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Thousands of homes near Croke Park left without power shortly before Beyoncé gig kicks off

Published 09/07/2016 | 19:15

Beyoncé’s global stadium tour lands at Croke Park tonight.
Beyoncé’s global stadium tour lands at Croke Park tonight.
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Beyonce performs during her Formation World Tour at Wembley Stadium in London last Sunday Photo: Daniela Vesco/Invision for Parkwood Entertainment/AP Images

Thousands of homes close to Croke Park were left without power Saturday evening - as fans flocked to the stadium see Beyoncé.

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Over 4,600 homes in Drumcondra experienced a loss of supply due to a power outage which began shortly before 7pm.

According to ESB, crews initially attempted to restore electricity to all affected homes 7.45pm.

However, some 1678 homes were left without power until shortly before 8.30pm.

Beyonce and Jay Z at Wimbledon. Photo: Twitter / BBC
Beyonce and Jay Z at Wimbledon. Photo: Twitter / BBC

It is as yet unclear if the power fault hampered any preparations for the superstar's gig - or if the Croke Park event had an impact on the power to surrounding homes.

The 'Bootylicious' singer (34) is playing tonight in a highly anticipated concert as part of her Formation world tour.

Beyonce's show is so large that the capacity of Croker has been reduced down from 82,500 to 75,000 to allow for the size of the stage.

Gates opened at 5.30pm this evening and fans are expecting to see the star onstage at around 9pm.

Earlier today, Beyoncé and her music mogul husband Jay Z were pictured in Serena Williams' family box at the women's finals in Wimbledon as they watched the US player take on German, Angelique Kerber.

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