Megastar gigs are set to continue at Live at the Marquee and at Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Megastar gigs are set to continue at Live at the Marquee and at Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Music promoter Peter Aiken and Lord Mayor Mick Finn at City Hall.

CORK could be set for more massive outdoor gigs in 2019 - but promoters are remaining tight-lipped on which megastars they are hoping to attract.

Following the sellout success of Ed Sheeran's concerts at Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Leesiders are hopeful that big outdoor gigs will become an annual tradition in Cork.

Promoter Peter Aiken confirmed that there are plans for similar events in the future but is keeping details quiet for now.

Mr Aiken made the revelation in a meeting with Cork's Lord Mayor, Cllr Mick Finn.

Mr Finn said, "No details are available yet, but it does appear that Cork will get another big act, which is only right and proper for a city and county of our size. Providing top-class entertainment options locally is the least our citizens deserve without having to fork out on expensive overnight trips to Dublin, London and beyond."

The Lord Mayor met Mr Aiken yesterday at City Hall in a meeting that marked more than a decade of Aiken Promotions bringing international superstars to Cork at Live at the Marquee and other events, including the Ed Sheeran and Bruce Springsteen concerts at Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Mr Finn described the events as 'our window into the entertainment world.'

"The events organised by Peter and his company really put Cork on the map and even a brief look at the artists who have performed here over the last 13 years shows how important they are to the city, county and the region," the Lord Mayor said.

"On a walkabout in the city with the Cork Business Association, it is also clear that the Marquee has huge economic benefits for Cork.

"It is an indication of the man himself that he did not want a reception but rather a visit to the office."

Mr Finn said the future of the Marquee concerts and big gigs planned for the Pairc were part of the conversation.

"Peter hopes that Live at the Marquee will go into its 13th year next year," the Lord Mayor said.

"The site was sold recently but it may take time for development work to start. Other possible locations for the event were also discussed: we need to keep this concert series going in light of the pace of the Event Centre development. If and when that is constructed, it is felt there will still be place for Live at the Marquee."

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