CORK has the potential to attract artists as big as Garth Brooks, U2, and Coldplay at the newly redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh, according to Live at the Marquee promoter Peter Aiken.
Mr Aiken, of Aiken Promotions, was speaking at the launch of the Live at the Marquee series, which saw Picture This last night play the first of two consecutive sold-out gigs at the venue.
“There are only a handful of artists in the world that could play Dublin and Cork. Springsteen could do both, Garth Brooks and U2 could too. Coldplay could probably do it, said Mr Aiken.
“There are only 10 acts, not 100 acts that could do it. There will definitely be concerts in Páirc Uí Chaoimh, it might be a couple a years, it might not.
“I don’t think Cork can rival Dublin because if someone plays France, they want to play in Paris... I do think that Cork has a track record with the likes of Springsteen here — he loved it here. But you look at the Aviva Stadium last year and there was only one concert.
“Live at the Marquee is one of the things I’m most proud of. You look back and there have been some international artists and there’s a fantastic line-up again,” he added.
Ticket sales for the event have been a testament to the venue’s enduring popularity and 2017 marks its 12th year.
“Every one of the gigs is selling well,” said Mr Aiken. “There are still tickets available for shows but it’s funny, the day you kick it off, people become aware of it and you see a spike in sales.
“After every gig, people say ‘I wouldn’t mind going back there again’,” he added.
Picture This will return to the Marquee stage tonight after 5,000 people witnessed the Kildare duo’s rousing set last night.
Drummer Jimmy Rainsford said he can’t believe the band has sold out two nights at the venue after performing as a support act last year.
“It doesn’t feel like these are our gigs — it feels like we’re here on support.
“Last year we were joking, saying ‘imagine headlining one of these’ and this year we’re doing two of them. It doesn’t hit us until we walk out,” he said.