Faithless will take to the stage of the Marquee in Cork’s docklands tonight kicking off a marathon 15-gig music and comedy feast over three weeks.
An army of workers have spent the past two weeks preparing the former Ford car lot for the distinctive blue and red circus-style ‘big top’, which will host the third annual Live at the Marquee festival.
During the event, Cork will play host to some of the world’s top musical acts, including The Who, Elton John, 50 Cent, Madness and Lionel Richie.
This morning the man behind Live at the Marquee, promoter Peter Aiken, was busy putting the final touches to the venue for what promises to be the most exciting music festival Cork has ever witnessed.
“Everyone has put in a tremendous amount of hard work to have everything ready for tonight,” he said. “It’s great to see it all come together as planned.
“Once again the people of Cork and Munster have given the Marquee their full backing, with five of the concerts sold out weeks ago. We expect more than 70,000 people to pass through here over the next 21 days,” he added.
Peter said that the reputation the festival had gained since it began in 2005, helped to attract some of the big names.
“Having had acts like Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, Brian Wilson and Kanye West play the Marquee attracts huge interest from within the music industry. Already we have some big names getting in contact regarding next year,” he revealed.
“There may even be a chance that we will see some of the big names that have already played at the festival making a welcome return to Cork. Look at Christy Moore; this is his third year playing the Marquee, and his concert was the first to sell out,” he added.
Officially launching the festival, Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Michael Ahern said that to describe this year’s line-up as eclectic, would be the understatement of the year.
“We have some of the biggest names in music spanning 40 or more years — and then there’s Podge and Rodge,” he joked.
“From the 60s we have The Who, from the 70s Status Quo and Elton John and from the 80s Madness, Lionel Ritchie and Duran Duran. From more recent times we have Faithless, 50 Cent, Cascada and our own Bell-XI,” he added.