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14 things you've said, done or heard if you've ever been to Slane


Originally published on 28/5/2015

Ire Slane Concert crowd EMPICS Sports Photo Agency EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

CHANCES ARE, IF you’ve been to Slane at some stage in the past twenty years (or beyond), some of these will ring true…

1. Getting off the bus 154 miles from the venue, taking a look at where it’s parked and saying ‘yep, I’ll definitely remember where that is’

Private buses and coaches Slane 2011 D464-Darren Hall D464-Darren Hall

2. Walking 267 miles to the main gates, swigging from one warm can of Bulmers

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3. Considering rolling down the hill, and then reconsidering when you realise you’ll kill yourself and several others around you


4. Falling down the hill anyway, spilling your pint and the pints of several others around you

Robbie Williams Slane Castle Concerts

5. Trying to peer into the tiny castle windows from your place down below with the rest of the plebs, hoping to spot a celeb

Slane Castle concert PA WIRE PA WIRE

6. Listening to people who definitely aren’t old enough bragging that they were there when Queen/David Bowie/Guns n Roses played

Queen Rock Concerts at Slane Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland Eamonn Farrell / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

Queen Rock Concerts at Slane Photocall Ireland Photocall Ireland

7. Listening to people saying they were there the year Robbie Williams supported The Verve (1998) aka the beginning of the Robbie Williams Era Of Deadliness, even if they weren’t there


8. Hearing people saying they were there the following year (1999) when Robbie Williams headlined and Sky One broadcast it live and everyone had the fear that their mams would make a balls of taping it off Sky One

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9. Reminiscing about when U2 played in 2001 and Bono’s dad had died the night before and they played One and it was the most touching thing ever

U2 AT SLANE CASTLE POP CONCERTS ROCK FESTIVALS Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

10. Eating at least three of these little white plastic containers of chips


11. Feeling like Stereophonics should really be in the middle of every Slane bill from now until the end of time

KELLY JONES SLANE CASTLE ROCK FANS CONCERTS IN IRELAND PLAYING GUITAR Gareth Chaney / Photocall Ireland! Gareth Chaney / Photocall Ireland! / Photocall Ireland!

12. Talking about Busgate 2009, when people didn’t get home from the Oasis concert until 4am, or 8am, depending on who you’re talking to

Rock Concerts at Slane Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland / Photocall Ireland

13. Walking back to the bus in the dark for what seemed like years, wondering if you were in Navan or on the road to Dublin or what

the Terry Bain Terry Bain

14. Considering giving up and just making Slane your home forever

Eminem Slane Castle Graham Hughes / Photocall Ireland! Graham Hughes / Photocall Ireland! / Photocall Ireland!

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