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Wednesday 20 August 2014

We're not jokers when it comes to gigs, says comic

Lorna Reid

Published 22/11/2005 | 00:11

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THE notion that Ireland is a "joke venue" for major award ceremonies doesn't get any laughs from comedian Patrick Kielty.

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In Dublin to promote the 2006 Meteor Music Awards in the Point Theatre, the Co Down-born Kielty said that a lot of people in Ireland sometimes had the attitude that we were putting on stuff which was second rate.

"We can hold our heads up here, events in Ireland are as big and as good as anywhere," he insisted last night, absolutely deadpan.

In fairness, you only had to look at last year's guest list to see where he was coming from.

Caprice, Samantha Mumba, Delta Goodrem, Rolling Stone Ron Wood, and Snoop Dogg, all brought their own brands of chutzpah to the proceedings.

"I've hosted the Meteors, I've been to the MTV Awards and we can hold our heads up. We are capable of attracting the big name acts and of holding a major event," he added.

U2, The Corrs, Hal and Bell X1, have been nominated for the Best Irish Band category while Joe Chester, Damien Dempsey and Christy Moore are vying for Best Irish Male singer.

Kielty who is currently on a nationwide tour revealed yesterday that he may be in for another stint as presenter of the television programme 'Celebrity Love Island'.

"It is looking like there is a possibility of somebody paying me a huge amount of money to go and lie on a beach for seven weeks," he said.

"It is a great gig to do, it is quite hard work," he insisted.

About 17 Meteor Music awards will be presented at the ceremony and music fans will be able to vote for their favourite stars or band in six public categories which include: Best Irish DJ, and Best Irish Band. The Hope for 2006 Award - aspirations for the year - will be voted for by 2FM listeners, and the remaining awards will be decided by votes given by representatives of the music industry.

The entrants in the Best Irish Album category include: Dave Couse and the Impossible, 'The World Should Know', and U2 'How to dismantle an Atomic Bomb', while Humanzi and Delorentos are in the running for the Best Irish New Act.

The Best Irish Pop Act has former Westlife star Brian McFadden, Ronan Keating, the Conway sisters, Tabby, Westlife and Zoo as contenders.

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