Cork’s early morning rave gets off to a bright start

Rave and shine! Yawn-busting breakfast raves could become a regular feature on the streets of Cork after the first Good Morning Cork event was deemed a huge success.

Cork’s early morning rave gets off to a bright start

Almost 100 people attended the alcohol-free rave, a live gig, and open-air yoga sessions on Princes Street from 6.30am yesterday.

Fuelled by nothing more than freshly-squeezed orange juice and cups of strong coffee, they shook off their early-morning blues to dance their socks off and start the day in style.

DJ Stevie G started spinning the decks from 6.30am.

“I’d normally be heading home from a gig at this hour, but it was great to be part of it,” he said.

West Cork-based funk, soul outfit, The Saxy Lady Boys, took over and kept the vibe going until 8.30am.

Bewildered office workers who stumbled upon the event said it was a great use of the street, and created a fantastic buzz in the city at a normally quiet hour.

Busy council street cleaners and bin men watched in amusement as the crowd, including students, office workers and parents and children, bopped and boogied as the sun came up.

Local traders also hailed the initiative for injecting life in to the city centre.

Inspired by the Morning Gloryville immersive morning dance experience which has taken off in Dublin over the last two months, yesterday’s event was organised by Princes Street-based businessman, Jack Crotty, the chef at The Rocket Man salad and juice bar.

He expanded the concept to include live music and outdoor yoga classes, with therapist from iBrow offering eyebrow waxing treatments, IKON stylists doing hair, and Educo Gym instructors offering fitness tips.

“Nothing was happening in Cork at this hour of the morning so we said ‘why not give it a go’. It’s injected a bit of a life and spice in to the morning streets,” he said.

President of Cork Chamber, Gillian Keating, took part in a yoga class on the street before packing up her mat and heading to work.

Speaking after completing a downward dog pose, she said: “The view of St Patrick’s Street out through my legs at that hour of the morning was pretty spectacular.

“The Chamber are really behind this event and are delighted to support Jack.”

Himalaya Yoga Valley teacher, Hazel O’Sullivan, who led the class, said it was one of the earliest yoga sessions she has ever taken.

“I would love to see more of this kind of thing. It was really interesting and really nice. Yoga is good for flexibility, and the linking of body, mind and spirit, and unifying them,” she said.

Yoga centre owner Maeve O’Brien, whose teachers run community yoga sessions in Fitzgerald Park at 10am on Saturdays to raise funds for Cork Simon, said early yoga sessions can activate your entire nervous system.

Suzi Gubbins, and her partner Cian Hickey, brought their 11-month-old daughter, Mia, along. Perched atop her dad’s shoulders, she beamed with delight as she bopped along to the music.

Suzi said: “It’s amazing. I’m sold on the live band. Cork is such a great city. It has the people — it just needs people to get up and do stuff like this, and if they do, I’ll be there,” she said, before heading off to work on College Road.

Mr Crotty said he hopes to organise similar events in the future.

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