in late 2009 after a seven year absence and played a short set at the Special Olympics opening ceremony in Thomond Park in June 2010.

They are set to release their sixth studio album Roses this Friday, their first since 2001’s Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.

The group are set to kick off a massive world tour in March which will take them from New Zealand, into Asia and across Europe.