Thursday 20 June 2019

SLANE 2019: tickets, travel, times and more - everything you need to know about the biggest gig of the summer

Heading to Slane this Saturday? Here's everything you need to know about the gig of the summer

Guns N' Roses fans at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath.
Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses fans at Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey
A map of the venue
Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey

Callum Lavery

Rocking out to Metallica this Saturday?

The Californian metal band will return to play their first Irish show in a decade at the famous Slane Castle this weekend.

Here's everything you need to know about the legendary gig of the summer:

Are there any tickets left?

A map of the venue
A map of the venue

Tickets are still available at €89.50 including a booking fee from Ticketmaster but resale tickets are also available on Viagogo for a lower price.

How do I get there?

Slane is 40 miles north of Dublin.

On the day of the gig, the village is closed and a comprehensive traffic plan will be in operation. Access for car traffic will be via the M3 and N2.

From Dublin and the South, take the M50 to the N2 at Junction 5 and continue to the GREEN car park.

From Drogheda take the N51 to Slane & follow signs for concert parking. Concert goers from Navan & the West can also take the N51.

People with impaired mobility should only approach from Navan via the N51 in order to access designated car parks beside concert site.

However, it is strongly advised that most concert goers use public transport.

If travelling by public transport allow a travel time from Dublin of at least 90 minutes and expect delays.

There is a bus leaving Dublin to go to Slane for €40 return departing Western Way every 30 minutes between 11am to 4pm on the day of the concert.

Similarly Marathon coaches are departing from Custom House quay every 30 minutes from 11am to 4pm, charging €40 for return after the concert.

Bus Eireann are operating a shuttle bus from Drogheda and Navan.

Fans should allow themselves plenty of travel time when getting to the concert.

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Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey

Where can I park?

If you do decide to drive to the concert, remember that no vehicle can access the concert through Slane Village on the day of the concert.

A 30-45 minute walk should be expected from all car park. Private coach parking must be reserved online in advance.

Where do I enter and where is the stage?

Enter the site at whichever of the three gets are designated on your ticket; red, green or blue. The stage is located south of the concert site.

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A map of the venue

Who else is playing?

Opening for one of the world biggest metal groups is Irish alternative rock band and rush based Fangclub.

The Irish trio are playing ahead of "stonerpunk" group Bokassa from Trondheim, Norway. Another three piece, Bokassa has already released two EPs and one album and have toured all over Norway, Sweden and the UK

Coming back with a blast from the past is the return of Belfast punk legends Stiff Little Fingers. Despite major changes, the group are still touring and recording and released their tenth studio album in 2014.

The final act before the headliner takes the stage is Swedish hard rock band, Ghost. Easily recognizable by their eccentric on-stage presence, the eight member group wear virtually identical, face-concealing costumes.

When do the gates open and when are the acts?

The gates open at 2pm on Saturday afternoon, queueing is not permitted before hand.

The stage times are as follows:

3:00pm: Fangclub

4:00pm: Bokassa

5:15pm: Stiff Little Fingers

6:45pm: Ghost

8:00pm Metallica

The gig is expected to finish at around 11pm that night.

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Guns N' Roses on stage at the concert in Slane Castle, Slane, Co Meath. Picture Newsfile | Fran Caffrey

What are the age restrictions?

All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Can I bring food and drink inside the concert?

Concert goers are not allowed to bring alcohol or food onto the concert grounds. However there will be many on site concessions selling food and beverages.

ATMs are also located on site, however organisers have advised all patrons to bring cash with them

What other items are not permitted at the concert?

  • Aerosols
  • Air Horns
  • Alcohol
  • Animals (other than registered guide or hearing dogs)
  • Any item which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Audio Recorders
  • Backpacks or Waistpacks
  • Bottles
  • Cans
  • Cameras with a detachable lense or recording equipment
  • Camping Equipment
  • Chains (of any kind)
  • Chinese or Sky Lanterns
  • Excessive amounts cigarettes may be refused entry to the site
  • Food
  • Fireworks and Flares
  • Garden furniture, deckchairs, fold up chairs or shooting sticks.
  • Glass / Glass Containers
  • Go Pro Cameras, iPads or Tablets
  • Illegal substances
  • iPads
  • Large Umbrellas or Flag Poles
  • Large chains, spiked bracelet’s or wallet chains
  • Laser Pens or laser pointers
  • Light Sabers
  • Megaphones
  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Portable Laser Equipment and Pens
  • Professional nor Semi Professional Cameras, STILL OR DIGITAL
  • Recording Equipment, SOUND or VIDEO
  • Selfie Sticks
  • Smoke Canisters
  • Sound systems
  • Spray Cans
  • Tridents
  • Un-authorised Professional Film or Video Equipment*
  • Unofficial tabards or reflective jackets
  • Weapons

What will the weather be like on the day of the concert?

Met Éireann have said that Saturday morning will be mostly dry with bright or sunny spells.

However, conditions will become cloudier in the east by late morning with rain developing along the east and southeast coasts.

Elsewhere will have a mix of bright or sunny spells and the risk of showers.

By Saturday night it will begin to rain in the eastern counties and Ulster with heavier showers along the west coast. Fortunately it will be dry and clear elsewhere.

Can't make it to Slane this weekend? What other gigs are on?

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Robert Smith and The Cure played Malahide Castle on Saturday night

This June weekend is a big one for Irish music lovers with big name gigs happening around the country. If you are not able to make Metallica this weekend, or fancy making the weekend a double feature. Here is a list of the hottest gigs around this summer weekend.

Friday, June 7

  • Snow Patrol and The Kooks at Malahide Castle (€52)

Saturday, June 8

  • The Cure, Ride, Just Mustard, and The Twilight Sad at Malahide Castle (€72+)

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