Wednesday 16 October 2019

Flashback: Phil Lynott, Rory Gallagher & Bono on stage 35 years ago

Rory Gallagher
Rory Gallagher

It's been 35 years since the Hot Press music festival at Punchestown Racecourse.

On July 18, 1982 Punchestown Racecourse was taken over by some of the biggest names in Irish music. Hot Press, the independent music magazine, was celebrating its 5th birthday with a gig that also aimed to raise much needed funds for the publication.

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Rory Gallagher

Blues superstar Rory Gallagher headlined the festival- he was also the cover star of the magazine's first ever issue. 

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Rory Gallagher

Thin Lizzy's Phil Lynott performed, as well as folk artist Paul Brady. The festival culminated with the two musicians and Gallagher performing together on stage.

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Paul Brady and Phil Lynott during the Hot Press Music Festival at Punchestown Racecourse

Members of U2 also performed, including front man Bono. Six months later they would release War, the album that gained international recognition and started them on their path to global music domination.

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Bono at Punchestown Racecourse

Simple Minds, De Dannan and Big Self also performed at the festival that is estimated to have sold about 16, 000 tickets. Were you lucky enough to be there? Let us know in the comments! And if you want to see more images like this, visit Independent Archives.

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