MTV crashes in with surprise stars

 Gorgon City were the first act to take to the stage at MTV Crashes in Cork City Hall last night. Picture: Rory Coomey

Every teenager knows how to use a smiley face on their phone while only occasionally exhibiting such glee themselves.

Not last night.

There were almost 1,000 smiley faces beaming for the TV cameras at Cork City Hall when MTV came to town to put on a special one-night gig featuring the delectable Jessie Ware and electro duo Gorgon City.

The floorboards at the City Hall concert venue were sorely tested as the audience of mostly teens and revellers in their 20s, danced, jumped, shouted, and clapped in delight as the live music spectacular got under way.

MTV Crashes Cork will air across the network of music channels worldwide next month, featuring the city and its inhabitants as well as the stars on stage. In all, the event will be shown in 161 countries and is said to be worth around €10m to the local economy.

Last night’s event was the highlight of a three-day build-up, with a music trail running across the city, featuring 30 bands, with many free daytime gigs.

Robert Quirke, CEO of Action Media, who spent two years working to secure the project, described it as a “major win” for Ireland, and Cork in particular.

Cork City Hall looked suitably resplendent with giant green and white lanterns lending a sparkle to the outside of the building while, inside, the huge bank of lights easily outshone the chandeliers that adorn the usually sedate venue.

While there were no obvious A-list performers like Robbie Williams — hinted to sing in Cork when the gig was first announced — the headline acts promised of super stardom to come.

Jessie Ware has been making a name for herself since she arrived on the scene two years ago and has already notched up two BRIT nominations.

“Crashing Cork with MTV is going to be gorgeous,” she said before the show, revealing family connections with the city. “I’ve never been, but seeing as my grandfather lived there, it’s hopefully going to feel like a second home.”

Gorgon City, who have had a top 10 UK album with Sirens, were equally excited. “It’s incredible to be invited to play at MTV Crashes Cork,” said the band’s Kye Gibbon .


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