New Live Venue in the heart of Cork City

On July 19th, The Venue, 16 Hanover Street was delighted to officially announce that Cork City is about to get a brand new music venue, filling a gap in the market for concerts that will attract a standing capacity of 600 or a fully seated audience of 400.

Concerts are due to be staged at The Venue as early as September of this year and work is already well underway on design and fit out. The Venue will be part of a new integrated ‘Hanover Quarter’ being created by Paul Montgomery, the owner of Rearden’s in the City.

It will sit alongside an existing Sports Bar and what will become a new Tequila Bar on the site of the old Glass factory. The Venue will bear comparison to Vicar Street in Dublin and will be dedicated to music with its own full in-house production set up.

It is being managed and programmed by Shane O’Driscoll’s Easy Street Entertainment who have made a huge success of doing similar at Centre Stage in Naas, The Landmark Centre in Carrick On Shannon and also hold long-term operational and booking contracts with the INEC in Killarney and have a huge network of contacts within the Irish and international music business.

“We have entered into this with a view to creating something special for Cork,” O’Driscoll told Entertainment for Business.

“There are multiple small venues and then the Opera House but we know from our own experience, due diligence and from the way the music business is developing that a mid-size venue such as we are creating has real appeal.”

“Building from the ground up means we can focus on getting the right experience for the audience and also for the acts themselves, something that is often difficult in venues that double up as something else.”

“Our long-term goal is to develop into a 1,000 capacity venue but we will build up to that for the first months with a programme that we know will be popular based on what we have in place now.”

“Bands like The Riptide Movement, Hothouse Flowers, Coolio, Arrested Development and The Beat are among a long list of acts already confirmed and we will be announcing the first series of dates next week with tickets on sale through Ticketmaster.”

“We are looking at a programme of around four concerts a month, and will also host smaller more intimate events where we will foster local talent to help them find their feet and gain experience in a best in class live music venue.”

“This is an exciting part of what we are creating around what will become ‘Hanover Quarter’,” added the man behind the overall project Paul Montgomery.

“We’ve seen the appeal that live music has through another successful run of Live at the Marquee and the people of Cork deserve to have the kind of year round facility that will bring acts to the City and develop our already rich musical and entertainment heritage.”

To view the epic line up for 2018 at The Venue, just click here