Tuesday 17 October 2017

Sexy JT's back to wow the crowds

Justin Timberlake in concert in Phoenix Park
Justin Timberlake in concert in Phoenix Park
Justin Timberlake fans at The Phoenix Park
Jessica Biel in Dublin
Laura Butler

Laura Butler

JUSTIN Timberlake's wife was at the Phoenix Park in Dublin to watch him wow 40,000 revellers in his first Irish performance since 2007.

'Total Recall' star Jessica Biel, who arrived from the Four Seasons Hotel, watched her other half entertain the masses from the VIP section.

Despite a last-minute change in the line-up, the Phoenix Park summer concert series got off to a successful start. Concert-goers travelled from all over the country to enjoy the first of three headline acts over the coming days.

Diehard fans of the Grammy Award winner touched down in the Irish capital as early as 3pm to be first through the gates of the park.

Timberlake started with a lively version of his debut solo track, 'Love You Like I Love You' and it was followed by a rendition of 'My Love' accompanied by a full jazz band.

That flowed into 'Cry Me A River', one of his best-selling songs.

Timberlake thanked his fans with: "It's been far too long since I've seen all of you. I can't tell you all how thrilled I am to be back in Ireland.

"Some of the best energy, music and one of the best beers have come out of here. I love you guys, I can't thank you enough for coming out tonight to Phoenix Park."

There were a number of VIP guests in the crowd, including model Gail Kaneswaran and Today FM presenter Mairead Farrell.

Timberlake and Biel enjoyed a day out in Co Wicklow ahead of the Phoenix Park concert and were spotted having lunch in Avoca Handweavers in Kilmacanoge.

There was one change to the event line-up last night, with British support act Jessie J forced to cancel her performance due to illness. Irish group The Coronas stepped up to fill the slot, alongside 'X Factor' winner James Arthur.

Eager to avoid any reoccurrence of the violence at a Swedish House Mafia gig last July, there was a strong garda presence, with over 200 officers as well as 150 stewards patrolling the area.

Irish Independent

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