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Boost for music scene

Wednesday, 7th February, 2018 5:26pm

The future is looking a little brighter for live music in Cork, with the announced redevelopment of two of its most loved venues.

The former Pavilion bar and nightclub site on Carey’s Lane is set for a facelift, with the upstairs area to be refurbished as a music venue. The Pavilion, which closed two years ago, was recently occupied on the ground floor by Asian street food chain Ramen, who said on social media that the “beautiful and iconic space” upstairs was going to be kept for gigs and events.

Further details on the project will be confirmed over the coming months.

The ‘Pav’ was named the Munster Live Venue of the Year award in 2010 and has hosted artists such as Franz Ferdinand, Laura Marling, Hozier and Kanye West.

Meanwhile, work has also begun on the vacant building next to Cyprus Avenue on Caroline Street.

The venue, which adjoins the Old Oak bar, is set to be extended over the coming months, with the vacant building on the corner of Caroline Street and Oliver Plunkett Street to be fitted with a café downstairs as well as an extension to the current Cyprus Avenue stage area upstairs.

Ger Kiely, owner of the Old Oak and Cyprus Avenue, said planning permission was granted back in 2016 for the project.

He added that the work involved was not significant, and that both the bar and venue would remain open “as much as possible” while renovations were completed over the next couple of months.

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