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Get an inside look at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine before it opens Oct. 5

By in Press Enterprise on September 27, 2017

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

Orange County-based developer FivePoint and Los Angeles-based live events producer Live Nation have made good on their promise to keep live music in Irvine as the new FivePoint Amphitheatre will officially open on Thursday, Oct. 5 with performances by Irvine’s own Young the Giant and Southern California natives, Cold War Kids.

Though certainly nothing can replace the legacy and memories locals have of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre – which was demolished after 36 years of performances immediately following two evenings with Gwen Stefani, Young the Giant and Save Ferris in October 2016 – FivePoint and Live Nation made it a priority to continue live music in Irvine and with the approval of the Irvine City Council constructed a 12,000-capacity venue which borders Irvine’s Great Park.

“We took the spirit, the vibe (of Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre) and took it across the 5 freeway,” Bret Gallagher, president of Live Nation Southern California said during a tour of the still under construction FivePoint Amphitheatre on Tuesday afternoon.

As music fans walk into FivePoint Amphitheatre for the first time, they’ll pass under a familiar archway, one that Live Nation salvaged from Irvine Meadows, which will be cleaned and reskinned for the new venue, but will serve as the connection from the past to the future.

  • A worker prepares the stage at the new FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017. FivePoint will have its grand opening on Oct. 5 with Young the Giant and Cold War Kids performing. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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