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Saturday 21 October 2017

Macklemore mania hits Marlay Park for rapper's biggest concert ever

IRELAND holds a special place in his heart, so it was fitting that American artist Macklemore played his biggest gig to-date on Irish shores.

The Grammy-winning artist, who is one half of Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, entertained 37,000 fans at Marlay Park last night.

Macklemore first played here four years ago, and taking to the stage in front of his largest audience yet, he made sure it was a night to remember.

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The rapper has built up a loyal following in Ireland and said the gig was like a "homecoming".

Among the ticket holders was Coolock native Gavin McDermott, who discovered the rapper long before his very first visit here.

"I've been at every gig he's played here and I was in The Twisted Pepper that night in 2011," Gavin told the Herald.

"He's unbelievable - I always knew, from the beginning, he was going to be huge."

Lisa Massey from Walkinstown wanted to go to the concert to "ease the pain" amid the Garth Brooks fiasco.

"It's a shame about Garth, but at least Macklemore loves us," said Lisa, who was accompanied by Edel Alfred and Fran Massey.

For Tipperary sisters Aoife and Claire D'Arcy it was their second time seeing the headliner, but it was a first time for Italian siblings Celeste and Francesca Bonanno. Reality star Virginia Macari's cousins Rico and Leandra Macari were also enjoying the night.

"We saw him before in The O2 and he's fantastic live," Rico said.

Macklemore is such a fan of this country that he jetted in a day early to soak up the atmosphere.

For old times' sake, Macklemore met up with the Twisted Pepper's music booker Eoin Cregan. The rapper, who claims Irish heritage, arrived with his entourage at the sister venue The Bernard Shaw in Portobello to watch the World Cup. And before leaving the bar, he was invited to graffiti the walls and wrote, 'Macklemore, 37,000, Marlay Park, Dublin 2014' underneath a drawing.

British singer Ellie Goulding, Niall Horan's rumoured ex, warmed up the crowd after she toasted her arrival with an Irish coffee.

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