Sunday 25 March 2018

Beyonce issues fans with one important warning ahead of this weekend’s Croke Park concert

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Melanie Finn, Showbiz Editor

Pop princess Beyonce has issued a warning ahead of Saturday’s Croke Park concert:you're going to have to live in the moment because iPads are banned.

The Bootylicious star will take to the stage at the northside venue this weekend as she brings her Formation world tour here.

The show is so large that the capacity of Croker has been reduced down from 82,500 to 75,000 to allow for the size of the stage.

Along with the 40,000 music fans going to see Stone Roses in Marlay Park, the two music extravaganzas are worth an estimated €20m to the local economy.

However, the American superstar has explicitly told fans attending the concert not to bring any iPad’s along with them on the night.

This has been included on her concert rider, according to Eamon Fox, event organiser with MCD.

“There’s no umbrellas, no big cameras, there’s a whole list of stuff but the key one that wouldn’t be normal and it’s on the public information sheet is that there’s no iPad’s. Rihanna recently had the same thing, it must be an American thing,” he told

“We don’t want anyone coming up and losing an iPad because you won’t be allowed in and there will be no place to put it.”

He suggested that it was perhaps to avoid blocking other patrons’ view of the stage, as opposed to a copyright issue.

Mr Fox also recalled how he “got slagged” for issuing a more unusual instruction for the Foo Fighters gig in Slane back in May 2015 when the concert rider was “no garden gnomes.”

Meanwhile, fans have been promised a “spectacular show”, with Beyonce expected to take to the stage around 8.15pm and perform 30-32 songs during a two-hour-long stint.

She’ll be arriving into Dublin this weekend with 100 monster trucks and will be accompanied by her four-year-old daughter with Jay Z, Blue Ivy.

“With some of the older acts, you come to see the concert. You come to see the singer,” said Mr Fox.

“This is a show. The singer is a major part of it but added to that, there’s a massive spectacle that befits the size of the space here. Croke Park is a massive arena to fill, even for an artist like her and she has the production to fill it.”

“It’s a jaw-dropping production and stage show and one of the biggest that’s ever been in Croke Park so the amount of space that it takes up has limited the capacity.

Patrons are advised not to queue overnight, use public transport to get to the venue, with doors opening at 5.30pm. A handful of production tickets are still available.

Some 900 stewards will be working at the venue along with 100 members of An Garda Siochana.

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