A WEEK-LONG carnival to take place this August is the latest ambitious event spearheaded by local businesspeople in a bid to put Waterford’s summer entertainment offerings on a par with Cork and Galway.
Coming hot on the heels of another successful Daytripper at the Gasworks at the weekend, Neil Kelly of Industry Entertainment said that Big Top Live, which will set up home at the Waterside in mid-August, is expected to grow into a two or three-week celebration in the coming years.
“As with everything there are risks but we feel this is a well calculated one. We didn’t want something that was weather dependent. We want something that can bring a festival atmosphere to Waterford which can really benefit the city as a whole.”
The concept involves a 65m/sq circus tent capable of welcoming 3,000 people, which will feature musical acts such as the Happy Mondays, Finbar Furey and international Waterford illusionist Keith Barry for its first outing. Huge acts have also already committed to performing next summer if this year’s event is successful.
The unique week of entertainment is based around the French Circus style tent which will tower over the city from Waterside Car Park from August 19-25.
Big Top Live, similar to the offering at the Marquee in Cork, will add to the city’s standing as a renowned entertainment hub, with a number of local bars and restaurants on board to provide the finest food and drink to those in attendance.
Jim ‘Flash’ Gordon of Revolution Bar and Neil Kelly are spearheading the ambitious plans, with the first acts announced last week.
Flash will be responsible for the outdoor offering at the event, which will see local restaurants including Bodega, Momo, Loko and La Boheme taking a spot in a garden area, and he feels that “Waterford wouldn’t have seen anything of this calibre like this before”.
Finbar Furey will be the first act to take to the tent on Monday, with post-punk rock group the Happy Mondays headlining it on the Saturday, with support from local band Backroad Smokers Club.
Waterford’s international illusionist Keith Barry will present his latest show Brainwashed on the Wednesday evening, while Bingo Loco, which is far from your typical game of Bingo, will bring one of their eagerly awaited XXL events to the city. The 2,000 participants can expect the unexpected, as well as possibly pick up a holiday abroad in the process.
Demand for the aforementioned events was so high that it caused the website to crash and now that this has been rectified, people can snap up their spot in the tent by visiting https://bigtoplive.ie/#info. Further acts will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
The event has been supported by Waterford City and County Council, along with Industry Entertainment, The Kazbar, DLight and Causeway Group.