AHEAD of a massive UK and European tour with Barbados siren Rihanna, Scottish dance music supremo Calvin Harris is coming to Limerick to perform as part of the Guinness ‘Arthur’s Day 2011’ bonanza in the ‘Big Top’ at the Milk Market in September.
Harris will perform alongside Irish musical legend Sharon Shannon, hugely popular up and coming Irish band Royseven, British singer Jamie Woon - who was fourth in the BBC’s Sound of 2011 poll earlier this year - and an as yet to be announced fifth act, who are also expected to be an established name, for the September 22 concerts.
Arthur’s Day has become an established centrepiece of the Irish music scene in recent years, and Limerick - thanks to Dolan’s and the Milk Market’s burgeoning reputation as a music venue - have essentially stolen the rights to hosting the high-profile gigs in September from Galway, who were the fourth host city last year after Cork, Dublin and Belfast.
It is a major coup for the city, and the selection of Calvin Harris reflects that - the Scot celebrating success with his recent radio and chart smash ‘Bounce’, featuring Kelis set to be followed up by the release of his storming new single ‘Feel So Close’ on August 21.
Essentially the ‘Big Top’ in the Milk Market will be the ‘studio’ - where all five acts will perform on the same stage that has recently hosted The Coronas and Imelda May, and will play host to Villagers the night before Arthur’s Day - while five pubs, Dolan’s Warehouse, Mickey Martin’s, Flannery’s on Denmark Street, Jerry Flannery’s on Catherine Street and Nancy Blakes will each host a special surprise performance by one of the five acts.
Promoter Mick Dolan said the news was “exciting, it is great for Limerick,” noting that a third concert, for Friday, September 23, might yet be announced in due course.
“The Big Top will be the focus, and then there are the five pubs, so the different performers will perform in the various pubs, but you won’t know who they are going to be,” he explained.
An ebullient Milk Market manager, David O’Brien, noted that Limerick had beaten Galway to the chase, describing it as “complete coup for Limerick”.
“We are completely delighted. You couldn’t ask for a better validation of what we have done here, and out of this, the amount of publicity we are going to get from this, I think the gigs and events we will get next year will be off the scale,” he said.
Tickets are on sale now from Ticketmaster.