The Rolling Stones set for Slane Castle

Big Dublin shows planned for summer

The Rolling Stones are set to play this year’s Slane Castle Festival on August 18.

The band – who were the biggest grossing live act in the world last year – played their last outdoor gig in Ireland in 1982, when they headlined Slane.

They had been scheduled to bring their ‘A Bigger Bang’ tour to Phoenix Park in 2006, but were forced to cancel as the result of a legal row between rival promoters MCD and Aiken Promotions.

There are also strong rumours that Slane will stage a second major gig at the same venue in September. According to reports, efforts are being made to bring The Police to Slane Castle on September 1.

Should this happen, then it will be the first time in the venue’s history that it staged two gigs by two different headliners in the same year.

Madonna was the last act to headline the 80,000 capacity venue, appearing there in 2004.

A concert by Eminem was cancelled in 2005 with only weeks to go and is now the subject of legal action.

Previous headliners have included R.E.M, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and U2, while The Verve played their final ever gig at the venue in 1998.