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Power eyes future for Feis after first success

7 February 2019

VINCE POWER has announced a second Feis in Liverpool following the popularity of the 10,000 capacity inaugural event last year.

The announcement of headliners The Dubliners, The Chieftains and Shane MacGowan of the Pogues represents a recovery in Power’s festival ambitions, which suffered a high-profile setback in 2013, when his Hop Farm Festival (50,000) went into administration, and his attempt to relaunch the event at 10,000 capacity also failed.

Prior to that Power led the team which rejuvenated Reading (now 90,000) in the 1980s, launched Leeds (now 80,000) and ran a series of 30,000-capacity Fleadhs in London’s Finsbury Park from the early 1990s to 2003. 

“I definitely intend to keep the Feis going,” says Power. “We had a great response and I was pleasantly surprised. Liverpool and Ireland have big emotional ties and 2,000 people visited the event from Dublin last year.”

He says the event’s current site, Liverpool Pier Head, is at full capacity. “If we grew we’d have to look at a bigger site but 10,000 is the limit for now.”

Improvements this year include more bars and food concessions. “Because it was a hot day we ran out beer and food, which has never happened in my festival career,” he says. “I’ve addressed those issues now.”

While he’s not considering UK expansion for the event, he says, “I have plans for Irish festivals in the US, but they’re in early conception. The format worked well in the 1990s when I did shows in New York, San Francisco, Boston and Chicago.”

While he won’t reveal sales of the £60 ticket, he says they are well ahead of last year, with more line up announcements to come. 

During the ‘90s and early 2000s, Power’s Mean Fiddler Music Group also promoted concerts and owned London venues such as The Forum (2,350) and Astoria (2,000)

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