A 'Blooming' good day out to raise funds for Festival
IN A bid to raise funds for street entertainment at this year's 50th anniversary Rose of Tralee local businesses and publicans have teamed up to organise a day-long rock concert to take place on the Whit Bank holiday weekend.
Eight bands, on two stages will play in Tralee Square on Whit Bank Holiday Sunday, May 31, as part of a major drive to fund the street entertainment for this year's festival.
Details of the ' Bloom' concert were announced by the Festival of Kerry Support Group on Tuesday.
Tommy Fleming, The Coronas, Jack L, Mick Flannery, John Spillane, Brush Shiels, Deeper Well, and the winners of the KDYS Battle of the Bands competition for 2009 will perform at the event, which will run from 4pm until late on Sunday May 31.
The event will be a fully serviced open-air concert with full security and event management teams in place. Access to the Square and Abbeycourt areas will be for ticket holders only for the duration of the concert.
Event co-ordinator with the Festival of Kerry Support Group Bryan Carr said he has high hopes for the event.
"Anyone who has experienced the enjoyment of the 'Back to Basics' gigs in the Square, during the last two Rose of Tralee Festivals, will know that this will be a wonderful concert."
"The support group must raise over €120,000 this year to present the street entertainment for the Festival. It will be an event that will have something for all ages but more importantly, it needs the support of the public so that we can afford to bring in more top quality entertainment in August when the Rose of Tralee celebrates 50 Years," he said.
Mr Carr said that all businesses in the Square had been fully consulted about the concert and had responded "very positively." He added that any impact on trade for shops in the sealed off area should be minimal as the concert takes place on a bank holiday Sunday and the Square will only be sealed for three hours during normal trading time.
Tickets for the 'Bloom' concert, costing €37.50 are available from Roxy Records outlets in Tralee, Killarney, Limerick and Cork or online from www.bloomtralee.ie. The exact number of tickets has not been announced but organisers said capacity is limited.
The Bloom concert has been organised with the backing of Tralee Vintners association, traders representative groups and Holiday Tralee.