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Thursday 22 February 2018

Singing in the rain . . . but fans praying for Snow (Patrol)

Happy revellers escaped the rain at Thursday’s Stone Roses gig but unfortunately not muddy fields
Happy revellers escaped the rain at Thursday’s Stone Roses gig but unfortunately not muddy fields
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

MORE than two weeks' worth of rain was expected to fall last night ahead of this weekend's gigs in the Phoenix Park.

Ground crews have been working feverishly since the Stone Roses concert on Thursday night in an effort to prepare the venue for the two shows.

A huge operation was under way over the past 24 hours to ensure that the ground is drained in time for tonight's concert.

But the 90,000 revellers planning to attend Swedish House Mafia tonight or Snow Patrol tomorrow have been warned conditions could still be bad.

Despite the sun shining for most of Thursday, some Stone Roses fans found themselves knee-deep in mud as rain had taken its toll on the ground.

Met Eireann said that there was a risk of flooding in Leinster overnight with more than two weeks of rain falling, followed by the threat of scattered showers today and tomorrow.

Between 20 and 35mm of rain had fallen over much of Leinster by 10pm last night with Co Wexford getting the brunt of the deluge with up to 35mm. Dublin received steady rain yesterday with accumulations up to 25mm by late last night.

The rain is expected to push northwards along the east coast by early this morning bringing drier conditions today and tomorrow.

The heavy rain led to some minor power outages last night. A spokeswoman for Electric Ireland said about 500 customers in Bray, Co Wicklow, and Shankhill, Co Dublin, were without electricity for about an hour last night due to a fault on the line.

Other pockets of less than a hundred customers across the country were also without electricity due to the bad weather.

A spokesman for MCD repeated the promoter's advice to revellers to wear wellies and warm clothes.

"We have ground crews working 24 hours to make sure the ground is drained," the spokesman told the Irish Independent.

The promoter is working with the Office of Public Works to ensure the ground is as safe as possible.

A 'Shattermaster', sub-soil turf aerator, and a 'Verti-Drain', designed for improving aeration and water percolation, are among the devices being used to keep surfaces dry.

The spokesman said that the two forthcoming shows have sold out, with 45,000 people expected at each one.

Concert-goers have also been urged to use public transport. A shuttle bus will operate from Custom House Quay at a cost of €5 single or €9 return. It starts an hour before the gates open.

Irish Independent

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