Wednesday 20 September 2017

Let them entertain you: stars to get fans singing in the rain

50,000 Bon Jovi fans are expected to descend on Slane Castle tomorrow
50,000 Bon Jovi fans are expected to descend on Slane Castle tomorrow
Robbie Williams takes to the stage at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this evening

Sam Griffin

NEARLY 130,000 concert-goers are ready for the biggest musical weekend of the summer so far.

But Met Eireann has warned fans to opt for rain coats and umbrellas over sun cream and sunglasses, with showery conditions predicted across the country and temperatures struggling to reach beyond the low teens for much of the weekend.

First up is Robbie Williams, who takes to the stage at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this evening.

Traffic restrictions will be in place around the stadium from as early as 3pm. The good news is that showers, predicted for most of the weekend, may have subsided by the time the former Take That star takes to the stage.

A capacity crowd of 55,000 people is expected for the show, with support from Olly Murs, and there will be no parking available at the venue.

"The concert is served by Luas, DART and bus services and we encourage all those going to the Aviva Stadium to avail of the use of public transport both to and from the concert," an AA spokesperson said.

Similar restrictions will be in place tomorrow for the Neil Young concert at the nearby RDS, where gates open at 4pm. Up to 25,000 fans are set to see the Canadian legend in a line-up which also includes the Waterboys and Los Lobos.

Elsewhere tomorrow, more than 50,000 Bon Jovi fans are expected to descend on Slane Castle in Co Meath.

Fans will have to do without the talents of guitarist Richie Sambora, who continues his row with the other band members after quitting the world tour two months ago.

Met Eireann is warning showery spells could ease but there will be strong winds.

TICKETS

For those travelling from Dublin, tickets for Dublin Bus, which depart from Parnell Square, are available from Ticketmaster and cost €20 if bought today or €25 tomorrow. Marathon Coach has an hourly service from Custom House Quay at the same prices.

In Cork, Little Mix entertains at the Marquee tonight while The Wanted perform on Sunday. Spokesperson for the events, Sinead O'Doherty, advised patrons to follow signage and use official car parks.

In a special rock 'n' roll edition, Monday's Irish Independent features Vicki Notaro writing on all the colour from Slane as well as a full review of the gig; John Meagher reviews Robbie Williams's show; and Ed Power reports on music legend Neil Young's concert.

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