Leonard Cohen concert confirmed
Published 20/04/2010 | 17:52
Concert promoters have confirmed what Leonard Cohen fans have been saying for days - Everybody Knows the singer-songwriter will perform in Ireland this summer.
The 75-year-old's official website, which had posted a date for Sligo this summer, was forced to hastily change the tour schedule on Monday amid concerns plans for the gig had not been signed off.
POD and AEG, the promoters keen to keep the show under wraps until today (Tuesday), insisted there was nothing sinister behind the badly-kept secret, "just the dotting of Is and crossing of Ts".
The Canadian, regarded by devoted fans as a poet as much as a singer, will play historic Lissadell House - the ancestral home of rebel Countess Markievicz and where WB Yeats spent time in 1893 and 1894.
The venue was chosen after Cohen, a fan and student of the poet, was given a limited-edition book of his poetry following last year's performance in Dublin.
Promoters said Cohen's management suggested they come up with a new venue after playing in the capital two years running. "The promoters then had a chat with the owners of Lissadell, Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, who loved the idea and agreed to make it happen," a spokeswoman said.
The couple, who have spent millions restoring the stately home, have been embroiled in a long-running rights-of-way dispute with Sligo County Council, whose officials will have to sign off on a licence for the performance.
The 10,000 all-seater concert, the first of its kind at the coastal home, takes place on July 31.
Cohen is returning to Ireland for the third time in three years after playing acclaimed shows in Kilmainham in 2008 and four shows at the O2 last year. Tickets from 80 euro go on sale on April 26.