4. THE soundtrack
Elton John live at the Marquee, Bruce Springsteen (above) rocking Thomond Park and Bon Jovi headlining Slane . . . what the hell is this – 1989? Some of the year's biggest gigs are oldies, but goodies, with Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Rod Stewart all returning to these shores too.
If you didn't recognise any of those names, don't worry – there's always Rihanna (left), The Script and Girls Aloud.