Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison gig is being recreated on this small island

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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Johnny Money’s iconic gig at Folsom Jail in California. With that in thoughts, Spike Island, a tiny landmass simply off Cork harbour in Eire (that even boasts its personal 200-year previous fortress) is remembering the person in black with a particular recreation of the occasion this month.

Spike Island in Cork seen from above. Picture by Spike Island

Inviting members of the general public to grow to be inmates for the night, Spike Island not too long ago introduced that Johnny Money tribute band Strictly Money will play a particular night on Saturday 30 June, together with Dutch rockabilly band the Black Suspenders as particular visitors. Organising it at Fort Mitchell, a star-shaped stronghold that at one time acted as a jail housing 2300 prisoners, the occasion proved extremely common and bought out inside minutes, with folks throughout Eire scooping up tickets. This led to Spike Island rapidly including two extra dates on the next days, which additionally bought out.

Tribute act Strictly Money will play the occasions. Picture by Spike Island / Strictly Money

“This occasion is exclusive in that members of the general public have not often had the prospect to expertise a live performance in a former jail surroundings. Friends will likely be carried to the jail to be given a quick tour of the island earlier than being escorted to Mitchell Corridor, the place the scene will likely be set to recreate the gig,” Paddy Dunphy of Spike Island informed Lonely Planet Journey Information. Paddy additionally stated that because of the huge response, the jail will certainly be operating comparable occasions, hopefully at an out of doors space to accommodate a lot bigger crowds. “We’re very excited by the potential gigs we could maintain within the close to future,” he stated.

The organisers at Spike Island stated that they plan to host extra concert events sooner or later. Picture by Spike Island

No strangers to Money, in 2008 Eire marked the 40th anniversary of Folsom Jail with one other jailhouse gig at Dublin’s Mountjoy Jail.

Extra data on future occasions at Spike Island is accessible on the official web site.

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