Don’t get stranded in Slane – promoters warn Metallica fans to book transport in advance
With just four weeks to go ahead of Metallica’s headline WorldWired Tour concert at Slane Castle, promoters have warned fans to organize transport in advance.
Around 80,000 fans are expected to descend on the small Co Meath village on Saturday June 8 for the band’s first Irish show in a decade.
The nine-time Grammy award winners have sold over 125 million albums worldwide and will follow in the footsteps of acts including Thin Lizzy, U2, and Guns N Roses, the last act to play Slane in 2017.
Historically there have been issues accessing and exiting Slane Castle, which came to a head in 2009 for the Oasis concert with massive transport delays for fans making their way home.
However, a comprehensive and successful traffic plan has been implemented in recent years.
On show day this year Slane village will be closed and the traffic plan will be in operation.
Car traffic will have access only via the M1 and M2 and the N2 will only be open to Dublin Bus and private coaches.
Travel from Dublin on public transport will take at least an hour and a half, and possibly more so fans are advised to allow plenty of time to get to the venue.
As the concert is a one-day event, there is no official camping at the Slane Castle site so concertgoers will need local accommodation or transport home.
Promoters MCD “strongly advise” fans to book return travel to the concert in advance.
Dublin Bus buses will depart between 11am and 4pm from Western Way, Dublin 7 and the return service will operate directly after the event.
A return ticket costs €30 discounted (plus booking fee) until May 26. Tickets purchased until June 4 will cost €40 (plus booking fee) and a time slot must be booked in advance. You can purchase tickets HERE.
Tickets for nationwide regional coach operators can be bought HERE.
There are still concert tickets available from Ticketmaster, costing 99.50 including booking fee.
Slane Castle advises that the site is not suitable for under 5s and under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Special guests on the day will be Ghost, Stiff Little Fingers, Bokassa and Irish band Fangclub.
Gates open 2pm.
For more information and updates check out www.mcd.ie