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2018 CONCERT SEASON
5 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 11
Slayer with Lamb of God, Testament and Behemoth
7 P.M. FRIDAY, MAY 18
Poison with special guests Cheap Trick
7 P.M. WEDNESDAY, MAY 30
Styx with Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Tesla
6 P.M. FRIDAY, JUNE 15
Slightly Stoopid’s Schools Out For Summer 2018 Tour with Pepper and Stick Figure
7:30 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 16
Chicago and REO Speedwagon with Michael Tolcher
7 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 26
Kevin Hart: The Irresponsible Tour
6:30 P.M. SATURDAY, JUNE 30
KROQ presents Dirty Heads
6:30 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 8
Counting Crows and Live
8 P.M. THURSDAY, JULY 19
7 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 20
Stars Align Tour with Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson of Heart
7 P.M. SUNDAY, JULY 22
Logic Presents: Bobby Tarantino vs. Everybody Tour
7 P.M. FRIDAY, JULY 27
6:30 P.M. TUESDAY, JULY 31
G-EAZY—The Endless Summer Tour
7 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 1
Foreigner: The Juke Box Heroes Tour featuring Whitesnake and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience
7 P.M. SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Godsmack and Shinedown
7 P.M. SUNDAY, AUG. 5
Niall Horan: The Flicker World Tour featuring Maren Morris
6:30 P.M. SATURDAY, AUG. 11
Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, and The Story So Far
7:30 P.M. WEDNESDAY, AUG. 15
Charlie Puth: The Voicenotes Tour featuring Hailee Steinfeld
7 P.M. FRIDAY, AUG. 24
Lady Antebellum with Darius Rucker
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29
Twins of Evil Tour with Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson
7 P.M. SATURDAY, SEPT. 1
Evanesence and Lindsey Stirling
7:30 P.M. SUNDAY, SEPT. 2
8 P.M. ON FRIDAY, SEPT. 14
Good Vibes Tour with Jason Mraz and Brett Dennen
3:30 P.M. SATURDAY, SEPT. 15
Rascal Flatts with Dan + Shay
7 P.M. THURSDAY, SEPT. 27
Deep Purple and Judas Priest
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29
Jason Aldean with Luke Combs, Lauren Alaina and Dee Jay Silver
6 P.M. SUNDAY, SEPT. 30
KROQ presents Rise Against—Mourning in Amerika Tour
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A new era of live music in Irvine
FivePoint Amphitheatre opens for its first full summer season on May 11 in Irvine
Kedric Francis | May 6, 2018
A new era of live music in Orange County gets under way in May, as the FivePoint Amphitheatre hosts its first full season featuring nearly
30 outdoor concerts, after a successful soft opening last October.
The 12,000-seat venue near the Orange County Great Park and the Irvine train station was designed as an interim venue to take the place of Irvine Meadows, which closed after the 2016 season. A larger permanent amphitheatre is proposed as part of the Orange County Great Park.
The amphitheater is operated by Live Nation Entertainment and con- struction was facilitated by FivePoint Holdings, LLC (on behalf of property owner, Heritage Fields El Toro, LLC).
The amphitheater was completed in time for a three-show soft opening
last October, with an opening show featuring Young the Giant, a band with strong roots in Irvine.
For more about the food offerings, amenities and transportation options, here are comments from a conversation with Bret Gallagher, president of Southern California Live Nation.
Tell us a little about the upcoming season at FivePoint Amphitheatre.
We’ve got something for just about everybody. We have Chicago, Counting Crows and Jeff Beck. Our third show is Joan Jett and Styx, a great classic rock show. We have some country: Jason Aldean, Rascal Flatts, and Lady Antebellum. We’re really happy with the lineup.
Do you have any tips on acts we might not know as well?
I’m looking forward to Niall Horan. He’s from the boy band One Direc- tion. This guy has really put together a great career for himself. He’s a young artist, a singer and songwriter. I’m a huge Jason Mraz fan. We all are. Anytime you can see Jason Mraz outside on a beautiful Southern California night, to me that’s really special because he’s a big star.
There were three opening shows at FivePoint Amphitheatre last October. What did you learn from the experience?
It was good to do the test run. We learned that the thirst for live music in Irvine and in Orange County hasn’t dissipated. We were very happy with the support from the fans in Irvine, from the closing of Irvine Meadows to the soft launch of the FivePoint Amphitheatre. The fans turned out. They want to enjoy outdoor live music in Irvine. We learned that if we build it and program it properly, they would come.
What did you find fans like about the new venue?
The ease of moving around, easy parking, and getting in and out quickly, especially compared to Irvine Meadows. We have grass in front of the stage that can be used for general admission or we can put seats there. Both were very well received.
People like sitting in the expansive grassy area behind the grandstand
to enjoy food and drink before the artist comes on. We were impressed with the variety of food and drink. It’s a well-curated selection of restaurants, breweries and even a distillery.
We’ve gone out and sourced locally from various restaurants in Irvine, Orange County, Newport Beach, L.A. and other areas. We’ll have concepts from chefs and tastemakers that include Scott Conant, Shirley Chung, and Chris Oh, who is bringing his Korean concept Hanjip, a winner from Food Truck Wars. There will be lots of different craft beer offerings, and Blinking Owl distillery will be back.
You mentioned getting to and from the shows. What are some alternatives to driving?
You can absolutely take the train. Get off the train and walk directly
into the venue. Our operational guys have done a great job working with Lyft and Uber to make sure that the pick up and drop off is easy. It was last year. It’s a great way to get to and from a show.
We look forward to the upcoming season. Any last thoughts?
We’d like to again thank the city of Irvine, the Irvine City Council
and our good partners at FivePoint for being incredibly supportive. FivePoint had the vision to keep everyone’s live music dreams alive. And the fans—music fans drove this effort to save live music in Irvine. We want to make sure that our fans and our customers have a great experience.