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Prepare for the winter of our disco tents

MCD and POD Concerts both now plan to host music shows in large tents in October. It’s a remarkable coincidence that both promoters had the idea of putting a tent in Dublin 8 at the same time. The question is …

Fri, Jul 6, 2007, 09:17

   

MCD and POD Concerts both now plan to host music shows in large tents in October. It’s a remarkable coincidence that both promoters had the idea of putting a tent in Dublin 8 at the same time.

The question is which came first: the POD tent in the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) or the MCD tent in the Phoenix Park?

This move to temporary structures is partly to compensate for the closure of the Point Depot for 18 months from the end of August, as the builders transform the dockside venue into a 15,000-capacity arena. Many alternative capital-city venues can be expected in 2008 as promoters try out various large sheds and unlikely venues for shows.

Both POD and MCD are playing their cards close to their chests about which bands they wish to put under canvas. According to a number of booking agents contacted by On the Record, Arcade Fire, White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, AC/DC, Tiesto, Chemical Brothers and Chic are among the acts the promoters are thought to be considering. A bidding war has already broken out for some of these.

However, a number of details have emerged about Some Days Never End, the week-long music and art festival which POD are seeking to run in the meadows next to IMMA in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

Besides the tent where the live acts would perform, the promoters intend to hold music-related art exhibitions in a second, smaller tent and around the grounds.

For Some Days Never End, POD are working with the Model Arts and Niland Gallery in Sligo on an installation from Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory to the mark the 20th anniversary of the artist’s death. This installation will more than likely feature Warhol’s photo booth series, screen tests, audio samples, films and various printed material.

The promoters are also hoping to feature the Panic Attack! Art in the Punk Years exhibition on punk and post-punk art which is currently running in London’s Barbican. This features the work of 30 artists including Jamie Reid, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Nan Goldin, Derek Jarman and Raymond Pettibon.

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