Battle against rain for concerts in Phoenix Park


Battle against rain for concerts in Phoenix Park
Gotta give it some welly

Wear wellies coming to the event

The team behind the three big concerts in the Phoenix Park this weekend are working hard to ensure the ground isn't extremely wet when the crowds arrive.

The Stone Roses kick off the run of concerts in Dublin on Thursday and Swedish House Mafia and Snow Patrol will headline across the weekend.

Event controller Louis Harte said: "We are in the middle of a beautiful Irish summer so we would encourage people to bear that in mind. Wear wellies coming to the event.

"The ground conditions are being tended at the moment. We are working hard with the office of public works to ensure that the ground conditions are as safe as possible.

"We are using a couple of different methods to alleviate the surface water that may accumulate so we have a couple of specialist tools out there at the moment.

"We use a tool called the Shatter Master which basically cuts fissures into the ground surface and encourages drainage. We also use a tool called the VertiDrainer which is like a garden spike on steroids."

The organisers insisted that the current wet spell is not a problem for them as they have managed bad weather before.

He added: "We've successfully managed our way through a lot of bad weather over the years. Oxegen always had it's rain."

The organisers expect that 45,000 will crowd into the Phoenix Park for each concert and only a limited number of tickets are available for the three shows. It is estimated that the shows are worth between €20m and €25m to the city as the recent run of shows in Croke Park were worth €50m to the economy.

Oxegen is not taking place this year but will return next year and the team insisted that the weekend of concerts is not a replacement for the weekend festival.

MCD spokesman Justin Green said: "I think they are single day events, completely different. Itís taking a year off like Glastonbury so we are looking forward to it coming back next year."

Fans have been warned that there will be no parking in the Phoenix Park and they are encouraged to take public transport to the concerts.

Strictly over 17s only will be admitted to Swedish House Mafia and under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to The Stone Roses and Snow Patrol.

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