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It is high time for some speculation, guesswork, rumours and the like about who wil be playing Ireland this summer. You may wonder if we really need summer festivals with the rake of live shows already scheduled for the coming …

Tue, Feb 12, 2008, 09:41

   

It is high time for some speculation, guesswork, rumours and the like about who wil be playing Ireland this summer. You may wonder if we really need summer festivals with the rake of live shows already scheduled for the coming weeks and the weather we had to endure last yeaar. However, we know that concert promoters need to pay for their groceries too and they will do anything to get the quids for that from you.

As regards who is playing where and when, though, it has been quiet, very quiet, for the last few weeks. Yes, we know that there is much happening behind the scenes. Agents are getting a lot of phone love from your favourite promoters. Unlikely outdoor venues are getting the once-over from production staff. Planning permission notices are getting spell-checked. The pages in Old Moore’s Alamanac regarding long-range weather forecasts for May through September are getting a lot of attention.

But there are very few leaks so far which means we need to (a) round up the rumours we’ve heard so far and (b) provide all those On The Record industry and media moles with some space to give us a clue about what they’ve heard. Yes, we’ll show you ours if you show us yours.

What we’ve heard so far:

Neil Young and The Eagles will be playing Ireland in 2008.

The Midlands festival will not be happening this year.

There is a new indie festival in the pipeline for Russborough House, Blessington Co Wicklow in mid-June. It may not make it out of the pipeline, but it is in the works.

We may have to wait another year for Latitude to appear.

There are a couple of more outdoor shows to be announced before Easter for Malahide Castle (including the return of Lovebox), the RDS and one other Dublin city venue which has not been used for an outdoor show before.

Anyone have anything else to add?

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