Monday 10 December 2018

More new acts announced for Live at the Marquee

Jack Johnson is among the latest acts to join the 2018 Live at the Marquee line-up
Jack Johnson is among the latest acts to join the 2018 Live at the Marquee line-up
Gavin James is among the latest acts to join the 2018 Live at the Marquee line-up

Bill Browne

The already impressive line-up for this summers Live at the Marquee music and comedy festival has been further bolstered by the addition of another four top acts to the bill. 

The man behind the concept, Peter Aiken of Aiken Promotions, was back in Cork to announce the latest four acts set to grace the stage of the distinctive Docklands venue in June and July. 

Now in its 14th year, Live at the Marquee has gone from strength-to- strength, with a veritable 'who's who' of the Irish and global music industry having played the festival since its first outing in 2005. 

This year will be no different, with acts of the calibre of A-Ha, The Script, Don McLean, Alanis Morrisette and Dara O'Briain already unveiled for the event, which will kick-off on Thursday, June 7 with a gig by Irish festival favourites Kodaline. 

Speaking during his visit to Cork Peter Aiken said he was "very excited" to be announcing the latest batch of acts to join the Marquee 2018 line-up. 

They are 'Krautrock' pioneers Kraftwerk and US singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, both of who will be playing Cork for he first time. They will be joined by Irish singer/songwriter Gavin James and Chic (featuring Nile Rogers), both of whom are no strangers to the Marquee having played the festival before. 

"We are very excited to be bringing Kraftwerk and Jack Johnson to Cork for the first time, particularly as these will be their only Irish concerts this summer," said Mr Aiken. 

He said that Jack Johnson's Cork date will be the first time he has played in Ireland since 2006 and that Kraftwerk's show would be "something special" for fans of the ground-breaking German electronic band.  "The Kraftwerk concert will be a big 3-D show, with everyone being given 3-D glasses when they arrive. Big screens, big lights - its going to be incredible," said Mr Aiken. 

"As we've seen in the past, Cork audiences are huge fans of Gavin James and Nile Rogers too,  so we are absolutely delighted to have the four of them to announce today," he added. 

Tickets for the Jack Johnson and Kraftwerk concerts went on sale this morning (Thursday), for Gavin James and Chic featuring Nile Rogers going on sale at 9am tomorrow. 

With 19 gigs already announced for Live at the Marquee this year, Mr Aiken hinted there may be more joining the line-up over the coming weeks. 

"We are hopefully looking at doing a total of 21 shows in Cork this summer," he said. 

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