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Get VIP treatment at Leopardstown

RACEGOERS flocked to the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown last night.

The evening race meeting will take place every Thursday night throughout July and some of August.

To celebrate, the Herald is offering readers a chance to avail of a VIP package for the special price of €20, a significant saving on the regular cost of €32.

The package includes admission into the race meeting, a live performance by a band, a barbecue, one free bottle of Bulmers, a race card and a free €2 bet -- all for €20.

Next week, July 8, will see Duke Special take to the stage to perform their best-known hits.

Also lined up to perform at the South County Dublin racecourse over the coming weeks are Paul Brady, Delorentos, Alabama 3 and Sharon Shannon Big Band featuring Shane McGowan.

Meanwhile, Dublin rockers Aslan have vowed to perform a sell-out concert at the O2 before their 30th anniversary in 2012.

The northside band have been going strong since they first got together in 1982 and have revealed how they are planning a number of special projects over the coming 18 months to mark the milestone.

"Our big ambition now is to play a gig at the O2," said Billy McGuinness, guitarist with the band. "That's the goal. We want to play a concert there and get all our fans in there to mark our 30th anniversary.

"We're also working on some new material and we hope to have a new album out before then.

"We have had so many great highlights over the years. One particular gig that stands out was supporting Bowie at Slane. Now that was truly living the dream," he added.

The Crazy World singers took to the stage for the second year in a row last night to perform a set featuring hits old and new in front of a packed crowd at the Bulmers Live at Leopardstown event.