Cork to cash in on rock concerts

CORK’S Live at the Marquee festival, which kicked off with The Frames on Saturday, is expected to bring a cash boost to the local economy of some €30 million.

For the seventh year in a row, the music extravaganza has attracted some of the top names both past and present to the specially constructed marquee at the Docklands on Centre Park Road in Cork city.

This year’s 14-act event includes internationally renowned performers such as Bob Dylan, who performs on June 16, Elton John (June 28) and Tom Jones (June 19).

There will also be homegrown performances from the likes of Westlife (July 9) and Imelda May (June 17&23).

Another Irish act, this year’s Eurovision entrants Jedward, announced a second date, due to high demand. The uniquely coiffed Grimes twins will perform on July 2&3.

Next up in the 5,000-capacity marquee will be Wednesday night’s performance by Erasure. The band, who achieved 24 consecutive Top 20 hits in Britain between 1986 and the late 1990s, plan to release their new album in September.

Live at the Marquee was originally conceived as an event to take place during Cork’s tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2005.

It was then decided to continue with the event in the years that followed.

Previous performers include Brian Wilson, Diana Ross, Al Green, Duran Duran and Lionel Richie. Bob Dylan is returning this month having last played onsite in Cork in 2006 while Elton John and Paul Simon are also second time visitors to the marquee.

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