Preparations are underway for the return of the Rolling Stones to Slane. Event organisers are urging the 70,000 expected at the concert to arrive early and dress for all types of weather.
While Slane may look more like a building site than a concert venue, organisers say everything will be in place by the time the Stones roll into town for the only Irish date of their ‘Bigger Bang’ tour. The band first played at Slane in Couny Meath in 1982 and with the exception of U2, they are the only main act to ever return to the venue.
Slane Castle owner Lord Henry Mountcharles is delighted to see the return of the Rolling Stones.
It feels a bit surreal but I’m looking forward to it.
Following the debacle over the Barbra Streisand concert, the promoters MCD are hoping for a better reaction to the Rolling Stones concert.
A press conference was held in Slane Castle to outline plans for dealing with 70,000 fans. There will be a full field hospital with doctors and nurses as well as 460 Gardaí in the area. Garda advice is to stay away from Slane if at all possible and those coming are advised to give themselves plenty of time and to avail of public transport.
On the day, the Rolling Stones will be joined by support acts, The Charlatans, The Hold Steady, Tinariwen and Frankie Gavin, and the show will go on regardless of the weather.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 15 August 2007. The reporter is Richard Dowling.