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THE HISTORY OF SLANE CASTLE CONCERTS 1981 – 2013

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August 25, 2001: At the first ever Slane concert back in 1981, U2 merely supported fellow Irish rock band Thin Lizzy. U2 were now the biggest rock band in the world and when they announced their homecoming gig to Slane Castle, the tickets sold out in record time. The Taoiseach requested a fast track legislation to allow a second concert to take place, to accommodate the massive demand to see U2 live at Slane Castle. The two concerts were headlined by U2 and each concert brought an entirely different set of supporting acts. Each gig was a sacrament and gave Slane a whole new meaning.

The concert on August 25 was supported by big names like:
  • Relish
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Coldplay
  • Kelis
  • JJ72

  • September 1, 2001: For the second concert of the year, The Foo Fighters were named for the supporting act but unfortunately they cancelled. This did not shake the legendary rock festival and Ash quickly replaced The Foo Fighters.

    The other supporting acts were:
  • Moby
  • Ash
  • Nelly Furtado
  • The Walls
  • Dara

  • After U2 writing and recording their album, The Unforgettable Fire in 1984 in Slane Castle U2 had a strong affinity with the venue and decided the historical castle would be the perfect place to film their video “U2 Go Home”.

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmyt0X3OlRI

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