Concert calendar set to heat up summer season

WITH Oxegen tickets going on sale yesterday, a look down the concert listings for the coming months shows we are set for a scorching hot summer of rock and roll.

The now annual bash at Punchestown Racecourse from July 8-11 is always the summer’s main music event and this year’s line-up is as stellar as ever.

Arcade Fire and Fatboy Slim are the most recent acts to have joined the listings for the Kildare festival and will join other chart-toppers such as Eminem, Muse, Jay-Z, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine and the Black Eyed Peas.

However, it’s not cheap and with money tighter than ever, revellers need to get saving as a three-day camping ticket will set you back €224.50

For those who prefer rock ’n’ roll of a more classic vintage, Paul McCartney is also set to hit Dublin as part of his new Up and Coming Tour.

Just six months after his last appearance in Ireland, Macca is back and will hit the RDS on June 12 before moving to Britain for four other massive shows.

McCartney admitted that playing Britain and Ireland were the shows he was most excited about.

“We had a great time when we played Dublin just before Christmas. The crowd were wild and I can’t wait to get back there this summer. It’s always brilliant to play for the home crowd and these dates are ones that me and the band are really excited about,” he said.

Another living legend set to hit our shores is Bob Dylan, who will play Thomond Park in Limerick on July 4.

His latest tour is on the back of his new album, Together Through Life, his 46th album in a career going into its sixth decade.

It debuted at number one on the Billboard Top 200 in the US and reached the top of the charts in seven additional countries and the top five in 22 countries around the world.

Dylan’s three previous studio albums have been hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist.

However, for the younger audience, there is plenty more on offer.

Arguably, the biggest pop act on the planet, Black Eyed Peas play Ireland twice over the summer. If €224 ticket for Oxegen is a little out of your price range, you can catch them at the O2 on May 1 and 2.

Pink plays the RDS in Dublin on June 19 and Thomond Park in Limerick the following night.

Pop icon Whitney Houston is at the O2 on April 17, 18 and 20, followed by Rihanna who hits the stage at the same venue on May 22, 24 and 26.

Perennial favourite Rod Stewart plays the O2 on May 11 and 12 and given demand for the Scottish crooner he will play another show on July 31.

Live at the Marquee in Cork returns this year with acts as diverse as Megadeth, Madness, JLS, Paul Weller, Kenny Rogers, Mamma Mia, Deep Purple, The Cranberries and Christy Moore playing Cork over June, July and August.

Boutique festival Electric Picnic also returns in early September, where acts include MGMT, Orbital and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

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