Tuesday 15 October 2019

Chilled-out fans lap up Dido magic at park gig

Conor Feehan

Conor Feehan

MARLAY Park's summer season of sounds had its grand finale last night when Dido took to the stage in front of a sell-out crowd. As the sun set on the fantastic and scenic venue, Dido was welcomed on stage by more than 17,000 fans.

MARLAY Park's summer season of sounds had its grand finale last night when Dido took to the stage in front of a sell-out crowd.

As the sun set on the fantastic and scenic venue, Dido was welcomed on stage by more than 17,000 fans, where she entertained the largely female following with 17 hits from her famous collection, including chart toppers from her current Life For Rent CD.

With the crowd having been suitably adrenalised by Aqualung and Scissor Sisters, who opened with their summer smash, Take Your Mama, Dido was made to feel welcome from the beginning.

The more chilled-out members of the audience parked their posteriors in an abundance of inflatable armchairs and drank lager from plastic glasses.

The crowd, aged from 13-year-olds to Dido fans in their 40s, waited patiently for the main attraction to arrive.

The more dedicated Dido fans gathered at the front to hear such favourites as Life For Rent, White Flag, My Life and See The Sun.

The rain held off for the thousands of music lovers, although dark clouds looming over the Dublin mountains had some fans looking skyward waiting for a deluge.

Marlay Park has now established itself as one of Dublin's premium concert venues, and, with a fantastic view from all angles, everyone was happy.

The festival atmosphere suited Dido well, although her melodic tunes did more to relax the audience in sing-song fashion rather than have them jumping up and down in ecstasy.

And Dido fans were given the chance to quench their thirst early when a district court judge extended opening hours at Marlay Park, writes Tim Healy. Lencove Taverns Ltd, operators of the bar at the park, were given permission to start serving alcohol at 4.30pm rather than 6pm as stipulated in its special licence for the occasion.

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