Guitar king Clapton lined up for summer gig at the castle
Published 31/01/2008 | 00:00
Rock legend Eric Clapton is to play an open air show at Malahide Castle this June.
Six concerts will take place in the venue this summer.
Promoter Peter Aiken, who is bringing Clapton to Ireland to perform on Saturday, June 21, confirmed that his company would be running two other major concerts in Malahide, details of which would be announced in the coming months.
He said: "There will be another concert on Sunday, June 22, with our last one there on the following weekend. We are very excited about bringing Eric Clapton here. His career has included spells in bands such as The Yardbirds, John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek & The Dominoes.
"He has also enjoyed a long and successful solo career for the past three decades. We're confident that the gig will be a huge success."
Guitar hero Clapton, referred to by some of his fans as "God", will be supported by special guests Robert Randolph and The Family Band.
Malahide Castle was opened as a new venue last year, with concerts by Arctic Monkeys, Pink, Joe Cocker and Al Green.
Senan Turnbull of Fingal County Council, who opened it up for live shows, said the events have the approval of locals.
"The majority of the local residents are in favour of the gigs, which is great. It's a beautiful location set on 300 acres and has all the infrastructure that's needed. And this year, as Clapton fans will be a slightly older crowd, we're expecting both the bars and the restaurants in Malahide to benefit.
"We're also urging fans to use public transport to and from the gig. The train station is nearby and special buses will be allowed into and out of the site," he revealed.
Tickets for the Clapton concert, priced at €76.25 each, will go on sale this Monday at 9am from the usual outlets.
Rival promoter MCD has Radiohead playing the same venue on June 6-7, and is expected to announce one more act in the near future.
Meanwhile, the headline acts have been announced for the Heineken Green Energy Festival this May bank holiday weekend in Dublin Castle.
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will play on Saturday, May 3, Radio Soulwax on Sunday, May 4 and The Kooks on Monday, May 5.