Variety of events lined up for Limerick’s Milk Market in 2012

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

A WEDDING, concerts - both seated and standing - and corporate events are all on the agenda for the Milk Market in 2012.

A WEDDING, concerts - both seated and standing - and corporate events are all on the agenda for the Milk Market in 2012.

Following a series of sold-out gigs in the outdoor, multi-purpose venue, big plans are afoot for the ‘Big Top’ in 2012.

Several thousand music fans crammed into the redeveloped Milk Market to see The Coronas, Bell X1 and Imelda May in November and December and more acts are on the way this year, according to manager David O’Brien and concert promoter Mick Dolan.

Mr O’Brien hailed the autumn series of Live at the Big Top gigs as “hugely successful” with “no negative reaction from the public whatsoever, it has all been positive”.

“We did a lot of planning and a lot of work and it seems things can only better, our experiments are over, we have tried it and it works and it is a question of what we can do with it now,” explained Mr O’Brien.

At least four gigs are planned for the venue in the coming months, starting in March, possibly around Paddy’s Day, concert boss Mick Dolan confirmed.

“We have a couple already in for the Big Top for this year,” said Mr Dolan. “We will wait for the weather to lift a bit, Paddy’s weekend is one we are looking at. We have about four or five ideas that we are looking at and we might have a few surprises.”

A seated concert is thought to be among options that is being looked at for the facility, which is growing its reputation as one of the finest venues in the Mid-West. Several other events will also take place, Mr O’Brien explained.

“There are a number of gigs lined up and four more completely alternative gigs lined up as well and there are a number of events that are not music related,” he said. “We are hoping to have our first wedding this year and we are hoping to have our first big corporate event as well. There are a few other little things which will add flavour and diversity to the place.”