Tall Ships concert tickets go on sale this weekend

QUEUES are expected this Saturday in Waterford’s city centre for the release of more tickets for free concerts taking place during the Tall Ships festival.

As the countdown continues to the return, after six years, of the Tall Ships Races to Waterford from June 30 to July 3, the second phase of tickets will be available from 11am on Saturday at John Roberts Square in the city centre.

The free tickets will offer entry to the Bolton Street performances by headline acts Bryan Ferry (June 30), The Waterboys (July 1) and Sharon Shannon with special guests Damien Dempsey and Dessie O’Halloran (July 2).

Outlining the ticketing arrangements, Olivia O’Reilly, project manager with the Tall Ships Races 2011, said: “With over 17,000 visits to our website during May 18-20 when we were distributing free tickets online, we’re expecting great interest in John Roberts Square on Saturday when we have thousands more tickets to give away for each of the three concerts.

“For those who don’t manage to get tickets on Saturday, there will still be a very 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.”

There will also be stages at John Roberts Square, William Vincent Wallace Plaza and on the North Wharf with live performances by local, national and international acts.

Meanwhile, a food village will give visitors a taste of Waterford while the Crafts Council of Ireland is supporting an exciting crafts village to showcase the very best of Irish crafts.”

To coincide with Waterford’s hosting of the Tall Ships Races 2011, Spraoi has commissioned almost 20 national and international street performance acts.

Keith Barry, the award-winning illusionist, and a 200-piece choir will perform specially commissioned pieces at the launch on the afternoon of June 30, which is to be attended by Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Other festival highlights include the crew parade on July 1 and the parade of sail by the international fleet on July 3.

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