Tom Jones to turn up heat at Marquee

MUSIC legend Tom Jones will set pulses racing at Cork’s Live at the Marquee summer concert series.

The Welsh superstar — who has sold more than 100 million records in a career spanning six decades — will make his debut at the 5,000-capacity docklands venue on June 19, just days after celebrating his 71st birthday.

The Delilah, Sex Bomb, and Green, Green Grass of Home singer was added to the bill yesterday alongside towering American singer songwriter and poet, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon, who is this year celebrating the 25th anniversary of his seminal Graceland album.

The two superstars share the same manager, and promoter Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions, who staged the first Live at the Marquee event in 2005, said both stars wanted to perform Leeside again.

He said Paul Simon’s management team pencilled in their Marquee date first and built their tour around it.

And despite the recession, he said ticket sales are performing well, with some shows already sold out. “When I was looking at the sales over the weekend, I was pleasantly surprised. People want to go to it.

“You have to work harder and gigs take longer to sell out but we are getting results. People have gone to it and have enjoyed the experience. And the artists love it too.

“We could put on 50 acts easily but it’s about striking a balance. We will do between 17 and 20 shows this year with a few superstars thrown in.”

Live at the Marquee will kick off with The Frames on June 11. International acts already confirmed include Erasure; Bryan Adams — who are both making their Marquee debuts — Nick Cave and Grinderman; 2009 X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke; and Elton John, who sold out his Marquee gig in 2007.

The headline Irish acts include Westlife, who sold out their two Marquee shows last year, The Frames, five years after their first Marquee show, rockabilly star Imelda May, who announced a second show yesterday after selling out her June 23 show, and Bell X1, who performed in the Marquee in 2007 and 2009. Christy Moore and Delcan Sinnott perform on June 28 for their seventh consecutive Marquee gig — all of which have sold out.

Fleet Foxes will headline the Harmonic series on June 26. Katherine Lynch will be the headline comedy act on June 18 with The Hack of Ya tour. “It’s not for the faint-hearted,” Mr Aiken joked.

At least three more international acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Aiken Promotions have staged some 140 Live at the Marquee concerts over the last six years.

Deputy Lord Mayor Michael Ahern said this year’s concert series will again result in a huge economic boost for the city, estimated at close to €10m.

* aikenpromotions.com

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