Live at The Marquee
Cork's Live at The Marquee made its debut back in 2005 at the Cork Showgrounds. It ran for two weeks from the end of June to the start of July. The idea behind Live at The Marquee was Cork was part of European Capital of Culture. Beach Boy Brian Wilson Launched the event and this was also his first ever appearance in Cork, which made it all the better. Along with Beach Boy Brian Wilson there was many other artist and performers at the marquee such as Van Morrison, Mc Fly, Christy Moore and Tommy Tiernan. Each act was a standout to themselves and to everyone who attended.
As it was such a success they organizers decided to run the event again in 2006, running for 2 weeks again with many artists booked in to perform such as Kanye West, Bob Dylan and Des Bishop. These were all huge names to have on board, and they all brought excited fans to the area.
In 2007 Live at The Marquee had a new home - THE DOCKLANDS - what a venue to move to located beside the river Lee and just a stones throw outside the city center. To kick off the venue with a bang, they had acts for everyone such as, Elton John, Cascada, 50 cent, Lionel Richie. These acts defiantly had the marquee rocking.
Down through the years the organizers of Live at The Marquee really have pulled out all the stops to bring big names to Cork.
Acts throughout the Years...
In 2008 we had the likes of Jay-Z, Dolly Parton, Shayne Ward and Pink.
In 2009 Lady Gaga, Boyzone, The Prodigy and Ne-Yo made an appearance.
In 2010 Chris Brown, Jls, The Cranberries, Snoop Dog and Westlife rocked the roof. Also in 2010 they extend the event to nearly two months as more and more acts got involved.
In 2011 the first acts were announced in November 2010 a first for The Marquee. Christy Moore, Bob Dylan and Imelda May to name a few of many many acts announced on the run up to The Marquee.
In 2012 Jessie J, Olly Murs and The Coronas put on a performance. The Marquee also had the UEFA Euro 2012 Irish matches on, which was great for people who wanted to mingle and socialize with friends.
In 2013 we had the likes of Little Mix, Kesha, Passenger, The National and Bell X1 to name a few.
In 2014 Tom Jones, Mario Rosenstock and Lana Del Ray joined us at the Marquee.
In 2015 Nathan Carter, Van Morrison and Damien Rice were one of the many acts performing.
In 2016 The Pixies, Foals, Olly Murs and Imelda May had the Marquee bouncing.
In 2017 we had Picture This, Walking on Cars and Gavin James at The Marquee.
In 2018 Kodaline, The Script and The Coronas joined us at The Marquee.
In 2019 Jenny Greene and The RTE Concert Orchestra, Nathan Carter and David Gray to name a few of the many acts performing at the Marquee.
Live at The Marquee 2020!
Live at The Marquee 2020 is just around the corner, with many acts announced so far such as Tom Jones, Des Bishop, Christy Moore and The Coronas.
2020 could also be the final year of Live at The Marquee, as the site was sold back in 2018 there is uncertainty about where they will move to. The new owners of the site plan to start developments at the end of the summer. So the question is where will they go or will they just end the long running event. It would be sad day if they were to announce the ending of Live at The Marquee as it has brought amazing acts to Cork throughout the years and lets not forget all the revenue it has brought to the city. We have a lot of thanks to give to Aiken Promotion for all the business they have brought and the amazing event they have put on throughout the years.