Mega live-events company Live Nation announced today that it will postpone the grand opening of its FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine.
Originally scheduled to kick off on Saturday, Aug. 26 with Irvine’s own Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, which also formed in Orange County, the show has been moved to Thursday, Oct. 5.
Aside from the date change, the debut performance will still feature Young the Giant and Cold War Kids. Tickets issued for the original date will be honored for the rescheduled date. However, those who prefer to get a refund for their tickets may do so at point of purchase.
Other previously announced shows – including 95.9/FM’s The Fish Family Night on Friday, Oct. 6 and JACK 93.1/FM’s 12th Show on Saturday, Oct. 7 – are unaffected by the push back and will still go on as scheduled.
“Providing artists and attendees with a premier event experience is paramount to FivePoint Amphitheatre and the venue has chosen to shift the opening to accommodate unforeseen construction needs,” a press release issued Wednesday afternoon explained.
“It was always intended for 2017 to be a shortened season,” a spokesperson for Live Nation added. “In 2018, fans can expect a full season of concerts.”
Since local music fans were instrumental in getting the 12,000-capacity temporary venue unanimously approved by the Irvine City Council back in March via the Save Live Music Irvine campaign, Live Nation continues to see that support from the public through FivePointe Amphitheatre’s various social media platforms.
Since Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre was demolished last October, the new venue is slated to serve as a temporary solution for the lack of an outdoor concert venue while permitting and details for a larger, permanent structure within the Orange County Great Park are being worked out. Currently, FivePoint Amphitheatre will be located at 14800 Chinon in Irvine, next to the Great Park.
Young the Giant, which got its start in Irvine as the Jakes in 2004, has played numerous venues in the area during its rise to fame. Vocalist Sameer Gadhia looked back on some of those smaller shows – including a free gig under a gazebo outside of Heritage Park Community Center – during an interview back in May for a previous article announcing his band as the first to play the new Irvine venue. The group, including guitarists Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, bassist Payam Doostzadeh and drummer Francois Comtois, is a fitting choice to kick off…