Tuesday 19 February 2019

Malahide gets ready to rock

Series of five summer gigs kicks off

Swords band Kodaline
Swords band Kodaline

John Manning

Malahide Castle is getting ready to rock with five major concerts staged over a two week period drawing at least 80,000 punters to this most magnificent of concert venues.

Promoters MCD along with Festival Republic, Fingal County Council and gardaí briefed the media on the upcoming concerts which kick off this very evening (Tuesday) with LCD Sound System, supported by Lykke Li.

On Friday, it will be for many people, the highlight of the summer series of gigs when Swords band done good, come home to conquer the stage at Malahide as Kodaline make the short trip across the Swords to Malahide Road to plug in their amps and enjoy a glorious homecoming.

On Saturday, it will be the turn of the part human, part animated character band that is Gorillaz with their unique live show. They will take to the Malahide stage supported by De La Soul, Little Simz and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble in what promised to be a show not to be missed.

Former Oasis front man, Liam Gallagher takes to the stage on Friday, June 15 after the venue has had a few days off form the revelry and that gig is already reported a sell-out by MCD who have capped the capacity for all five gigs at 21,000.

The final concert of the five happens on Saturday, June 16 and nostalgia will be in the air as Nile Rodgers and Chic take to the stage, supported by Soul II Soul and Craig David.

Stephen Peppard, senior official with Fingal County Council said the local authority was delighted to play host to the series of summer gigs at one of its great heritage properties.

He said that the council wanted to help to deliver 'five enjoyable and safe events'. He said it was also a great opportunity for the council to showcase the castle and the beautiful park that surrounds it. He said that in so far as is possible, the parks facilities will remain operational throughout the series of concerts.

Representing the local gardai was Superintendent Gerry Donnelly who laid out the policing priorities for the concerts, saying: 'The primary objective from a policing perspective will be to ensure that people arrive to the venue safely, that they will enjoy the concerts and that they will depart in a safe and orderly manner after having a pleasant and safe evening.

'Malahide is a small village and it's a busy village and it's important that we stress to people coming to the concert that they respect that environment and they respect the residents here and the businesses here.'

All over the concert site at Malahide Castle and Demense there was activity going on to prepare the venue with the stage and tented areas under construction all well in time for the arrival of concert-going punters, tonight.

Ian Donaldson from Festival Republic was delighted with the weather, expressing the hope that it keeps up for the concerts themselves. He said it was 'great weather for site-building' and it was also 'great ticket-buying' weather.

If you are going to any of the concerts this week and next, the message is have a good time and stay safe.

Fingal Independent