Marquee stalwarts returning to mark final year of concerts at the Showgrounds 

Marquee stalwarts returning to mark final year of concerts at the Showgrounds 
REPRO FREE Jenny Greene and RTE Orchestra at Live at the Marquee 2019 last Friday. Picture: Miki Barlok

Cork music fans can look forward to some longstanding favourites playing in what will be the final year of concerts at the Marquee on the Showgrounds next summer. 

Jenny Greene and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will play the venue on Friday June 26. Reimagined dance classics will be played by a 48 piece live orchestra, featuring main vocalist Gemma Sugrue. The orchestra will be conducted by Gavin Murphy. 

This hugely successful collaboration with RTÉ 2FM and Jenny Greene won the IMRO Outstanding Achievement Award 2018. Tickets for 2FM’s Jenny Greene and The RTÉ Concert Orchestra go on sale Thursday 28 November at 10am

Returning to the Marquee as an ever-present since it launched in 2005, Christy Moore will play his final gig at the venue on June 27. Tickets are on sale on November 27.

This latest announcement follows the news that Diana Ross, Cat Stevens and Christy Moore will all appear at the Marquee in 2020. 

The 75-year-old Chain Reaction singer Diana Ross last played the docklands in 2005 and returns to the tent for the final run of gigs at the venue.

The former leader of the Supremes will play the much-loved venue as part of her Top Of the World Tour on June 25 next year. Tickets will go on sale next Monday.

Legendary singer-songwriter Yusuf Islam, better known by his stage name of Cat Stevens and famous for the songs Wild World, Father & Son and Moonshadow, will take to the stage on June 24. Tickets for this gig will go on sale next Tuesday.

The developers who own the former Cork Showgrounds site have indicated their intention to be on site after concerts finish next summer, bringing the long-running concert series on the docklands site to an end after 15 years.

Up to 1,000 homes are expected to be built on the land to tie in with the expansion of the city into brownfield dockland sites.

Elton John, Kanye West, and Bob Dylan are among the illustrious names to have graced the Marquee stage in the past.

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