Otherkin lead singer, local lad Luke Reilly, with local Lord, Henry Mountcharles, at Slane Castle this morning when security and traffic details of the Guns ‘n Roses concert on May 27th were announced. Picture: Andy Spearman.
When Guns ‘n’ Roses first played Slane Castle in 1992 local boy Luke Reilly was just a year old. In just over a week’s time the former St. Oliver’s Community College student will lead his band “Otherkin” on stage as the opening act at this year’s Slane Rock Festival with his childhood idols Guns ‘n' Roses topping the bill.
Earlier today, at the press conference to announce security and traffic details of this year’s mammoth concert, Luke was in his element as he walked in the footsteps of rock royalty posing for photos with Henry Mountcharles who, though he’s done it many times before, still loves having the greats of the rock world playing on his front lawn.
He (Luke) didn’t seem in any way fazed by the experience ahead of him, in fact he seemed quite nonchalant about it.
He told the Drogheda Life rock reporter who, like most of the Guns ‘n’ Roses line-up, is old enough to be his father, that he and the other members of Otherkin – Connor Wynne (guitar), David Anthony (bass) and Rob Summons (drums) - have become used to playing in front of big-ish crowds having played at festivals all over Ireland, the UK and Europe.
“We’re the first band on stage at Slane so there’ll probably only be about 15,000 – 20,000 of a crowd when we play which is grand” he said. “The most we ever played to before was 10-15,000 in France which was fantastic.
“Opening for Guns ‘n’ Roses is a big thrill for me though, I was a big fan when I was younger” the 26 year old said.
Today’s press conference was a joint venture between the Gardaí, promoters MCD and Lord Henry who owns the hall, it’s purpose was to outline the traffic, parking and security arrangements at the sell-out concert which is expected to be attended by 80,000 plus people.
Gardai are advising that concert-goers avail of public transport wherever possible. “There will be delays” warned Garda Superintendent Michael Devin of Navan.
He said that this year there was a new colour-coded system of identifying car parks to avoid repetition of previous years when many people got caught up in the excitement and forgot the number of the car park they were in.
All the relevant information is on a FREE Guns ’n’ Roses/Slane Castle APP which, if you register which colour car park or coach park you’re in, will use the wonders of GPS technology to guide you home should you get a bit confused during the day.
Everyone that downloads the APP will be entered into a draw with the chance to win a VIP upgrade for the concert or two tickets for a future MCD concert of your choice.
Basically the message is: “download the APP, stay safe, and have a great day”.
The organiser advise you not to bring any of the following for fear of having them confiscated and not returned:
Anyone resisting confiscation of restricted items may be evicted.