Irvine to Work With Live Nation to Find Permanent Site for Amphitheater in Great Park

IRVINE, Calif.—The City of Irvine will be contracting with performance place operator Live Nation to discover an location inside the Great Park to develop a long-term amphitheater, after authorizing the matter throughout an April 26 council conference.

Currently, the city hasactually been utilizing the FivePoint Amphitheatre, a momentary area south of the Great Park giventhat 2016, after the Irvine Meadows amphitheater off Irvine Center Drive was closed for demolition.

The city council’s consentaneous vote will provide Live Nation 210 days to work with the city to discover a 20-acre location to fit the prepared amphitheater.

Live Nation is likewise paying the city $30,000 for “consultants, lawyers, engineers, and other 3rd celebration services carriedout to accommodate the City’s obligations under the contract,” according to an April 26 city file (pdf).

The logo of Live Nation Entertainment
The logodesign and trading details for Live Nation Entertainment is showed on a screen on the flooring at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, on May 3,2019 (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)

One of the primary issues for the task is sound coming from live music efficiencies.

Vice Mayor Anthony Kuo stated he hasactually heard sound from the existing FivePoint Amphitheater regardlessof living about 5 miles away, and there haveactually been grievances coming from “residents who really wear’t live close by.”

Kuo stated he thinks the sounds of especially loud shows have “traveled along passages, such as the San Diego Creek Channel or Irvine Center Drive, or through the Quail Hill open area.”

Also, noise can bounce from the metal bleachers at the short-lived amphitheater, Kuo stated, keepinginmind that the future irreversible website will usage sound-absorbing product.

As to why the city council picked to work with Live Nation—which arranged the AstroWorld Festival in Houston, Texas, which left 10 individuals dead and hundreds hurt in November 2021—Kuo stressed the business’s history of operating in Irvine consideringthat the 1980s.

Police block an entrance to NRG Park the morning after a deadly crush of fans in Houston
The primary phase of NRG Park is seen the earlymorning after a lethal crush of fans took location throughout an Astroworld Festival efficiency by rapartist Travis Scott in Houston, Texas, on Nov. 6, 2021, in a still image from video. (KPRC/Click2Houston.Com through Reuters)

“As long as there’s been a live music amphitheater in Irvine, Live Nation hasactually been the operator,” Kuo stated.

In addition, alternatives were restricted, he stated, consideringthat there were just a coupleof companies with significant experience in handling massive locations and linking with entertainers.

“[Live Nation] is the enduring operator of these locations,” Kuo stated. “My understanding is that there aren’t a lot of clothing that have the connections to the skill. I believe there are possibly 2 or 3 groups that do this. And so for no other factor, then they’ve been the ones doing it, they understand the market, and they understand the skill.”

Drew Van Voorhis


Drew Van Voorhis is a California-based day-to-day news pressreporter for The Epoch Times. He hasactually been a reporter for 6 years, throughout which time he has damaged numerous viral nationwide news stories and hasactually been talkedto for his work on both radio and web programs.

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