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Atmosphere at AC/DC’s Irish show is bound to be electric

By Maureen Coleman

Thousands of music fans will be boarding the Rock ’n’ Roll Train to Dublin this weekend for one of the biggest outdoor concerts of the summer — AC/DC.

The High Voltage gig will take place on Sunday at Punchestown Racecourse — home of next month’s three-day Oxegen Festival.

Weather experts are predicting a warm and dry day with temperatures in the low 20s.

It’s a welcome return to Ireland for the legendary rockers whose O2 show in Dublin earlier this year sold out within three minutes.

Supporting at Punchestown will be Dublin act The Blizzards and Northern Ireland’s own rock outfit The Answer, who have accompanied AC/DC on their recent tour of North America and Europe.

Thin Lizzy had been due to be on the support bill but were replaced by The Blizzards after drummer Tommy Aldridge broke his collarbone in a cycling accident.

Up to 80,000 rock fans are expected to pack into the outdoor venue including long-time AC/DC fans who have followed them throughout the decades and a new generation of long-haired headbangers.

MCD Promotions have advised concert-goers to use public transport and the park and ride facilities.

Those driving are being urged to car-pool. There are two on-site car parks at Punchestown — Red and Blue. Concert-goers with parking passes should follow road signs Concert Traffic Blue Route to access the Blue Car Park or Concert Traffic Red Route to access the Red Car Park.

People travelling from Dublin should use the Red Route, while those opting for park and ride should take either the Blue or Red Route and follow signs to park and ride at Goffs. There will be a free shuttle bus provided from here to the gig.

A spokesman also recommended fans plan their journey in advance, allowing at least an extra three hours’ travel time to and from the venue.

Fans using public transport are also advised to buy their bus tickets in advance.

Both Dublin Bus and Bus Eireann countrywide will be running return services to the event. Bus tickets are available from over 100 Ticketmaster outlets nationwide.

AC/DC were formed in the early 1970s in Sydney, Australia, by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. In 1980 lead singer Bon Scott died and was replaced by Brain Johnston on vocals.

The band is expected to play all the fans’ favourites including Highway To Hell, Whole Lotta Rosie, You Shook Me All Night Long and Hell’s Bells.

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