Trinity has reportedly entered a deal with event promoters MCD for the college to become a venue for a series of live shows from next summer onwards. A spokesperson for College has confirmed that all revenue raised by the initiative would “fund the academic needs of the University.”
According to the Irish Times, MCD have been granted permission to host a number of open air shows on campus with a capacity of up to 5,000 people. Alt-J, James Vincent McMorrow and Lorde are among the acts under consideration for up to 10 shows during the 2017 run.
Speaking to Trinity News, a spokesperson for College said: “Trinity College Dublin has a long history of running and hosting events on its campus in association and partnership with other organisations. The Trinity Ball has been run in association with MCD for many years. We are currently exploring other options in conjunction with MCD, including hosting a select number of concerts outside of term time. These plans are for consideration and nothing has been finalised at this point. Should they proceed, the revenue raised by the initiative would go to fund the academic needs of the University.”
MCD, in collaboration with Trinity Ents, organise the annual Trinity Ball which is held on campus every April. Acts that have performed at Trinity Ball in recent years include the Kooks, Basement Jaxx, Walking on Cars, Years and Years, Example and Ellie Goulding.