There was a flurry of activity on social media this morning, as speculation mounted that Patti Smith's Dublin show was not going to go ahead. But thankfully, a statement from organisers in the last few minutes has clarified that this won't be the case.
Instead, due to inclement weather and a scary-looking forecast from Met Éireann, the show will now take place across a rather unusual two-tent setup instead of the Main Stage.
According to organisers:
This hugely anticipated show, initially set to take place on the outdoor Main Stage at the Royal Hospital is now being staged in two tented structures at the Royal Hospital. As of this morning, the official Met Eireann forecast for today indicates that ‘Winds will increase during the afternoon, with strong to gale force southerly winds and some severe gusts likely... Winds will veer westerly and decrease in the evening.’
In light of the inclement weather and gale force winds, two adjoining stages in two tented structures will be used for tonight’s show, with two artists performing in each one, none of which will clash with each other’s performance.
Jenny Headen, PR
The lineup is now as follows:
- New Secret Weapon: 6pm - 6:30pm (Tent 2)
- Ariel Pink: 6:40pm - 7:40pm (Tent 1)
- Spiritualized: 7:55pm - 9:05pm (Tent 2)
- Patti Smith 9:15pm - 10:45pm (Tent 1)
Bit of a curveball at the last minute – but you have to admire any gig organisers who are able to pull together a change like this at such incredibly short notice. On a Bank Holiday!
Right, back to getting in the mood for the show...