Yesterday on another lovely sunny day in Ireland, we made our way to the Phoenix Park for the Gentlemen of the Road tour. The security was everywhere and it was harder than I’ve ever experienced to get into a gig! I guess they learned their lesson from last years’ debacle. Aerosols and food were a no-no and were confiscated and all bags were searched several times. It appeared that they had gotten a security firm from the UK.

We could hear Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros ‘Home’ echoing around the park as we made our way in and there was even a spot that you could see the stage outside the venue – perfect for those without tickets. The venue is in the middle of the park so it’s a long walk in. When we eventually got in, the place was already jammed and seemed to be a little claustrophobic. The sun was also very hot even for six o clock so we treated ourselves to some ice-cream. The Vaccines took to the stage and we watched them while sun-bathing. Ben Howard was next and I was impressed with his set. I originally thought he might be too sedate but he put on a good performance.

The sun was setting when Mumford and sons took to the stage to a very enthusiastic and happy crowd who bounced along happily singing all the words. It was a beautiful evening in Dublin and Mumford and co looked happy to be there. The atmosphere will never equal seeing them in the Olympia – one of my favourite ever gigs or even the o2. The icing on the cake was the encore and their version of Galway Girl. I couldn’t think of a nicer way to end the gig inviting all the bands who had played including Ham Sandwich on stage to play an Irish song with them. We went into the dark, warm night happy out.

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