100,000 people are expected to visit the tent over the next five weeks as it plays host to acts including A-ha, The Script, Gavin James, Picture This, Bell XI, and Chic.
The site had been previously earmarked for a hotel and office complex when it was owned by Howard Holdings — who bought it for €35m — and the developers had planning permission for a high-density development which is valid until the end of next year.
“When Live at the Marquee is in full swing, there are few places like it.”
“I’d love if it stayed here forever,” said Mr Aiken.
“There would be a bit of overspill of music if that was the case.
“It was amazing and I don’t say that for every gig, this was just one of those gigs, so I’m really excited” he added.