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Saturday 3 December 2016

Foo Fighters and Hozier rock Slane

The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Hozier pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Concert goers pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Concert goers pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Concert goers pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Andressa Dallo and Aline Rocha, Brazil pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Niamh O'Neill and Grace Sheridan, Monaghan pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Deirdre Smyth, Sabrina McKenna and Helena Sheridan, Monaghan pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Emma and Lucy Mullen Reynolds with Katie Kierans, Drogheda pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Elaine Crowley pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters at Slane Castle yesterdayPhoto: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron
The Foo Fighters pictured at Slane Castle in Co Meath. Picture: Arthur Carron

Ireland's rock and roll doyen, Lord Henry Mountcharles, has declared that this year's successful Slane concert was one of the "best ever".

Dave Grohl energetically led the Foo Fighters on stage in the pouring rain on Saturday night, and 64-year-old Lord Mountcharles said he was in the thick of the action as he watched the rockers from the pit, in front of the 70,000 fans that packed into the natural amphitheatre on the banks of the Boyne.

"I don't think it is an exaggeration to say it was one of the best Slanes ever. I am happy but exhausted," he said.

The Foo Fighters were the headline and covered a number of hits from other artists, including Thin Lizzy's 'Jailbreak', a tribute to the first band to play Slane in 1981.

Grohl (46), who hit fame with Nirvana, also recalled a holiday he spent here several years ago with his sister Lisa and mother Virginia, who has Irish roots.

"It was one of the most beautiful experiences of my entire life … you have yourselves a very beautiful country here."

Hozier almost stole the show as he led a strong Irish support contingent. Cavan teens The Strypes opened the show.

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