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Young the Giant successfully christens the new FivePoint Amphitheatre in its hometown

By in Press Enterprise on October 6, 2017

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

Thursday night was a big deal for Irvine-based indie rock band Young the Giant, as well as for concert promoter Live Nation, Orange County real estate developer FivePoint and the city as a whole.

Last year, after the demolition of the beloved Irvine Meadows, which hosted 36 seasons of live music, Live Nation and FivePoint made a promise to the community that they would fight to keep live music in Irvine. With some quick thinking, the support of thousands of music fans and the blessing of the Irvine City Council, they were able to keep that promise in the form of the temporary 12,000-capacity FivePoint Amphitheatre, erected just outside of the Orange County Great Park.

Irvine’s mayor Don Wagner excitedly took the stage early Thursday evening alongside Live Nation’s Southern California/Las Vegas president Bret Gallagher and FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad, clearly proud of all they had accomplished.

“We are here tonight in an interim facility and we are planning a much bigger, much greater facility,” he said. “Live music is going to stay in Irvine.”

  • Young the Giant performs during opening night at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Fans sing along as Young the Giant performs during opening night at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

    Fans sing along as Young the Giant performs during opening night at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

  • Sir Sly performs during opening night at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine on Thursday, October 5, 2017. (Photo by Matt Masin, Orange County Register, SCNG)

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