independent

Monday 21 January 2019

No concerts at castle this year

No music in the pipeline for Malahide

Neil Young attracted 20,000 fans to Malahide Castle last summer.
Neil Young attracted 20,000 fans to Malahide Castle last summer.

ROBIN KIELY

For the first time in three years, no concerts will take place in Malahide Castle this summer, the Fingal Independent can reveal.

Following 11 successful gigs at the picturesque venue and despite Fingal County Council announcing 'four to six summer concerts' had been planned for June and July, it appears the county's music fans are set to miss out.

A council spokesperson verified no concert dates had been booked in to date, with 'none planned' for the summer months. The bad news was confirmed by Aiken Promotions, whose spokesperson said they 'don't have any acts in the pipeline yet for Malahide'. Aiken staged two of the three gigs held last year and are currently in discussions with agents to see what acts could be available in the summer. Some 20,000 fans watched Neil Young at the castle last year, with another 18,500 taking in Eric Clapton, while Radiohead also sold out two dates.

Arctic Monkeys (twice), Bell X1, Pink, Joe Cocker and Al Green, Andrea Bocelli and the music festival Lovebox have all played the venue in recent years.

It's a blow not only to music enthusiasts, but also the local economy, with thousands converging on the town in the last two years. Indeed, Malahide Community Forum had said the 2008 concerts were 'acknowledged generally as having been successful'.

The council themselves are also set to lose out, as all funds generated by the concerts were to be spent on a programme of improvement of the castle and its grounds.

The park's playground facilities were already upgraded as a result of the previous finance received.

Speaking to the Fingal Independent last year, the council's community, recreation and amenities director, Senan Turnbull, was positive over future events being staged.

'We've had two years of concerts and I believe the systems are working very effectively: the management of concerts with the minimal intrusion on the local economy,' Mr Turnbull said.

At the launch of the concerts in January 2008, Mr Turnbull spoke of his department's commitment to hosting events 'over many, many years'.

News