Friday 18 August 2017

'I think half the village will turn out!' - Slane band Otherkin on playing support to Guns N' Roses in their hometown

Otherkin. PIC: Otherkin Instagram
Otherkin. PIC: Otherkin Instagram
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A local Irish band will be warming up the crowd for Guns N' Roses at Slane this weekend.

Grunge pop band Otherkin will open the show at 3.30pm to an estimated 10,000 people before Mark Lanegan, Royal Blood and then the headliners take to the stage to a crowd of 83,000.

Guns N' Roses fans at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath.
Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses fans at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses fans at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses fans make their way to the pit in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses takes a picture of at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Fans in the pit at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Mary McGeoghan and Polina Duginova Dundalk at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Tamara Conyngham (centre) with friends in the castle courtyard at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Michelle Ruske and Frances Ruske from Longford at the at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Suzanne Tierney and Collette Byrne Skyrne at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Fans in the pit at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Dawn Hagan Louise Smith and Claire Bailly from Newtownards at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Nicola Lowey and Exter Barnes from Belfast at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Shauna Moran, Sharon Tyndal from Dublin and Caoimhe Tyndal from Swords at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Elouise Kennedy Anita McDonnell from Wexford at the Guns N' Roses gig at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Otherkin on stage at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Otherkin on stage at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Otherkin on stage at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Blood Royal on stage at the Guns N' Roses gig at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
A new bottle of Slane Whiskey makes it for the Guns N' Roses gig at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Royal Blood on stage at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Fans in the pit at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Royal Blood on stage at the Guns N' Roses gig at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Royal Blood on stage at the at the Guns N' Roses gig at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Royal Blood on stage at the Guns N' Roses concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey

Frontman Luke Reilly was "born and bred" in Slane and says the annual concert was a "big part of my musical upbringing" although he admits he was only one when Guns N Roses first played Slane in 1992.

"It's going to be huge to be honest," he told RTE One's Morning Ireland, "It's obviously one of the biggest gigs we've done.  It's kind of surreal in a way."

He added, "I guess the bookies felt we were an appropriate fit for Guns N' Roses.  We've kind of been building up a profile in Ireland for the past two years and they probably thought it was the right match.

"We're keen to get out there and show people who we are."

Many of those in the crowd will already know who they are as they'll be locals.

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"I think half the village will turn out to be honest, which they would do anyway because it's that kind of event that people from the community will come out for.  I'm sure we'll see a few familiar faces in the front row alright!" he said.

Luke will be joined by fellow band member David Anthony, Conor Andrew Wynne and Rob Summons, all of whom are big Guns N' Roses fans.

"I've been a big fan for many years so I'm keen to check out their show and see what they do," said Luke.

Luke believes Otherkin may be the very first band from Slane to play Slane.

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"It's an unusual honour I suppose," he said, "It's pretty cool."

Otherkin's debut album releases later this year so the band are thrilled to have the exposure at one of the biggest concerts of the year.

"The plan for us is just to kind of divert as many ears as possible to Otherkin so that's why we see something like this as a great opportunity.  And if it's 10,000 people all the better - that's 10,000 people who could potentially become a fan."

This will be the first time Guns N' Roses have taken to the stage at Slane in 25 years, following their debut in County Meath back in 1992.

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