LIMERICK has scooped Galway to become the only other city outside of Dublin, Cork and Belfast to host the official ‘Arthur’s Day 2011’ celebrations, meaning that a stellar line-up of acts - including Scottish dance supremo Calvin Harris and squeezbox legend Sharon Shannon - will perform in the ‘Big Top’ at the Milk Market on September 22.
Galway was the fourth official city last year, but thanks to efforts made by Mick Dolan and his team in the Warehouse, plus the burgeoning reputation of the Milk Market as a superb venue for live music, Diageo have decided to appoint Limerick as an official host city this year.
Mick Dolan was keen to express his delight at the announcement, which will see Harris, Shannon, Royseven, Jamie Woon and another as yet to be announced act performing in the ‘Big Top’ at the Milk Market, the night after Dolan’s run a Villagers gig in the same venue.
“We got it into Limerick because of the work we have put in over the past two years,” he explained.
“That is really what swung it, and it is exciting, it is great for Limerick,” he added, noting that a third concert, for Friday, September 23, might yet be announced in due course.
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.
“The medieval city of Galway lost out to us, and I am delighted that we beat them,” he added.
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 performance by one of the five acts, with their identity to remain a secret before the gigs take place. Tickets for ‘Arthurs Day 2011’ are on sale now through Ticketmaster.