Prodigy kick off Marquee music fest

DESPITE a stellar line-up, tickets for many of the acts at this years Live at the Marquee, now in its fifth year, have yet to sell out.

Kicking off the series last night ‘90s dance act The Prodigy, rolled back the years to deliver a set packed with all their hits.

However, despite the band’s popularity, there were still tickets available for the show yesterday evening.

The quickest sellers this year have been Lady GaGa and Ne-Yo, both of which have managed to sell out.

However, there are tickets available for many of the other big name gigs like Rod Stewart, Kanye West, Boyzone and 50 Cent.

Sinead Watters, spokesperson for Aiken Promotions, said sales were in line with previous years.

“We haven’t noticed any real difference” she said.

Ms Watters said with multiple acts from the same music genres slower sales were inevitable.

“This is the first time we have had two hip-hop acts for example so that can split the audience. So although Kanye and 50 Cent are slower, they are still selling,” she said.

Speaking at the launch in Cork in November, Peter Aiken said: “We have some big acts in there like The Prodigy and Kasabian. Kasabian sold out Dublin Castle in a day.”

However, Kasabian were forced to cancel their appearance at the Marquee due to promotional commitments. Multi-million album-selling band Blondie also scrapped their gig just hours before tickets went on sale due to a change of dates in the group’s other European gigs.

A host of Irish acts are appearing over the next few weeks including Christy Moore, Boyzone, Bell X1 and Mick Flannery and John Spillane.

* www.marqueecork.com

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