Few artists have had number one songs for more than a decade straight: Hello. Endless Love. Three Times A Lady. All Night Long. None other than pop royalty Lionel Richie will be in Dublin this weekend for one of the first summer gigs of the season. Between his Las Vegas residency and judging punters on American Idol, Richie has found the time to tour Europe and the US, kicking off his first one in Ireland. With Ireland’s summer firmly showing its colours this week, can we expect the weather to hold up? What will Richie play? And how can you get to the gig?
When does he play?
The show kicks off at 6pm, but with support from English 1980s synth-pop band The Human League (known for Don’t You Want Me) and Irish rockers In Tua Nua, it will likely be some time before Richie graces the stage.
What time should I arrive?
The gates open at 5pm and fans are advised not to turn up early as not to cause disruption around the area prior to the concert.
How do I get there – and home again?
Allow at least an extra two hours travel time to and from the venue. As traffic and delays are inevitable you are strongly advised to use public transport. There are no parking facilities available locally, and towing will be in operation.
By Dart: The nearest stop to the venue is Harmonstown. Extra services will operate before and after the concerts. For timetable information Irish Rail’s journey planner
By bus: Several Dublin Bus services will bring you within walking distance of the concert site. Bus routes from Abbey St Lower include 6, H1, H2, H3 or 130. For more information visit dublinbus.ie
Approach Routes: Follow instructions on your ticket for entry to venue. Your ticket will outline which route/entry to take to the venue.
- Green entrance: Off Sybil Hill
- Blue entrance: At the tennis courts on All Saints Road.
- Ticket collection: Box offices will be located near the concert entrance inside the park. Organisers have advised downloading tickets to phones before the day of the event.
St Anne’s Park is a residential area, organisers have appeal to all concert goers to respect the local community by not littering, engaging in anti-social behaviour and parking illegally.
What will he play?
Richie’s Dublin gig will be the second in his upcoming European and US tour, with the pop legend playing Belfast the previous evening. With a discography of hits any comparable pop icon would be envious of (Richie had 11 consecutive years where he wrote number one songs in the 1970s and 1980s), there’s no shortage of earworms for Richie and his band to draw from. He played a couple of songs at King Charles’s coronation concert last month, but in his last full gig in Las Vegas last January, here’s what he performed:
- Running with the Night
- Easy / My Love
- Penny Lover
- You Are
- Stuck on You
- Dancing on the Ceiling / Jump
- Three Times a Lady
- Sail On
- Fancy Dancer / Sweet Love / Lady (You Bring Me Up)
- Just to be Close to You
- Endless Love
- Brick House / Fire
- Say You, Say Me
- We Are the World
- All Night Long (All Night)
Are there any tickets left?
At the time of writing there are still tickets available at ticketmaster.ie. Concert-goers are advised to buy tickets from accredited sources only.
What’s the security?
Under 16s attending the concert must be accompanied at all times by an adult. The promoter deems that large outdoor concerts are not a suitable environments for children under five.
Allow time for security checks on the way in. Bags larger than A4 size will not be permitted. All bags may be searched, and this can be time-consuming, so consider going bagless for easier entry. There will be no cloakroom or storage facilities. No alcohol – or food – is allowed into the arena. An Garda Síochána says it will operate a zero-tolerance policy for alcohol consumption in public areas, and for any illegal, criminal or anti-social behaviour.
Other banned items include umbrellas,, garden furniture, selfie sticks, flares, glasses or cans will not be permitted at the event.
Can I take photographs at the concert?
Smartphones and small digital cameras are permitted, but cameras with long or detachable lenses, or recording equipment, are not. GoPros and iPads are also prohibited.
What’s the weather forecast?
Met Éireann is forecasting a sunny but mild evening of about 15 degrees, falling to about 12 degrees after 10pm. But as this is an outdoor concert, be sure to dress appropriately for that volatile ‘Irish Summer’ we know and love.