Welsh wizards warm up wet crowd

“HAVE a nice day,” urged the Stereophonics, and the thousands of music fans enjoying the 8th annual Heineken Green Energy Festival in Dublin at the weekend obliged.

Despite variable conditions, including long spells of heavy showers mixed with bursts of summer sunshine over the bank holiday, most concert-goers were just content to soak up the sounds of over two dozen top acts at a number of venues around the capital.

The focus of the weekend’s entertainment centred on Dublin Castle, which hosted large outdoor concerts in the main courtyard on three consecutive nights.

Welsh favourites Stereophonics brought the festival to a close last night with an energetic set in front of an audience of around 5,000 people.

Singer Kelly Jones and the band used their latest appearance in Ireland to showcase several tracks from their forthcoming album, You Gotta Go There To Come Back, in advance of a major world tour.

After mixed reviews about their headlining performance at Slane last year, the Stereophonics seemed more at ease in the intimate setting of Dublin Castle blazing out versions of hits including the rather apt Have A Nice Day.

Local hero Mundy also confirmed his status as one of Ireland’s best upcoming acts with a strong support set.

Earlier in the weekend, dance duo Groove Armada and Moloko, fronted by Wicklow singer Roisín Murphy, helped to wash away the effects of Saturday’s torrential downpours with their breezy summer vibes.

They were followed on Sunday by chart-topping R&B star Craig David who also had to fight the conditions to get the crowd warmed up.

However, festival veterans agreed one of the highlights of the weekend was the rare appearance of Beck, opening the festival on Thursday at the Ambassador.

“And it had nothing to do with the fact that it was an indoor venue away from the rain,” joked one fan.

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