75,000 people are expected to arrive into Slane on Saturday next to see Metallica, Gardai said at their press briefing in Slane Castle today.
The heavy metal legends are back in Ireland for their first gig here in over a decade. They will be supported by Swedish black metal band Ghost, Belfast natives Stiff Little Fingers, Norwegian stoner punks Bokassa, and Dublin band Fangclub. Metallica are on tour promoting their tenth studio album Hardwired...To Self Destruct.
Promoters are encouraging people to make their travel arrangements in advance given the huge crowds expected. Dublin Bus are running a shuttle bus from Western Way every 30 minutes from 11am to 4pm. Tickets are available for €40 from Ticketmaster. These are only available until June 3rd. Marathon coaches have a service departing from Custom House Quay, also every 30 minutes from 11-4. These can be found here.
People are strongly advised to use public transport if at all possible, but if you are driving to the event, you are advised to plan your route carefully; Slane village will be closed off. You are also required to book a car parking space online, which costs €20.
Owner of the castle, Henry Mountcharles encouraged people to be respectful of Slane village, and keep away from the river. Two people drowned in the Boyne trying to swim to the REM concert in 1995.