Over one million people flocked to the Docklands in Dublin for the four day festival to celebrate the arrival of the international fleet of ships taking part in the 2012 Tall Ships Races. The event, organised by Sail Training International, was extremely popular and visitors were provided with a wealth of entertainment options to choose from including an eclectic mix of live music on the Bulmers Live Music stage at George's Dock. Rock groups Therapy?, Ash, and The Undertones were the highlights of the musical talent on offer with the purpose built music dock filling to its 1000 person capacity despite the rainy conditions on Saturday evening.
Duke Special live on the Bulmers Music Dock during the Tall Ships Festival in Dublin:
Therapy? performed a setlist including classics from their album Troublegum to a large crowd on George's Dock:
The Undertones perform on the Bulmers Live Music Dock during the Tall Ships Festival:
In addition to the live music on offer the annual Kings of Concrete event took place in the Urban Culture Zone to coincide with the Tall Ships Festival. Hanover Quay was an interesting place during the course of the festival weekend with popular modern urban pursuits such as skateboarding, wakeboarding, and parkour entertaining the crowds.
Some of the spectacles from the Battle of the Winds wakeboarding and parkour on display in Hanover Quay:
And of course the ships themselves which were the star attractions as people queued for as long as an hour or more to climb aboard and take a look around!
The Italian Class A Tall Ship, Amerigo Vespucci, arrives in Dublin's Docklands as thousands of people packed the Samuel Beckett Bridge for a vantage point
A view of the Tall Ships docked on the final evening of the Tall Ships Races Festival in Dublin: