CORK city is about to get a new music venue. The Venue, part of a new integrated Hanover Quarter, will have a standing capacity of 600 and a fully seated capacity of 400.
Being developed by Paul Montgomery of Reardens, it will sit alongside an existing sports bar and what will become a new tequila bar on the site of the old glass factory on Hanover Street.
The first concerts are scheduled for September, with the likes of Coolio, the Riptide Movement, and the Hothouse Flowers already lined up to perform.
The Venue is being managed and programmed by Shane O’Driscoll’s Easy Street Entertainment, who are well-known in the industry doing similar work at Centre Stage in Naas and the Landmark Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon. Easy Street also holds a long-term operational and booking contract with the INEC in Killarney.
The new concert venue will also include its own full in-house production set-up.
Mr O’Driscoll said there are ambitious plans for the Venue. “We have entered into this with a view to creating something special for Cork,” Shane O’Driscoll said.
“There are multiple small venues and then the Opera House, but we know from our own experience, due diligence, and from the way the music business is developing that a mid-size venue such as we are creating has real appeal.
“Building from the ground up means we can focus on getting the right experience for the audience and also for the acts themselves — something that is often difficult in venues that double up as something else.
“Our long-term goal is to develop into a 1,000 capacity venue but we will build up to that for the first months with a programme that we know will be popular based on what we have in place now.
“Bands like The Riptide Movement, Hothouse Flowers, Coolio, Arrested Development, and The Beat are among a long list of acts already confirmed.”
Management are hoping to stage four concerts per month, with more intimate events also planned to give local talent a leg-up.
“This is an exciting part of what we are creating around what will become Hanover Quarter,” Paul Montgomery added.
“We have seen the appeal that live music has through another successful run of Live at the Marquee and the people of Cork deserve to have the kind of year-round facility that will bring acts to the city and develop our already rich musical and entertainment heritage.”
Among the events already confirmed are The Beat starring Dave Wakeling (September 5), the Riptide Movement (September 8), Bagatelle (October 12), Coolio (October 13), Ryan Sheridan & Ronan Nolan (October 26), Ryan O’Shaughnessy (November 9) and the Hothouse Flowers (December 28).