Monday 15 July 2019

Fleetwood Mac kick off weekend of music that sees Bon Jovi, Noel Gallagher and Mumford & Sons in town

Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac (Yui Mok/PA)
Stevie Nicks performs with Fleetwood Mac (Yui Mok/PA)
Fleetwood Mac on stage at the Isle of Wight Festival (Yui Mok/PA)
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

Fleetwood Mac kicked off a hotly anticipated weekend of music in Dublin last night, even though the weather could have been a little kinder.

Most of the band - including Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie and Neil Finn - checked into the five-star Merrion Hotel ahead of the RDS gig.

They were joined by Mike Campbell and Neil Finn for the second of three exclusive performances in Berlin, Dublin and London.

Tonight, fans will descend on Malahide Castle as bluegrass band Mumford and Sons take to the stage alongside Dublin talent Wild Youth, Dermot Kennedy and Norwegian artist Aurora.

However, Met Eireann forecaster Liz Gavin warned that Dublin will be hit by more heavy showers tonight.

"There will be showers at first, followed by longer spells of rain," she said.

"There will be heavy bursts likely in the evening, and heavy rain throughout the night."

Mumford and Sons play a second night at Malahide Castle tomorrow, by which time the rain should have turned to lighter showers. They will again be joined by Dermot Kennedy, who has just announced the release of his long-awaited debut album.

Taking to Instagram yesterday, he said the album would be out in September.

He said he would be playing the 3Arena as part of a worldwide tour on December 22.

"I'm so, so excited to announce that my debut album, Without Fear, is going to be released on September 27," he wrote.

"I'm so, so proud of this record, and I cannot wait to share it with you."

Tickets for the tour go on sale next Friday.

Bon Jovi will play the RDS tomorrow and on Sunday night.

While there is set to be a reprieve from the wet weather tomorrow night, there will be heavier showers on Sunday, with wet conditions right into next week.

On the bright side, there is no weather warning in place for Dublin, although the public is urged to keep an eye on the forecast.

"It doesn't look likely that there will be a warning in the Dublin area, but it is something we are always monitoring," said Ms Gavin.

Read more: Malahide Castle 2019: Mumford & Sons and Noel Gallagher - stage times, how to get there, tickets, setlist predictions

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