Young the Giant will open the new FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine

By Kelli Skye Fadroski

Just six months after the demolition of the beloved Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in November, concert promoter Live Nation, in partnership with developer FivePoint Communities, have announced that a temporary amphitheatre will officially open on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Irvine-based rock band Young the Giant and Cold War Kids, who also have O.C. roots, along with New York indie band Joywave will be the first to grace the freshly constructed stage, officially dubbed FivePoint Amphitheatre.

“It feels like a full journey,” Young the Giant frontman Sameer Gadhia said. The band, which includes guitarists Jacob Tilley and Eric Cannata, bassist Payam Doostzadeh and drummer Francois Comtois, served as the support act for No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani at the final two shows at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on Oct. 29 and 30.

“I was just back in Irvine last week sort of reminiscing actually about some of the places we used to play back at home, like Heritage Park Community Center,” he continued. “I think we played, like, a gazebo outside there. We played every random place that you can play in Irvine, so it’s great that we’re finally making a splash by doing this big opening for this new amphitheater. We are all very excited … and so are our families.”

Tickets for the show will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 5, at Livenation.com. In honor of the first show, the first 500 tickets sold will be $20 with the rest ranging from $29.50-$39.50.

On March 14, the Irvine City Council unanimously approved the construction of the temporary 12,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater, which will be located on FivePoint’s property adjacent to the Orange County Great Park. Thousands of music fans lobbied for a new venue by signing the #SaveLiveMusicIrvine petitions and dozens showed up to council meetings to make their voices heard.

“That was a real testament for music lovers and people who love going to live shows,” Bret Gallagher, president of Live Nation Southern California, said of the council approving the new venture. “That was a proud moment and a great moment for live music.”

Though the 2017 concert season at the amphitheater will be an abbreviated one, with dates scheduled on through October, Gallagher said there will be a few surprises and more artists announced in the coming weeks and months and that Live Nation is already looking ahead to 2018.