Friday 24 February 2017

Beyoncé: Everything you need to know about the Croke Park gig

Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 7, 2016 shows Beyonce and Chris Martin as they perform during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
Streaming site Tidal has soared in popularity since Beyonce released her latest album through the service as an exclusive, although she made it available on iTunes as well on April 25, 2016. The pop superstar late Saturday released her sixth album,
(FILES) This file photo taken on February 7, 2016 shows Beyonce and Chris Martin as they perform during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Streaming site Tidal has soared in popularity since Beyonce released her latest album through the service as an exclusive, although she made it available on iTunes as well on April 25, 2016. The pop superstar late Saturday released her sixth album, "Lemonade," which was accompanied by a film broadcast on HBO but whose album was initially only accessible to subscribers of Tidal. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Let’s get in Formation.

Beyoncé’s long-awaited Dublin arrival is nearly upon us.

The Single Ladies singer has secured the third and final gig in Croker for 2016 – and it’s set to be a night to remember.

If you’re heading along to see Queen Bey, here’s everything you need to know:

Don't waste your time queueing...

Queuing prior to the gates opening is not permitted, so don’t waste time arriving unnecessarily early.

The gates to Croke Park will open at 5:30pm, with the supporting act set to start at 7:30pm.

Concert-goers are advised to be in their seats by 8:15pm before Bey comes on stage.

The gig won’t go on later till 11pm, with additional travel services in place for the journey home.

Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
Singer Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on February 3, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

Remember... No iPads

Strict security checks will be in operation for the concert.

The following items will not be permitted: umbrellas, garden furniture or seats, food, banners or flags larger than A4, laser pointers, glowsticks, flashlights, inflatable balls or balloons, weapons, fireworks, glass or cans, alcohol, studs and spikes, shooting sticks, selfie sticks, cameras with more than a one inch lens, video cameras, iPads and audio recording devices.

Garda enforcement will be in place surrounding the stadium, which is a residential area. Fans are requested to respect residents and follow instructions provided by Gardai.

Tag-a-kid wristbands...

Under 14’s will not be allowed on the pitch, accompanied or unaccompanied. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.

There are no measures in place to facilitate small children, so it might be best to leave the little ones at home. However, if you are bringing a child, tag-a-kid wristbands will be available at customer care points around the stadium.

Think twice about bringing your car....

Heading to the concert by public transport (or on foot, if you can) will probably be your best bet to avoid being stuck in traffic or looking for parking.

There will be extra DART services to Greystones, Howth and Maynooth after the concert, while there will be extra intercity services to Galway and Cork. To find out departure times, visit www.irishrail.ie.

Dublin Bus routes and the Luas will operate as normal.

Select Park Rite car parks will offer €5 parking for concert goers. Just bring your ticket to the car park office to avail of the offer. See a full list of car parks on www.garda.ie.

Where's my seat?

There will be a colour-coded ticket system in place for entry, which is as follows:

Hogan Stand via Jones Road and Russell Street – Blue Route

Cusack Stand via St James Avenue and Foster Terrace – Red Route

Davin Stand via St Margaret’s Terrace – Yellow Route

Pitch via St James Avenue and Foster Terrace – Red Route

Beyhive via St James Avenue – Red Route

Gold Circle 1 - Red Route

Gold Circle 2 – Green Route

See a map here.

And most importantly…

Don’t forget your ticket. Enjoy!

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