- 27 May 19
Over 200,000 major concert tickets will be sold to tourists for shows this summer, the promoter has revealed, resulting in 930,000 bed nights, and "a huge boost to the hospitality sector" in Ireland.
On Saturday night last, Irish promoters MCD Productions celebrated the sale of the one millionth ticket to their 2019 schedule of summer open-air concerts.
The ticket, to the Spice Girls Croke Park show, was sold to Dina Macchia from New York, who flew to Dublin for the Spice Girls reunion show. 75,000 fans attended what was a sell-out gig.
“We have a wonderful list of artistes coming to Ireland this summer,” Denis Desmond, Managing Director of MCD Productions said. “All will deliver great shows and ensure those attending will have an enjoyable time.”
Numerous Irish artists feature on the list of acts that are playing major Irish concerts for MCD this year, including Kodaline, Westlife, Hozier, Snow Patrol, The Coronas and Walking On Cars.
International acts playing MCD shows in Ireland over the summer include Bon Jovi, P!nk, Foo Fighters, Fleetwood Mac, Liam Gallagher, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, George Ezra, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Madness, Lauryn Hill, The Killers, Stormzy, Tiesto, Metallica, Lana Del Ray and Post Malone. The MCD programme of events also includes festivals like Longitude, Malahide Castle, Love Sensation, Trinity Summer Series, Vital, Belsonic, Dun Laoghaire Pier etc. Across all of the events, well in excess of one million people will attend MCD Open Air concerts between May and August 2019, which is a record for the promoter.
"This equates to at least one individual from every second household across Ireland attending an MCD concert between May and August alone,” a statement from the promoter said. "Music fans attend 2:1 more shows in Ireland than their UK counterparts, generating over half a billion (€500 million) additional revenue into the Irish economy within this four month period.
"Statistically, 200,000 (20%) approximately of the above tickets will have been sold to overseas tourists,” the promoter revealed, "travelling from 132 countries across the globe, bringing a huge boost to the hospitality sector, resulting in over 930,000 bed-nights, delivering additional employment and securing the 11,331 jobs generated by the live entertainment industry."