An heir of the famous Guinness brewing family is to stage a one-off concert by electronic music godfathers Kraftwerk in his stunning country home, it was announced today.
The gates to the spectacular Luggala estate in Co Wicklow will be opened to almost 5,000 ticket-holders in September for what organisers say will be a unique music event.
Promoters also claim it will be one of the greenest events in the world this year with cars banned and fans being bussed in the almost 30 miles from Dublin over mountains and past lakes.
Luggala, bought by Ernest Guinness as wedding gift to his daughter Oonagh – one of the so-called Golden Guinness Girls – was a renowned gathering place for Ireland’s artists, musicians and thinkers during the 20th century.
Guinness heir Garech Browne, who lives on the estate now, is known for continuing the tradition and hosting famous actors, artists and musicians, including Bono who described the estate as his inspiration.
The aristocratic owner has called the concert 'A Day In The Life' in memory of his brother Tara Browne, whose untimely death in 1966 was immortalised by The Beatles in the song of the same name.
Buried on the estate, Tara was a friend of the Fab Four and a popular London socialite who drove his sports car at high speed through a red light in South Kensington, killing himself at the age of 21.
The newspaper report of the coroner’s verdict inspired John Lennon to pen the classic lines “He blew his mind out in a car. He didn’t notice that the lights had changed” for the Sgt Pepper’s 'Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
The two-hour concert, in what is being touted as one of the most awe inspiring and breathtaking locations to host a music event in Ireland, is Kraftwerk’s only show in Western Europe this year.
The notoriously reclusive quartet from Dusseldorf pioneered the electronic music genre in the 1970s and their influence on other bands is said by some critics to be incalculable.
Tickets for the September 13 show go on sale this Friday at 9am with capacity limited bizarrely to 4,999.
Garech Browne is also warmly regarded in Ireland for setting up Claddagh Records which recorded many of the classic Irish traditional albums over the past half a century.
He also helped found Grammy award-winning The Chieftans, one of the first bands to bring Irish traditional music around the world, who have worked with the likes of Van Morrison, Mick Jagger and Elvis Costello.
Michael Jackson was reported to have bought Luggala – which was the setting of Excalibur, the fantasy film about the legend of King Arthur – last year after he stayed there for three months, but the rumours were later scotched by Browne.