VIDEO: Global sensation kicks off summer of festivals in Cork

Global Irish dance sensation Riverdance kicked off a scorching summer of music and festivals in Cork last night.

Riverdance director John McColgan said he was delighted the pulsating show was opening the 11th annual Live at the Marquee series.

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“This is such a unique venue — a world-class venue with world-class artists — and to get four shows was a fantastic buzz for us,” he said.

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Riverdance continues at the Marquee until Sunday. Other headliners include Beck, Billy Idol, The Coronas, Nathan Carter, Kodaline, Lionel Ritchie, ZZ Top, Dara Ó Briain, Chic featuring Nile Rogers, and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. The series runs until July 14.

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Meanwhile, Cork Opera House will celebrate its 160th anniversary tomorrow with a gala concert.

Cork City Council has also announced details of its Summer in Fitzgerald Park events, which begin with the ‘Picnic in the Park’ as part of the Midsummer Festival and includes outdoor film screenings across the August bank holiday weekend.

Later today, the city will host an acoustic tribute, to mark the start of a series of weekend events marking the 20th anniversary of the death of rock-blues guitar legend Rory Gallagher.

The Cork Summer Show takes place the weekend after next, and Cork Concert Orchestra will perform its Mozart to Morricone concert in City Hall on July 2.

Musgrave Park is also set to host a 12,000-seat capacity concert by José Carreras and Katherine Jenkins, accompanied by The City of Cork Symphony Orchestra, on June 20.

Meanwhile, tickets have gone on sale for Live at St Luke’s, a new concert series at the historic former St Luke’s church in Summerhill, which will take place across August, with the likes of Dónal Lunny, Paddy Glackin, Panti Bliss, and Mary Black.

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