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12 wonderful memories of THAT Robbie Williams Slane concert

“Bounce you f*ckers! Bounce!”.

Fans at the front of the 80,000 strong crowd, who Source: Rolling News

ROBBIE WILLIAMS IS coming to Dublin today to make an announcement.

An announcement so exciting that he’s holding a special press conference in a Dublin hotel this afternoon. Could it be a show in Croke Park? Maybe a big night at the Aviva? Maybe he’s making a song an dance about a 3Arena show?

Or maybe, just maybe…

robbie Source: Twitter

Williams played a huge concert at Slane Castle in 1999, which was shown live on Sky One in its entirety in a massive outside broadcast.

1. The build up was immense

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The live broadcast pushed the anticipation of the event up a few notches, with Sky counting down the minutes until Williams arrived on stage as eighty thousand fans waited at Slane.

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2. Because Robbie had form at Slane

The singer had stolen the show at the 1998 event, when he stole the show from headliners The Verve and Manic Street preachers. In fact, he was so energetic that he ripped the trousers of the tux he’d chosen to wear, and had to change into tracksuit bottoms.

robbie2 Source: Rolling News

Also on the bill that day were Finlay Quaye, James and The Seahorses.

hot Source: HotPress

3.Tickets for the 1999 gig sold out in record time, with fans queuing overnight to get their hands on them at £34.50 a pop

4. The trek to get there

Waving goodbye to your bus parked at least 12km from the entrance, wondering if you’ll ever see it again.

busses Source: D464-Darren Hall

5. The fashion

So many string tops, Hobo hoodies and Susst flares.

Fans at the front of the 80,000 strong crowd, who Source: Rolling News

6. The support

Nothing says 1999 quite like David Gray, Gomez, Placebo, Happy Mondays and Stereophonics.

DAVID GRAY IN CONCERT AT THE SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE IN LONDON Source: EMPICS Entertainment

7. That entrance

Finally, he arrived, to the strains of Let Me Entertain You, roaring at the crowd to “BOUNCE! BOUNCE”.

And they bounced…

Source: Robbie Williams/YouTube

8. The Strong singalong

“The people in the chip vans! The posh people who haven’t paid!”.

Source: Robbie Williams/YouTube

9. Angels

Williams was able to take a break and smoke a cigarette while the crowd did a lot of the work for him in the opening verse (not before whipping them into a frenzy with an Irish flag and a burst of Olé Olé.

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10. So much shifting, so many romances

11. No phones, only lighters

Source: Robbie Williams/YouTube

12. Watching it all when you got home

Robbie Williams Slane Castle Concerts

Your mam and dad were threatened with death if they hadn’t managed to tape it all off Sky. The VHS is probably still hanging around somewhere. Dig it out and have a watch.

Source: Robbie Williams/YouTube

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