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Rolling Stones at Croke Park: Everything you need to know

Ronnie Wood (L) Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) on stage (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)
Ronnie Wood (L) Mick Jagger (C) and Keith Richards (R) on stage (Photo by Fiona Goodall/Getty Images)

The Rolling Stones will kick off their No Filter European tour at Croke Park in Dublin on Thursday, May 17.

Thousands of fans from all over the island of Ireland are expected to descend on the city to watch the iconic rockers perform their string of hits.

Ahead of the huge outdoor gig, promoters Aiken have issued some advice for those attending the concert, plus Translink have published details of how they will be helping fans from Northern Ireland enjoy the show.

So if you are lucky enough to have a ticket to the huge event, here's everything you need to know.

What time does the concert kick off?

Doors will open at Croke Park from 5pm, with support act The Academic expected on stage from 7pm. They will be followed by The Rolling Stones.

Early queuing will not be permitted in the streets around Croke Park.

This is a residential area and ticket holders are asked to please respect the privacy of the residents and the local community.

What security measures will be in place at Croke Park?

Concert goer are being advised to travel light to Croke Park with Aiken suggesting fans "just bring your ticket, phone and some cash or card".

Further security advice includes:

  • If you must bring a bag, it needs to be small - no bigger than A5 - just enough to carry some money/cards, phone and life’s essentials.
  • Bags over A5 size will not be permitted. Please do not bring a bag unless it is totally necessary.
  • Bags under A5 size will be subject to a search which will result in unnecessary queueing. People without bags will be fast-tracked.
  • Only cameras smaller than A5 will be admitted.
  • All patrons will be subject to a ‘pat-down’ search before being admitted to the venue.
  • There are left luggage facilities available throughout the city, these include:  The Abbey Court Hostel, 29 Bachelor's Walk, Dublin 1, Dublin 24hrs, Ned Kelly Sports club, 43 O' Connell Street Upper 24hrs, Tipperary House, 7 Parkgate Street, Dublin, Ireland. (Opp. Heuston Train Station) 8am to 1am, Excess Baggage Group Ltd, Car Park Atrium, Terminal 1, Dublin Airport 5am to 1am
  • Luggage is left at owners risk.

Are there any more tickets available for the concert?

A limited number of tickets are available from Ticketmaster outlets Nationwide and and some may be available at the box office on the day. Credit Card Bookings 0818 719 300 (ROI) / 0844 277 445 (NI) / 00353 818 903 001 (INTL)

Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones performs on stage (Anthony Devlin/PA)
Mick Jagger from The Rolling Stones performs on stage (Anthony Devlin/PA)

Ticketmaster is the official ticket seller for this event. Please don’t fall victim to bogus tickets.

Only purchase tickets from Ticketmaster / which is the authorised seller of tickets for this event. Anyone presenting a bogus ticket will be refused entry to the concert.  

What will the weather be like when the concert is taking place?

So far, it's looking good.

Early forecasts say it will be a mix of sunshine and cloud with very little chance of rain.

However keep watch on the weather forecast and dress accordingly. Umbrellas will not be allowed inside the venue.

I am attending the concert with someone who is under 16 - what do I need to know?

Under 16's must be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian attending the event who will remain with them and take full responsibility for them throughout the duration of the concert.

Ronnie Wood and Kieth Richards of The Rolling Stones (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Ronnie Wood and Kieth Richards of The Rolling Stones (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Under 14's are NOT allowed on the pitch either accompanied or unaccompanied.

Anyone aged 14− 16 years with Pitch standing Tickets must be accompanied by an adult to gain access to the Pitch standing area.

There will be FREE TAG-A-CHILD safety wristbands which will be available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venue.

Parents/guardians attending with young children are encouraged to avail of these white wristbands which have space for parents/guardians to write a contact number and seat number. The purpose of these wristbands is to help reuniting lost children with parent/guardian should your child become separated from you within the venue.

Will there be any special transport from Northern Ireland for the concert?

Yes, Translink will be putting on a special coaches to the concert from Belfast and Derry.

All info can be found at

An Garda Siochana have devised a traffic management plan for this concert. For full details please check the following website:

If you are driving, please use city centre car parks: details of which can be found on the parking and taxis section of

For further information on public transport, please visit:,,

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