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Monday 23 October 2017

Kings reign supreme as rain fails to dampen the Marlay Mardi Gras

THEY'VE been adapting to their surroundings for almost a week now and American superstars Kings of Leon blasted out their top tunes for loyal fans at Marlay Park.

Thousands rocked up to see the award-winning musicians take to the stage in Dublin last night and despite the wet weather, it didn't deter revellers from getting their weekend off to a flying start.

Frontman Caleb Followill, who left his Victoria Secret wife of three-years Lily Aldridge at home in the US, and his band mates stepped onto the stage to raucous applause just before their 9pm kick off and opened with Sentimental Girls.

Some 40,000 fans came from all over the country to see the lads in action.

For Georgina Fadigan it was the ideal way to celebrate her birthday.

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"My friends tried to get tickets and couldn't, but eventually came across three and we're here as my present -it's perfect" she told The Herald.

For Longford lass Anne O'Reilly (26) the night was particularly special "I had tickets to see them play at Lansdowne Road in 2005 but couldn't make it due to flu.

"I'm finally getting to see them and it was worth the wait."

Yvonne Griffin from Leitrim saw the headliners at Oxegen in 2008. "They are just unbelievable, they put on a fab show."

Dublin act Kodaline happily kicked off the party last night and the Swords natives showed why they've fast become one of Ireland's biggest bands. The boys, who performed at Glastonbury a week ago, warmed up the crowd by belting out a string of their top tunes, including High Hopes and Love Like This.

Kodaline admitted to being "massive fans" of Kings of Leon and Steve told the Herald they were "ridiculously excited" to support the visiting superstars.

Kings of Leon made the most of a few days rest in the build up to their Marlay Park concert, by taking in the sights of the capital and playing a round of golf. They were spotted enjoying a round of 18 holes at Castle Golf Club in Rathfarnham.

Nashville brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared and their cousin Matthew have been staying at the exclusive Four Seasons in Ballsbridge.

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