Gaza gigs in high demand

by James Hendicott
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Two big charity Gaza fundraising gigs in Dublin have proven to be massive hits in terms of sales in the last week, with the larger of the two having to shift from the 1,500 capacity Vicar Street to a massive 3Arena show.

The Irish Artists for Palestine show, raising money for the charity Medical Aid for Palestinians, sold out in seconds in its original Vicar Street incarnation last week, and has formally moved to the larger venue for 28 November. The line up has a trad and folk feel to it, featuring the hugely critically acclaimed modern trad act Lankum, as well as The Mary Wallopers, Damien Dempsey and Lisa O’Neill, with tickets priced at €56. The tickets are back on sale for the larger venue, with original tickets remaining valid, at the time this paper goes to print.

A second fundraising show, at the more intimate Olympia Theatre, has already sold out, and will take place on the same night. The line up for that show includes the The Saw Doctors, Mary Black, Frances Black, Mary Coughlan and Mundy, and is organised by the same group, but, in this case, with funds going to the Red Cross.

Deaths in Gaza over the past month or so are now close to five figures, with many children amongst the dead. Ireland is widely regarded as an outlier in our country’s sympathetic stance towards Gaza, with Irish artists’ position of support towards the area unlikely to abate anytime soon.

Sales for the shows, if they sell out, would come in at approximately €750,000 gross receipts in total, and the Gazette understands the artists involved will not be taking a fee for their performances.

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