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Saturday 24 June 2017

Ticket prices cut to fuel interest in high-octane weekend

Jason O'Brien

Jason O'Brien

TICKET prices for this weekend's 'Top Gear Live' festival have been slashed in an effort to attract crowds.

When the presenters of the popular television show jetted into Ireland yesterday morning, they immediately focused their sights on the nightlife.

And that blase attitude seems to have been replicated in ticket sales for the event at Citywest in Dublin.

When announced earlier this year, prices started at €59 -- €6 cheaper than the cheapest tickets for last year's show at the RDS which, in turn, were €10 cheaper than a year before that.

But the Irish Independent has learned that tickets are now available from €46.

Reviews of the latest show -- which has already been put on in the UK -- have been mixed, with some complaints that the likes of car football are again a main feature, much like previous years.

Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May will present eight shows in Ireland over three days this weekend, with thousands expected to attend.

But although the venue is new, the Top Gear Festival is now into its third year in Dublin and the trio weren't showing too many pre-show nerves as they posed alongside the world's most expensive production car -- the Bugatti Veyron -- at the Four Seasons Hotel yesterday morning.

"I always look forward to Ireland and the show," May said.

" I'm hoping to go to Lillies later and a couple of pubs."

Motormouth Jeremy took to the drums alongside the house band on a previous visit to celebrity haunt Lillie's Bordello, but the trio have a bit of work to do alongside the partying.

The three-day festival will be held at Citywest for the first time, with organisers of the event promising a "purpose-built" racing track and a "never before seen line-up of supercars" including the Pagani Zonda and Lamborghini Gallardo.

Former Irish Formula One great Eddie Jordan will get a special tribute, with Michael Schumacher's first F1 car among those that will be put through their paces.

Irish Independent

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