Dublin braced for the Boss ahead of Springsteen gigs

Bruce Springsteen will play Dublin on two nights. Credit: EPA

Rocker Bruce Springsteen is set to play Croke Park in Dublin this weekend, with the promoters issuing advice to the thousands of fans heading to the gigs.

The Boss and his E Street Band will perform at the venue on Friday 27 and Sunday 29 May.

The gigs are part of Springsteen’s River Tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia in January and has already taken him across the US and Canada, Italy and Portugal.

The tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the musician’s1980 album The River and shows have lasted over three hours, featuring a host of classic hits.

In preparation for the massive shows, Aiken Promotions has issued advice to concert goers.

  • Gates open at 5pm

  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be on stage at 7pm

  • There is no support act

  • Beware bogus ticket sellers

Croke Park is a residential area and all patrons attending the concerts are asked to respect the local community.

The stadium’s community officer and community team will be on duty each concert night.

A freephone community hotline is also available to local residents who wish to bring any concert-related matter to the stadium’s attention.

No early queuing on the streets will be allowed in the vicinity of Croke Park and early arrivals will be turned away.

Further safety advice has also been issued and gig-goers should note that the venue reserves the right to refuse admission without refund to anyone who fails to comply.

  • Under 14s are NOT allowed on the pitch, either accompanied or unaccompanied

  • All under 16s attending the concert MUST be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian aged over 18

  • Free TAG-A-KID safety wristbands will be available at customer care points both outside and inside the venue which have a space for parents/guardians to write a contact number and seat number

  • Items not allowed include umbrellas, alcohol, food, cameras with more than a 1ins lens, banners or flags larger than A4, fireworks, flashlights, glowsticks, laser pointers, selfie sticks, and video cameras

The concerts are outdoor events and will take place rain or shine.

Tickets need to be checked for the correct route from which to approach the venue and will have to be presented outside the stadium for inspection - strict security checks will be in operation.

Concert-goers are strongly advised to arrive early and to use public transport as traffic delays are inevitable. It is recommended that people add at least 1.5hours to their normal journey time.

Late rail services (Maynooth & Dundalk rail lines) and DART services will operate after the concert.

Special train services will operate from Heuston Station: Limerick and Cork with stops at Portlaoise, Limerick Jnt, Mallow &Charleville at 12.30am; Galway with stops at Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Athenry & Oranmore at 12.30am.

Additional Dart and Commuter services will also operate.

Further information on services is available at www.irishrail.ie or phone 1850 366 222.

There is a planned Luas stoppage on Friday 27 May due to strike action.

Luas red line services between Jervis Street and the Point will be affected by Luas cross city works on Sunday May 29.