Peter Aiken: I want to bring concerts to Páirc Uí Chaoimh

Peter Aiken: I want to bring concerts to Páirc Uí Chaoimh
Promoter Peter Aiken pictured outside the Marquee. Picture. Jim Coughlan.

One of the biggest concert promoters in the country has said he'd love to organise major gigs at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Speaking ahead of the Live at the Marquee concert series this week, Peter Aiken said the new-look Páirc would be a magnificent venue for the city.

“It's going to be magnificent...I hope to look at it in the future if there's something suitable. It's a great stadium but we'd have to work around things.” 

Mr Aiken warned that getting access to the stadium for concerts could be tricky during the busy summer GAA season.

He said: “Would we like to do something there? Of course. Is it going to be available? It's a tricky venue to get into,” he told the Evening Echo.

“If you try to get into Thomond Park, the rugby stops there in mid-May and it doesn't come back until September, it's pretty open. But if you try to book Pairc Uí Chaoimh, there could be 10 matches there and there could be replays, who knows. It's not as straightforward as other stadiums are.” 

“Cork is unusual in that it's got two quite successful teams as opposed to other counties. You've got big club championships that you have to work out.

"First and foremost is that they have to prioritise the GAA first. Everything has to be aligned, it's not just as simple as people think it is,” he added.

Meanwhile, Mr Aiken confirmed that backpacks will not be allowed into the venue for the Live at the Marquee shows this year in light of the recent terror attacks in the UK.

“We're always reviewing security. We won't allow anyone in with backpacks. We promoted all through the Troubles in Northern Ireland and we're well aware of security arrangments at all these gigs. We have to take precautions,” said Mr Aiken.

Mr Aiken said ticket sales have been very healthy for Live at the Marquee with a number of shows already sold out including Cliff Richard, Elton John, Walking On Cars, The Coronas, Eddie Vedder and Picture This. He also confirmed a surprise special guest for the Eddie Vedder concert.

“Ticket sales are very healthy. We started out with three sellouts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday – the two Picture This gigs and Eddie Vedder,” he said.

“Eddie Vedder's special guest is Glen Hansard. Glen Hansard could sell out the Marquee on his own and Picture This have got this amazing new singer from Co Down, Catherine McGrath, that everybody's talking about. People are going to remember that they've seen her [at this gig].

“Al Porter sales are ticking along. Then there's Jenny Greene, there will be 10,000 people at that. Elbow will be great, there should be 4,000 plus at that.

“Tommy Tiernan is nearly sold out. Franki Valli is an older audience. He was the One Direction of his day. Gavin James is faring well, Nathan Carter tickets are flying. Bryan Adams is close to sold out and then we finish up with Christy Moore who'll be playing for the 11th time in 12 years. He's going to sell out. Overall we have no worries about it,” he added.

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