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Monday 24 July 2017

'Slane was one of the highlights of my career to date - it was euphoric' - Robbie Williams

Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Robbie Williams has said that playing at Slane in 1998 as a supporting act was one of the highlights of his career to date.

The former Take That star performed at Slane Castle in 1998 as a supporting act for The Verve, before headlining the venue just one year later.

While both experiences were "incredible," Williams said that he preferred being "an outsider" at the first concert.

"I went to Slane as sort of an outsider because it was sort of a very cool festival with cool acts," he said at a press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin, today.

Robbie Williams got into the swing of things at Slane Castle in 1999. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Robbie Williams got into the swing of things at Slane Castle in 1999. Photo: Steve Humphreys

"It was new territory for me and the place just went mental and the euphoria I felt was incredible. It was sort of confusion, I was like, 'Me? Really? Okay.'"

"And then I went offstage and I remember the Manic Street Preachers came on and while they came on, people were still chanting my name. That was crap for them but great for me!"

The Rock DJ hitmaker said he'll "always remember" the first concert.

"I'll always remember that. There were 135,000 people there a night for three nights, it was incredible."

The father-of-two returned to Slane Castle just one year later as a headline act to a crowd of 80,000, during which he famously split his trousers and had to change into tracksuit bottoms.

He also played in the Phoenix Park in 2003 to a crowd of 120,000 people as part of the Weekends of Mass Destruction Tour.

"Phoenix Park - that was amazing," he said.

"It went back forever and ever and ever, and then I turned around the corner I just remember there must have been about 20,000 people around the corner that couldn't see me."

Williams announced on Friday that he will be playing at the Aviva Stadium on 17 June 2017.

Tickets for the The Heavy Entertainment Show will go on sale on Friday 11 November at 10am on robbiewilliams.com.

Prices start at €69.50 including booking fee.

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