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Who needs tents when you have an Odyssey?

It’s interesting to see that one of the Big Three concert promoters in Ireland are not bothering with tents for their shows this autumn. With the Point closed until early 2009, Aiken Promotions seem intent on putting all their big …

Thu, Sep 6, 2007, 11:11

   

It’s interesting to see that one of the Big Three concert promoters in Ireland are not bothering with tents for their shows this autumn.

With the Point closed until early 2009, Aiken Promotions seem intent on putting all their big shows (like Bruce Springsteen, which sold out in less time that it takes to boil a kettle this morning, Rod Stewart, Meat Loaf and Madness) into Belfast’s Odyssey instead.

It makes sense on a couple of levels. The Odyssey is a fantastic venue, easily the best large-scale multi-configuration shed on the island; people will always travel if they really want to see the show – after all, people from the north have happily came down south over the years to see acts – and it’s further proof that this all-Ireland economy doesn’t just impact on Aer Lingus customers in Shannon.

Lets hope Ian Paisley turns up to thank Bruce in person. And hey, surely the moaning should have begun by now about higher ticket prices because of the sterling?