Slane is set to rock as Harry Styles becomes the first act since Bruce Springstein in 1985 to play the iconic venue as part of a world tour.

This  year though the nature of the act has seen more family groups than normal heading down the iconic Slane slope.

On behalf of our readers, (yes honestly), Meath Live did a whistle stop tour of Slane pubs on Friday night and while all three were thronged everybody seemed to know each other, although we did encounter a father, mother, and two teen daughters from Tubbercurry in Sligo. A garden centre in celebridge was also a big attraction.

The drink was retailing at around €7 for a pint of Guinness and was in such demand that it reminded us of a line from an old timer years ago when advised the price of the pint had gone up in a budget.

Supping from his stout he remarked, ‘As long as they don’t stop making it!’

Early doors on Saturday the village was quiet and when we wandered down to the concert site itself, it’s amazing how far you can get with a hard neck and a reasonable excuse, there was a scene of organised chaos.

In short everyone knew what they were meant to be doing but nobody knew what anyone else was meant to be doing.

Security, mainly with strong Northern Ireland accents, was omnipresent but relaxed and a guy called Bock proved the immovable object that denied access backstage but did so in such a friendly way you couldn’t argue with him.

It’s sunny but not overly warm in Slane at 1.30

The gates open in half an hours time and punters can prepare to be blinded by feather boas in a variety of colours.

Let battle commence.

Styles at Slane the queue