Sunday 23 November 2014

Honeymoon is over but Kanye West returns to Ireland for Marlay Park gig

Published 02/07/2014 | 21:25

2 Jul 2014; Kanye West performing in Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn.
Kanye West performing in Marlay Park, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn.

Around 20,000 turned out to see Yeezus himself, Kanye West, in Dublin’s Marlay Park this evening.

The American rapper showed the Irish why he’s one of the best selling artists of all time tonight, impressing the throngs with a lively set full of his top hits.

Triplets from Monaghan, Alva, Orlaith and Aoife Boyle (18)
Triplets from Monaghan, Alva, Orlaith and Aoife Boyle (18)

Leaving his wife, reality star Kim Kardashian, at home to spend a day at the office, Kanye stepped on stage at 9.15 to perform to the predominantly teenage crowd at the south Dublin venue.

Wearing a silver mask he opened his show with a rousing rendition of Black Skinhead.

Aoibhinn and Katie Dempsey, Jenny Smith and Anna Moore from Laois at the Kanye West gig
Aoibhinn and Katie Dempsey, Jenny Smith and Anna Moore from Laois at the Kanye West gig

He then led into a thumping version of On Sight.

After the opening two songs he went backstage for a moment, leaving fans temporarily bewildered.

Hip musician Pharrell Williams set the tone for the evening, cranking up the excited atmosphere with his playful tunes Happy, Get Lucky and Marilyn Monroe.

The 41-year-old walked out at exactly 7.30pm, looking trendy in a denim jacket and a beige hat.

He opened with Lose Yourself To Dance, accompanied by backing singers and scantily clad dancers.

He quickly gave a shout out to “all my Irish girls” before breaking into his 2003 hit Frontin' and a string of tracks by other artists that he produced, including Blurred Lines.

Revellers arrived from all over the country to attend the gig.

Eighteen-year-old triplets Ailbhe, Aoife and Orlaith Boyle caught the bus from their native Monaghan to head along to the event.

“We’ve just finished out Leaving Cert, so this is something fun for us to do together before going off to college in September,” Aoife said.

Cousins Aoibhinn Dempsey, Katie Dempsey, Jenny Smith and Anna Moore got the train up from Laois for the festivities, while Lucan pals Tara O'Connell and June Hardiman came with their Swedish friend Linda Mard.

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