Free tickets online for Waterford Tall Ships concerts

FREE tickets for the headline music acts for the Tall Ships festival in Waterford are to be made available later this month.

With the Tall Ships Races 2011 now just eight weeks away, organisers are set to release tickets online for outdoor concerts in the city by Bryan Ferry, the Waterboys and Sharon Shannon, along with special guests Damien Dempsey and Dessie O’Halloran.

Tickets will be available free from 9am on May 18 through the website for the Bryan Ferry concert taking place at Waterford’s Bolton Street on June 30 — the opening night of the festival.

The following day, free tickets will be released for the June 30 Waterboys performance, supported by local outfit O Emperor, while May 30 will see the release of tickets for the Sharon Shannon Show, backed by guests Damien Dempsey and Dessie O’Halloran.

The concert tickets, which cannot be sold on, will be limited to two per applicant, with measures being taken to ensure multiple pairs of tickets are not allocated to the same people.

In addition to the online ticket allocation which will be done on a first-come- first-served basis, further free tickets for all three concerts will be distributed at John Roberts Square in Waterford from 11am on June 4 when there will be separate queuing for each of the three concerts.

Announcing the ticketing arrangements, Tall Ships project manager Olivia O’Reilly said there was “huge interest” in the free evening concerts.

“From a public safety perspective, there is a limit to the number of people who can be accommodated at the Bolton Street concert site so were setting the number of tickets for each show at 12,000,” she said.

“There will be a wide range of alternative free entertainment at our other stages as well as on the streets each day and night while there will be fireworks displays above the River Suir each night from Thursday to Saturday, June 30 to July 2.”

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