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Magic Moments

How many of these Irish musical moments do you remember?

From Queen at Slane to the MTV EMAs in Dublin.

OVER THE WEEKEND, most people who attended Electric Picnic will have experienced at least one gig moment which will stay with them forever.

Perhaps it was the much talked about David Byrne performance with St. Vincent, or maybe it was someone they’d never heard of before blowing their minds in a tiny tent.

What is certain though, is that music has the power to create magical moments and incredible memories.  Here are nine such moments which are forever imprinted in the landscape of Ireland.

Arcade Fire at Electric Picnic 2005


Everyone says they were there, in truth it was a relatively small tent so not many experienced it.

Those who did will never forget it.

Robbie Williams at Slane in 1999

 Robbie is an incredible showman, and at the height of his fame he held 80,000 people in the palm of his hand at Slane.

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova’s Oscar win

 The Frames frontman and his then-girlfriend were the little duo that could when it came to the film Once.
Their Oscar win made them only the 18th Irish winners of an Academy Award.

Riverdance at the Eurovision in 1994

 All the positive superlatives that you can think of have already been used in relation to this performance, so I won’t go on about it.
You know.

A Woman’s Heart

 A Woman’s Heart is the most sold album in Irish chart history, and when it came out in 1992 the title track was pervasive.

The music of Italia 90

 Want to get a party going?  Stick on Put ‘Em Under Pressure.
It immediately takes people back to a time of hope and joy.

 The MTV EMAs in Dublin in 1999

 Dublin was abuzz with excitement when all of music’s biggest names descended on the city for the European Music Awards.
Between the show itself and the many after-parties, there were lots of opportunities to have a little brush with fame, making it a memorable occasion for all.

Queen at Slane 1986

 Freddie Mercury and co came to Slane in 1986 and people were desperate to go, some even canoeing up the River Boyne in an attempt to sneak in.
Unfortunately the long day and copious amount of booze let to a chaotic atmosphere, with Freddie threatening to stop the gig if people didn’t calm down.
They continued, but Brian May was hit by a beer can and threatened to leave before the band convinced him to stay.
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