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Leonard Cohen to play Dublin in June

Leonard Cohen is set to play an outdoor seated show in Dublin in June. The venue for Cohen’s first Irish show in two decades is believed to be the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham. Last week, POD Concerts applied to Dublin …

Fri, Feb 22, 2008, 08:23

   

Leonard Cohen is set to play an outdoor seated show in Dublin in June.

The venue for Cohen’s first Irish show in two decades is believed to be the Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.

Last week, POD Concerts applied to Dublin City Council for planning permission to hold live shows at this location between June 13th and 20th, with “up to 12,000 people” expected to attend.

POD Concerts held the Some Days Never End festival, featuring Kila, The Frames, Pet Shop Boys and others, at the same venue last autumn.

Iggy & The Stooges are playing at the same venue on June 16, with support from The Kills and Stiff Little Fingers.

When contacted by The Ticket to confirm details of acts scheduled to be playing this series of shows at the Royal Hospital, a spokesman for POD Concerts declined to comment.

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Cohen’s last Irish concerts were in June 1988 when he played two shows at Dublin’s National Stadium.

The hugely influential 73 year old Canadian singer-songwriter is due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 10 in New York.

Cohen is expected to announce a full US, Canadian and European tour, his first in 15 years, in the coming weeks

He has already been confirmed for this summer’s Glastonbury and Benicassim festivals and is also expected to play a run of shows at London’s O2 Arena.

Cohen is believed to be working a new album, the follow-up to 2004’s “Dear Heather”, which may be released later this year.

Last June, in an interview with HARP magazine, Cohen admitted he had “an itch” to tour again. “I haven’t been out since ’93. The years went by and I thought ‘I’ll never go out again.’ But every so often you do have that itch.

“The actual concerts are always compelling. If you’ve got good musicians, and you’re playing, and people know the songs, and they want to hear them live, it is a wonderful thing. And so I’m drawn to that.”