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Record crowd for Red Hot show in the park

MUSIC fans flocked to Dublin's Phoenix Park over the weekend to see the Red Hot Chili Peppers and legendary guests, The Pixies, perform live to over 110,000 revellers.

It was a record attendance at an Irish concert, according to organisers MCD. Fans were treated to a nine-hour music festival which started at 2pm with the Hothouse Flowers, Groove Armada and surf-pop favourites The Thrills.

For many, the sole purpose of the day was to see The Pixies perform in Ireland for the first time since 1991. Bands such as Ash and Nirvana have cited the Boston outfit as a major influence.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers also proved why they're such a hit with Irish fans. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, they had the crowd on their side from the moment they appeared. Bassist Flea and singer Anthony Kiedis - despite both approaching middle age - performed topless and tattooed, and never stopped jumping around the stage.

"This is my favourite place, hello Ireland," Flea announced before singing the opening lines of the national anthem, to the delight of the crowd which quickly joined in.

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