That’s not the Point

That’s not the Point
December 2008
The College View
By Cian Ginty

Originally built 130 years ago by the Midland and Great Western Railway Company, the Point Depot has been a slightly modified railway shed until now.

The revamped Point, under the sponsored name ‘The O2’, will open next week with the 2008 Childline Concert.

Little more than the quayside facade of the old building has been retained. It is now a purposed-built music venue capable of holding up to 14,000 people – far from a converted rail shed.

The Irish Times recently quoted promoter Harry Crosbie saying: “It’s going to be a world-class rock venue and the biggest people magnet in Ireland.”

And it’s not just the venue that is changing, the surrounding area – both the Point Village and the wider Docklands – is continuing to be developed from an industrial wasteland to an area people live and work in. Although, the main benefit to most concert-goers will be the extended Luas red line from Connolly Stattion to the Point – the line is currently under construction and due to be finished before the end of 2009.

Kings of Leon and Coldplay are to play sold-out gigs shortly this month. Meanwhile Keane, the Pussycat Dolls, Judas Priest, Megadeth, Kaiser Chiefs, The Killers, and Snow Patrol are all to play within the first two months of the new year.

Last week, it was also announced Bob Dylan is to play in May. And just to prove some people still have money – tickets for AC/DC are €68 a pop, and two nights of Tina Turner (at between €91 and €156), and both sold out.

Dying for sold out AC/DC tickets? Well, in the unlikely event you’re a student with way too much money to burn, joining the Premium Club will give the option to buy tickets to sold out shows. “Why not register?” the club’s website asks, and at a mere €1,500 per person per year, why not?

Or if you’re really starting a bonfire with your money, you could go for the membership of the VIP Club with “12 complimentary tickets, guaranteed availability of four tickets for every event, reserved premium seating and VIP Club laminates for every event” and “luxurious VIP Club Lounge.” At just €10,000 per year, it is surely a bargain.

On the more realistic scale for most, you could switch to O2. Their mobile phone customers are set to have access to 10-15% of tickets up to 48 hours before general release. These tickets will give quick admission to the venue and exclusive use of two bars inside.

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