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Tuesday 22 July 2014

Rugby stars have a ball with 40,000 revellers at final Phoenix Park gig

Laura Butler

Published 15/07/2013|04:00

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Mumford & Sons perform to an ecstatic crowd in the Phoenix Park, Dublin

NEWLYWEDS Jonathan Sexton and wife Laura Priestley continued their wedding celebrations at the Phoenix Park summer concert series closer.

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The Ireland rugby international and his other half were joined by Rob Kearney, Sean O'Brien and Jamie Heaslip to enjoy the Mumford & Sons gig in Dublin last night.

And they weren't the only well known faces at the event.

Hollywood actress Carey Mulligan, wife of Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, was also watching on from the VIP area of the sold- out concert.

Mumford & Sons rounded out the three-day music extravaganza as last night's headliner.


With the sunny weather continuing, over 40,000 revellers poured through the gates of the Phoenix Park when they opened at 3pm.

Special guests Ben Howard, The Vaccines, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros and Irish group Ham Sandwich helped to warm up the crowds and the atmosphere was electric as they walked out onto the stage at 9pm.

Flying in for their biggest tour date here so far, the alternative folk act was given a warm reception and immediately got the audience swaying.

The band postponed several dates of their US tour last month, after their bassist, Ted Dwane, was hospitalised.

The 28-year-old underwent emergency surgery for a blood clot on his brain.

He returned to play with them at the UK's Glastonbury Festival two weeks ago and was also on stage last night.

Grammy award winner Justin Timberlake set the bar high when he put on an exciting 90-minute set last Wednesday, but fans were far from disappointed when the weekend line-up took to the stage.

American four-piece The Killers offered a high tempo performance as the headline act on Saturday and belted out hit tracks such as 'Mr Brightside' and 'Somebody Told Me' during their two-and-a-half hour show.

Concert promoters MCD put a strict security plan in place for the gigs in order to avoid any re-occurrence of last year's violent Swedish House Mafia gig, where six people were stabbed.

Organisers told the Irish Independent that the strong presence of both gardai and official stewards enabled ticket holders to enjoy the event with minimal anti-social behaviour.

As well as traffic restrictions in the local area and a ban on private parking in the Phoenix Park, ticket holders were subjected to bag checks upon entry and over 350 officers were stationed at the main stage and at the perimeter of the grounds at all times.

Irish Independent

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