Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kings of the Castle

BIG GIG: Leon boys to rock Slane's 30th birthday bash

IT'S music to the ears of all Kings of Leon fans. The American chart-toppers have confirmed today that they will be rocking music lovers at Slane Castle.

After months of speculation about which headline act will take to the stage at Henry Mountcharles' famous Meath venue, the Sex On Fire stars have finally signed on the dotted line for an Irish concert.

The Herald can exclusively reveal how the award-winning foursome will be headlining at the castle on May 28 as part of the venue's 30th anniversary celebrations.

"This is going to be one of the biggest gigs of the summer," said an insider. "Not only have they a huge following in Ireland, it's also going to be a milestone anniversary for Slane Castle.

"Given the huge names that have performed there over the past three decades, who knows who could join them on the stage as part of the celebrations? It's going to be a real show stopper."


Some of the biggest names in the music business have performed at the Meath estate, and all, including Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger, are invited back for the birthday celebration.

The first staged a concert there in August 1981, headlined by Thin Lizzy and with an appearance from a very young U2.

The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, David Bowie, Neil Young and REM have all played there over the years, as has Madonna, Oasis, Robbie Williams and the Red Hot Chill Peppers.

Now it's the turn of Nashville-based brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill alongside their cousin Cameron to make a little bit of music history with their headline performance here next May.

The band has a huge following in Ireland, given that they headlined at Oxegen music festival in 2008 and 2009.

They are currently in the middle of a sell-out tour around Europe and America following the release of their fifth album, Come Around Sundown, which is their third consecutive release to debut at number one in the charts here.

This morning saw them announce a string of major outdoor gigs for the UK as well, including a return to London's Hyde Park on June 22, which will mark their biggest ever concert in Britain.

They will also perform in Coventry on May 30; Sunderland on June 17; Manchester on June 19; and Edinburgh on June 26. Tickets for their Irish concert will go on sale on Friday November 5 at 8am priced €79 including booking fee.

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