CHART TOPPING boyband JLS were given a Thomond Park welcome by none other than Munster captain Paul O’Connell this Tuesday, as the group held a press conference to promote their upcoming summer concert in the venue.
The quartet were suitably impressed by the 26,000 capacity stadium, which they revealed to the Limerick Leader will be the biggest venue they have played at to date.
“This will be the biggest venue that we are doing on the tour. It is huge. It is amazing, incredible - an honour,” said a beaming Marvin Humes of JLS,
“Aston has Irish heritage and I was talking to Una Healy from the Saturdays just a few weeks ago and she is from just up the road in Tipperary, and I said we were playing Thomond Park and she was amazed, she said it was huge.
“I suppose the equivalent for us is playing Wembley Stadium - it is of that stature and it is a real honour and we can’t wait to come back and put on a great show. So many great artists have performed before, Pink and Elton John and acts like that, so we have big acts to follow,” he added.
Munster star Alan Quinlan joined his captain in welcoming the boyband, and concert promoter Peter Aiken said he was “delighted” the rugby stars were there. The concert boss promised prospective concert goers a “pop extravaganza” and declared that five bands in total will play at the June 26 concert, including headliners JLS and fellow X-Factor runner-up Olly Murs.
“It is great value, there are tickets for €40, it is good value - they will get five bands, it is a whole day thing - it is going to be a pop extravaganza,” promised Aiken.
The high-profile concert promoter said tickets were going “reasonably well” and estimated that close to half of the tickets had sold.
“Tickets are going reasonably well, we are hoping for 25,000 - I think we will get between 20 and 22,000, that is my prediction,” he said.
Thomond Park stadium boss John Cantwell said that boyband JLS were “the latest in a very interesting line-up since we opened Thomond Park and they have experienced the X-Factor, now they will experience the Munster factor”.
Extra tickets go on sale for the June 26 concert from this Friday at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets, including Euro Empire on O’Connell Street. Tickets are priced at €40 and €48.