THE Nathan Carter gig in the Demesne, Newcastle West later this month is set to be yet another sell-out for the singing star and yet another success for the WestFest committee.
Over 1200 tickets were sold on the day the gig was launched, Ida Dunworth of the WestFest committee said.
And this figure has almost doubled since.
“There are just a few hundred tickets left at €20,” she told the Limerick Leader this week. “My advice to people would be: don’t get caught. Make sure you have your ticket now.”
Already, she added, several hotels and B&Bs in the West Limerick area are booked out for the night of the gig, Saturday, June 28. “The majority of ticket sales so far are from outside the area. People are coming from as far away as Fermanagh, Sligo and Carlow. We are amazed. It is a huge economic boost for the area,” Ms Dunworth said.
The fact that it is a relatively intimate gig with just over 3,000 tickets to be sold has been a big factor for Nathan’s many fans. And the €20 ticket price is an additional bonus.
The gig is being run as a fund-raiser and as a curtain raiser for WestFest, the September festival which is now in its third year in Newcastle West.
Previous fundraisers, which included white collar boxing and a Strictly Come Dancing evening were sell-out affairs, Ms Dunworth revealed and they are delighted that the Nathan Carter gig is well on course to be another sell-out.
Paddy Quilligan and his band will feature as the support act on the night. The gig will be held under canvas in the camagie field in the Demesne. Getting everything into place is a big logistics operation, Ms Dunworth acknowledged.
But there is growing excitement too at the prospect of a great night’s entertainment.
“This year’s WestFest line-up promises to be one of our best ever,” Ms Dunworth continued. Mary Black has been confirmed for the opening night on September 10 while the High Kings will make a return visit. “At the moment, we have to keep the name of another big act under wraps but we will be revealing that name on June 28,” she said.
Nathan Carter has become one of the country’s leading musical sensations over the past four years since he set up his own band.
Born into a family with strong Irish roots in Liverpool, he began learning to play accordion at the age of four.
By the age of 12, he had become an All-Ireland Fleadh winner in accordeon and solo singing. He was a head chorister in the Liverpool Boys Choir and even sang for the Pope in Rome.
He played piano and piano accordeon with the Liverpool Ceili Band before starting some solo gigs in Liverpool and London.
But his rise to fame came following a meeting with songwriter John Farry in Donegal in 2009. Within months, Nathan was heading up his own band and since then there have been five albums and two DVDs. His latest album Where I Wanna Be made it into the Irish charts, and he has appeared on the Late Late Show, on Glór Tíre and even in a cameo role in TG4’s soap, Ros na Rún. And he is still only 24.
Tickets for the Newcastle West can be secured at 069-61055 or 086-4010316.