Thursday 21 September 2017

Stone Roses gig won't be a washout

Ken Sweeney Entertainment Editor

THEY may well open their set with hit 'Waterfall' -- and promoters of the historic comeback show by The Stone Roses in the Phoenix Park in Dublin on Thursday have asked the 45,000 fans attending to wear wellies.

However, MCD has also said it has a few secret weapons to keep the ground firm underfoot for the 30 and 40-something music fans expected to witness the Manchester band's resurrection after 16 years.

This comes ahead of two other shows at the park on Saturday and Sunday.

Event organiser Louis Harte said yesterday: "We are in the middle of a beautiful Irish summer, so bear that in mind by wearing wellies. The ground conditions are being tended at the moment, and we are working with the Office of Public Works to ensure the ground conditions are as safe as possible."

A 'Shattermaster', a revolutionary sub-soil turf aerator, and a 'Verti-Drain', designed for improving aeration and water percolation, are among the devices being used to keep surfaces dry.

Justin Green of MCD said yesterday that the three shows, which include one headlined by Swedish House Mafia on Saturday night, and Snow Patrol on Sunday, are estimated to give a €20-€25m "income boost" to the Dublin economy.

With Oxegen "taking a year off", the concerts are seen by some young fans as Punchestown in the Park.

MCD yesterday said they were "single-day events" and promised that Oxegen "would return next year".

Under-16s needed to be accompanied by an adult over 18 to both the Stone Roses and Snow Patrol but dance act Swedish House Mafia is over 17s.

There will be no parking at the Phoenix Park.

A small number of tickets are available for each concert.

Irish Independent

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