Marlay Park Is Set To See Around 240,000 Attendees Across Its Gigs This Summer

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Pearl Jam, Green Day, Kings of Leon and Hozier are all set to perform in South Dublin’s Marlay Park across the summer of 2024.

“Ireland absolutely loves music” 

Managing Director of Festival Republic, Melvin Benn, spoke to Nova last week about the upcoming gigs “I do think Ireland has got the greatest number of concerts per capita of anywhere in the world, and it sells tickets better than anywhere in the world.” He says “I think some super analysis from a university will work out why that is, but Ireland loves music. Ireland absolutely loves music,”

“It’s a joy to see so many people coming through the gates. We’ve had the best part of certainly over 200,000 people coming through the gates over the course of this series…and people underestimate the value that brings to the economy,”

Organisers are encouraging attendees to plan and book travel in advance as well as give themselves around three hours of extra time before and after the concert. Public transport is also encouraged as to avoid traffic congestion in and around the Rathfarnham area.

During a press conference held in Marlay House on Friday, Ruairí O Dúlaing, Head of Parks for Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, notes how wonderful it is that many of the artists are opting to return to Marlay Park as a venue. “The likes of your Kings of Leon, the likes of your Green Day, Hozier, have all played here before and its testament to the council and to the gardaí”

It has been 23 years since the first gig in Marlay Park in 2001. Since then the park has seen some of the world’s most popular artists such as Guns n’ Roses, Coldplay, The Weekend and Arctic Monkeys.

When asked about ticket sales, Benn says that “Hozier and Pearl Jam are already sold out. Hozier was the fastest sell out that we have seen here at Marlay Park. The rest of them are also selling well. There are only a couple tickets left now,”

“It’s one of the most beautiful parks we every put concerts on anywhere around the world!”

“I think it’s one of the most beautiful parks we ever put concerts on anywhere around the world!” Benn also notes, “One of the wonderful things is the bands use the house [Marlay House]  as dressing rooms!…They’re coming into this house that was built in 1794 and they’re using it for a concert in 2024,”

Marlay Park will also be the setting for Longitude Festival on the 29th and 30th of June. The 2024 line-up will see award-winning artists such as Doja Cat and Central Cee take to the stage to perform in front of approximately 40,000 attendees.

Listen to Nova’s interview with Melvin Benn here!