Despite the cut-throat nature of live music promotion, there has never been any shortage of talented individuals willing to do a turn. The Sunday Business Post profiles Shane Harnett and Shane Madden, the Dublin entrepreneurs behind Summer Blowout, a day-long festival taking place next week at the 10,000-capacity Donnybrook stadium.
Congratulations to Noone Casey client Rodrigo y Gabriela who played The White House in Washington DC last night (Wednesday 19th May) for the President and Mrs. Obama; and their guests the Mexican President Felipe Hinojosa and the First Lady of Mexico Margarita Zavala.
Bad Romance indeed. A Galway-based concert promoter has taken a six-figure settlement from an American management company over a series of cancelled Lady Gaga gigs in Dublin and Belfast. Irish company Grooveyard had advertised concerts by the eccentric New York pop diva for the O2 on 18 October and Belfast’s Odyssey Arena on 14 October as part of her “Konvict Tour”.
The Sunday papers were uncertain about the possibility of a royal visit to the Four Courts this week. The Sunday Times suggested that diminutive rock star Prince could be on hand to fight an action by concert promoter, MCD, over his failure to turn out for a gig in Croke Park two years ago. But the Sunday Business Post indicated that he might defend his case by video link.