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Fans roll with new Slane legends


Keith Flint of The Prodigy performing at Slane Castle.

Keith Flint of The Prodigy performing at Slane Castle.

Keith Flint of The Prodigy performing at Slane Castle.

OVER the years Slane Castle has attracted huge acts from the music world to cement its reputation as one of the most desirable venues for artists and fans alike.

Previously home to performances by legends U2, The Rolling Stones and Bruce 'The Boss' Springsteen, the Manchunian Britpop rockers had big shoes to fill as a headline act at the castle.

Festivities kicked off with sets from warm-up acts Glasvegas and The Blizzards. However, the majority of ticket-holders were still undertaking the arduous trek to the venue entrance.

By the time Leicester based electro-rock maestros Kasabian came on stage a larger portion of the audience had managed to filter its way towards the stage.

With helicopters seeming more common than birds, the long awaited atmosphere only found at Slane had arrived, with a little help from Kasabian of course. They provided an extremely entertaining way to pass the time before the final warm-up, The Prodigy and finally, the main attraction, Oasis. Kasabian's blistering set was capped by long time fan favourite LSF causing the crowd to bounce and the ground to shake.

7pm and roughly 80,000 people had arrived on Lord Henry Mountcharles' property. An air raid siren sounded. Through the slight haze of confusion, excitement and fear the crowd stood to the attention of The Prodigy.

Soon the exhilarating onslaught of drum n' bass began…. and didn't end quite soon enough.

This was not due to any lack of quality. The performance was excellent, as the re-introduction of the crowd bouncing and ground shaking to Slane confirmed. The problem was that the notso-quaint surroundings of a crowd losing most of their human qualities and descending into a spiral of savagery create one of the most frightening environs known to man.

An hour later and The Prodigy provided a frenetic climax to their show, along with a very hard act to follow.

After a half an hour wait the Gallagher Brothers arrive on stage. Within minutes they have the crowd singing 'Tonight, I wanna be a rock and roll star'.

The Brit-rockers, with strong local ties, read the minds of 80,000 people. The brothers belted out classic after classic and had the thrilled crowd at their feet. After a brief off-stage break Noel returned to perform an acoustic version of the fan favourite, 'Don't Look Back in Anger'. The world record for biggest sing along is held by 293,000 people across the UK. This was a convincing contender for second place.

After a fantastic crowd pleasing, and at times emotional set, the Oasis boys left the crowd reeling, provided with enough memories to keep them entertained for the twohour walk out of Slane to anything that had wheels attached.

Oasis managed to fill the aforementioned shoes left behind by the legends, and won't be taking them off for quite some time.