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Friday 23 February 2018

Don't pack that lightsaber in your backpack - 6 things to know ahead of Guns N' Roses at Slane

Access, weather, setlist, banned items and more...

Guns N' Roses are on their global tour, Not In This Lifetime
Guns N' Roses are on their global tour, Not In This Lifetime
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

It's almost upon us - Guns N' Roses will return to Slane Castle after a quarter of a century on Saturday for what promises to be memorable gig.

Tickets sold out within minutes of going on sale so if you're lucky enough to have bagged one you're both privileged and in for a treat.

However, there are a few things that are handy to know before you grace Meath with your presence. 

A crowd of 83,000 will be descending on the small Meath location within a relatively short time period so you'll need to abide by the rules and employ a little patience when getting there, and getting out.

Here are a few pointers regarding what to bring, what not to bring, how to get there, and what to expect from the band...


Don't pack that lightsaber in your backpack

Leave your light saber at home

Last month concert promoters MCD issued a list for fans of items banned from the concert site.

These included the usual selfie sticks, backpacks, iPads and umbrellas as well as more obscure items including lightsabers, Chinese lanterns, flag poles, and, eh, tridents.

Food and animals are also banned and you're not allowed any cameras with detachable telephoto lenses.



'Bring wellies and suncream'

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That's the official advice of the Gardai and we reckon it's pretty sound. 

Met Eireann predict clouds on Friday with some rain and showers in the west which will move eastwards overnight.  On Saturday there will be showers but the east will probably get the best of the weather with a "hit-and-miss" chance of showers at the concert.  So, basically, you might get rained on, or you might not, so plan for all eventualities.


How to get there (and back) with your sanity intact

Chill out. You'll get there.

Bear in mind that thousands will be converging on Slane at the same time, so take public transport if at all possible. Either way, whether you drive or bus it, you'll need patience.  It will take a while to get in and out. So, give yourself a couple of extra hours to get there and be patient.

If you're driving, cars coming from the Dublin direction must travel via M1/Drogehda or the M3 via Navan.

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Public transport is recommended by both MCD and the Gardai.  There are Marathon Coach services from Dublin to Slane leaving from George's Quay with pick up every hour from 12pm to 5pm to return directly after the concert from Dublin Transport Hub, which is the closest bus stop to Slane Castle, and heading back to George's Quay.  Tickets are €30 bought in advance on www.bushiredublin.net

Dublin Bus will also depart every 30 mins between 12 and 5pm from Parnell Square West outside the Rotunda Hospital and returning straight after the concert.  Tickets are also €30 when bought in advance from Ticketmaster.

Coaches will run from all over the country and there will be a traffic management plan in place to cater for up to 600.

You'll find all relevant maps HERE


You can book camping and parking in advance

You don't want to be that person...

Parking is only available on the Collon, Drogheda and Kells roads and there is no parking at all on the Navan Road and the N2 south of Slane.  You can't just park on the roadside and abandon your car - it'll be towed away. 

Also, the official car park conditions are weather dependent so if it rains excessively and the car parks are waterlogged they'll be closed.

There are no official camp sites for the event, but Castle Park Slane Carpark and Campsite offer both parking and camping facilities within 100 meter walk of Slane Castle's entrance.  There are hot showers and actual toilets as opposed to portaloos and there's a glam room for those who can't survive 24 hours without touching up their hair and make-up.  You'll need to bring your own towels, hairdryers and straighteners.

Admission for cars is €20 and parking with camping costs €25 per person (the campsite opens on Friday at 12 and closes on Sunday).  Check out www.castleparkslane.com


Expected setlist

They've been playing between 20 and 25 songs on each night of the tour so far (they're expected to hit the Slane stage at 7pm on the dot) and setlist.fm has analysed the figures and these are the top 25 most played songs from their Not in this Lifetime tour:

It's So Easy

Speak Softly Love

Rocket Queen

Knockin' on Heaven's Door

Mr Brownstone

Sweet Child O' Mine

You Could Be Mine


Chinese Democracy


Welcome to the Jungle

Double Talkin' Jive

Paradise City

Live and Let Die

This I Love

Wish You Were Here


November Rain

Civil War

The Seeker


Out Ta Get Me


Don't Try


However, they've also played: New Rose, Slash Guitar Solo, My Michelle, Sorry, Yesterdays, Used to Love Her, Raw Power, Catcher in the Rye, Whole Lotta Rosie, Riff Raff, There Was a Time, and Nice Boys.


Avoid the compulsion to mosh

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You can also forget about moshing or crowd surfing.  If you do indulge in this particular compulsion you'll be ejected from the site without a refund and that's zero craic.

Useful websites: www.garda.ie www.mcd.ie 

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Get set for the best day of the week - mercury to soar even higher tomorrow 


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