Slane 2012 Cancelled
It has been announced on twitter that Slane 2012 will not go ahead. This is the second major musical event to be postponed, with Oxegen 2012 also being cancelled. Both are set to return in 2013. Music fans still have Electric Picnic 2012 to look forward to with headline acts THE CURE, THE KILLERS, ELBOW, SIGUR RÓS, CHRISTY MOORE, ORBITAL, HOT CHIP and THE XX.
The Slane Concert is one of the biggest rock events in Ireland. Starting in 1981 with the headline act of Thin Lizzy with U2, Hazel O'Connor, Rose Tattoo, Sweet Savage, The Bureau and Megahype. 1982 saw The Rolling Stones with The J. Geils Band, The Chieftains and George Thorogood and the Deserters. The '80s continued with headline acts U2, Bod Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Queen and David Bowie. It took a break for 5 years and return in 1992.
In the '90s headliners included Guns N' Roses, Neil Young, R.E.M, The Verve and Robbie Williams. The concert took a break in 1994, 1996 and 1997.
The first decade of the century saw headliners, Bryan Adams, U2, Stereophonics, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Madonna, Celtic Woman, The Rolling Stones (25 years after their first appearance at the concert) and Oasis. The concert took two breaks in 2005 and 2008.
There has so far only been one Slane Concert in the 2010s with the 30th anniversary concert being headlined by Kings of Leon in 2011. According to the official Twitter account "2013 will be busy".