Dock­land makeover Points to busy fu­ture for live mu­sic

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

A pre­dic­tion for 2009? Ex­pect to see less and less sin­gle-artist out­door shows on the sum­mer gig­ging sched­ule.

While you might think this has some­thing to do with the weather or the re­ces­sion (or both), the real rea­son for this change will be down to The 02, the new name for the Point in Dublin.

Since that venue closed last sum­mer and got the builders in, Ir­ish pro­mot­ers have had to find other venues for their big­ger shows.

Th­ese re­place­ment venues have been both imag­i­na­tive (last win­ter’s erec­tion of large mar­quees in Dublin 8 by MCD, Aiken Pro­mo­tions and POD Con­certs) and hor­rific (the RDS in­door arena is a shed bet­ter suited to show­cas­ing new agri­cul­tural equip­ment than live mu­sic).

It’s safe to say, then, that the ar­rival of a venue such as The 02 in Dublin will be warmly wel­comed by the Big Three pro­mot­ers.

For a start, it means that there will fi­nally be an­other Ir­ish venue on a par with Belfast’s ex­cel­lent Odyssey, which will al­low arena acts to play more than one Ir­ish show on their tour.

But many shows which are cur­rently held out­doors may also end up in Dublin’s dock­lands.

While there will al­ways be acts such as Bruce Spring­steen, where de­mand war­rants an out­door venue (as well as the likes Me­tal­lica who will be tour­ing with a full out­door pro­duc­tion set-up), there are also many shows which pro­mot­ers will be happy to see go­ing in­doors.

The avail­abil­ity of a venue with a ca­pac­ity of up to 13,000 means pro­mot­ers will be able to avail of re­duced venue and pro­duc­tion costs when it comes to th­ese shows. With The 02, there will be no need to rent a few acres of land and build a stage ev­ery time Neil Young, Eric Clap­ton, Lenny Kravitz or Leonard Co­hen comes to town. The venue will also en­sure plenty of re­peat vis­its from acts who would nor­mally only get to fit in an Ir­ish show ev­ery few years. Of course, de­pend­ing on the act, this might not be such a good thing.

Out­door man: James Het­field

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