FivePoint Amphitheatre opens
The three-day debut of the new FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine was a celebration of community, diversity and culture in the city.
Kedric Francis | October 15, 2017
An enthusiastic opening night crowd gathered at FivePoint Amphitheatre on Oct. 5 to cheer at a concert in Irvine, less than a year after Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre hosted its final show.
“Live music is back here in Irvine, as promised,” said Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner in opening remarks on the first night. “We are here tonight in an interim facility. We are planning a much bigger, much greater facility—live music is going to stay in Irvine!”
FivePoint Amphitheatre is located near the Irvine Train Station and adjacent to Orange County Great Park and is meant to be a temporary replacement for Irvine Meadows. The venue hosted three concerts drawing some 25,000 music fans during the debut weekend. Opening night featured Young the Giant, a band born in Irvine.
The interim FivePoint Amphitheatre is meant to keep live music in Irvine as discussions between the city and Live Nation regarding the possibility of a permanent amphitheater in the Great Park move forward. Next summer’s full schedule of concerts at the venue will be the first of three such seasons.
Bret Gallagher, president of Southern California Live Nation, introduced Mayor Wagner, OC Supervisor Todd Spitzer, and Emile Haddad, chairman and CEO of FivePoint, each of whom spoke to the early-arriving crowd.
“We couldn’t be prouder of this facility tonight, because it’s a symbol of people coming together,” Haddad said. “Here, strangers share the lyrics of a favorite song, and friendships can be made for life. Tonight, let’s remind the world that we in Irvine might be diverse as individuals, but we are united as a community.”