Hordes of fans made their way to Slane Castle as iconic venue with a monstrous capacity of 60,000 celebrated its 25th gig.
The Strypes were elected to kick-start the Rock’n’Roll packed day; with mostly new tracks, featuring some from their most recent release ‘Flat Out’ EP and some from their upcoming album ‘Little Victories’, which will be released this July. The Cavan four-piece energetically got the crowd going with their garage-rock and playfully cruised through their biggest performance yet.
Next on the line-up was Ash. They played songs from each of their albums, and dedicated a song to Dave Grohl. The crowd maintained an excited energy as the day was still young at this stage.
Hozier then took to the stage for an impressive set which captivated the audience from the word go. Hozier’s flawless vocals echoed through the massive crowds, and the lyrics echoed back at him. The audience sang every word to his biggest hits ‘Take Me To Church’ and ‘Someone New’.
Kaiser Chiefs, did a boisterous set including their massive hits ‘Ruby’ and ‘I Predict A Riot’ which went down a treat and the pit went crazy for lead singer, Ricky Wilson.
Finally headliners Foo Fighters took to the spotlight. Dave Grohl informed the crowd that they wanted to make it their mission to play as many songs as possible before the curfew, and he made it no secret throughout the night that he really loves Ireland.
They kicked off their lengthly set with ‘Everlong’ and absolutely smashed their jam-packed 3 hours on stage. They played an array of tracks from their back catalogue with Grohl playing each riff with pleasure and running down the stage aisle numerous times.
Highlights from their set were ‘The Pretender’ which got the entire venue shaking, ‘My Hero’ which the pit in particular screaming their lungs out to, and ‘Times Like These’ which slowed things down for a bit in the middle of their set.
There was space for a couple fun covers in their performance, one being Thin Lizzy’s ‘Jailbreak’ and one of the best songs of the night; Queen & David Bowies ‘Under Pressure’. Both went down an absolute treat.
Always good with the crowd interaction, Grohl gave a kind few words about how impressed he was with The Strypes and Kaiser Chiefs on warming up the crowd, and he also dedicated a song to Taylor Swift.
Near the end of the they threw in another surprise surprised the crowd with a rocking rendition of AC/DC’s ‘Let There Be Rock’. They effortlessly powered though song after song, and seemed like they never wanted to leave the special crowd.
Slane 2015 was a beyond memorable, rain and rock filled day, the perfect way to kick-start the Summer.