Kings Of Leon- Slane 2011


I couldn’t wait for this long weekend to come, finally a break from Tom Murphy Menswear. On the 28th of May the 30th Anniversary of Slane took place. Thin Lizzy played 30 years after headlining the first ever Slane music festival, their song “The Boys are Back in Town” got a great reaction from the crowd. Elbow also put on a great show with their songs “Grounds for Divorce”and “One Day Like This” really got the crowd going. The grey skies over Slane that threatened to rainover the course of the whole day, the hype about the champion’s league final between ManchesterUnited and Barcelona which had the attention of many fans or the death of the bands Uncle Cleo a few days before the show couldn’t dampen the moods of band or the crowd. The atmosphere around the arena was electric. Around 8-30pm the headliners, Kings of Leon took to the stage with a huge applause from the crowd. Slane castle erupted when they opened the gig with one of their most famous songs “Four Kicks”.


The Kings of Leon played for over 2 and a half hours, this being the longest gig they have ever played. With every song they played the crowd got more into it. With the news of Barcelona hammering United it was turning out to be a great day all around for myself, I even started a rumour that the last song of the night was going to be “You’ll Never Walk Alone” just to rub a bit of salt into the wounds of every united fan. The band played 25 of their songs and stopped, we all thought it was over and the whole of the Slane crowd broke into “Ole Ole” followed on by another Irishgreat, “We All Dream of a Team of Gary Breens”.


Caleb the bands lead vocals singer walked on to the stage on his own and explained he was going to sing a solo version of the bands song “The Runner” in memory of his uncle Cleo who was very close to all of the bands members and had died two days before the concert. The emotional performance touched the whole crowd and got a standing ovation when he finished. Caleb was then joined by the rest of the band to play three more songs as their encore which was “Manhattan”, “Use Somebody” and their last song was “Black Thumbnail”, at the end of the song the whole of Slane castle was lit up with a firework show. With a turnout of over 80,000 and 29 songs played it’s no surprise that the Kings of Leon labelled the gig “the most memorable show of their careers”. The bands high spirits were further highlighted by them posting a video of them hosting a dance off after the show in their hotel suite.

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