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Quiz: How well do you know Slane Castle concerts?

Metallica are the latest major act to headline the Meath venue.

Updated Jun 8th 2019, 4:55 PM

This article was originally published when Metallica were announced as headliners last September

THIS WEEK, ROCKERS Metallica were confirmed to play Slane Castle next June.

They’ll join star-studded company as the list of headliners has featured some of music’s biggest names since the first concert there in 1981.

But, how well do you know Slane Castle concerts?

Only one way to find out…

Who headlined the first Slane concert in 1981?
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David Bowie
Thin Lizzy

Dire Straits
The Who
We've all seen Michael D Higgins in this photo from 1984, but who was headlining that year?
Bruce Springsteen

Neil Young
Bob Dylan
How many times have U2 played Slane?
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Why was Bruce Springsteen worried during his performance in 1985?
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He was afraid someone in the crowd would be killed or seriously injured
Tech problems meant his mic could cut out at any moment

His signature guitar had got lost in transit
His drummer had had 15 pints of stout before they went on the stage
Which of these acts *haven't* played Slane twice?

The Charlatans
The Prodigy
What was Liam Gallagher said to have shouted at fans as Oasis closed out their set in 2009?
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Dublin, you've been fucking biblical
Slane, you've been fucking biblical

Ireland, you've been fucking biblical
Noel, you're a pox
Hozier has played a set at Slane: true or false?
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Which of these events happened on the same day as U2's September 2001 gig?
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Galway beat Meath in the All-Ireland football final
Tipperary beat Galway in the All-Ireland hurling final

Ireland beat Holland 1-0 in the football
Ireland drew 1-1 with Portugal in the football
Who did Robbie Williams support the year before he headlined Slane?
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The Verve

Bryan Adams
What was controversial about the Oasis gig in 2009?
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No food stall had a vegetarian option
The venue ran out of booze

Noel and Liam Gallagher got into fisticuffs
The bus situation afterwards was chaos
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Top Dog!
Pawsitively brilliant
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Clever Cat
Almost purrfect
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What are ewe doing!?
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Turtley awful
A shell of a bad effort
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