NEARLY 11,000 music fans flocked to Live at The Docklands, bringing a cash bonanza for Limerick businesses on a weekend which traditionaly sees an exodus from the city.
A very happy Valerie Dolan told the Limerick Post that she hopes to bring the marquee back to the unusual setting again next year.
‘We were delighted with how the weekend went,” said Valerie. “Everyone loved the setting. We had to build the venue from scratch but we couldn’t have wished for it to go any better.
“And what’s being said downtown is that everyone did well out of it because we had people coming to Limerick on a weekend that is traditionally quiet because people go to Kilkee or other holiday spots.”
Valerie said that fans came from all over “and it was a great way to showcase the city.”
Even torrential rain on Saturday and a delayed start due to high winds on Sunday didn’t put a damper on the events, which saw Madness, Jenny Greene and the Coronas take the stage.
“Our staff were fantastic. We didn’t know until 7pm on Sunday if the gig could go ahead but they weren’t one bit put out. The audiences were in great form. We even had the ship’s crews bringing us up to the minute weather reports.” said Valerie.
Dolans will be celebrating 25 years in business next year and already a series of gigs and musical events are planned but they are hoping that the marque can be secured for another weekend.
“All the band loved the venue which is important because we want to attract more musical big names to Limerick. And it was an amazing finale to wind up with an Irish band.”