Florence + The Machine & Snow Patrol in Phoenix Park

Monday, July 9, 2012

What an amazing concert!  

The concert was held in Phoenix Park which, as I’ve mentioned before, is the largest urban park in Europe.  It is massive.  As some of my friends discovered, it took well over 45 minutes walking from the entrance of the park to reach the concert ground, and there was still probably another 25 minutes of walking before you’d reach the other end. 
Entering the concert grounds
Now, you may be wondering what an outdoor concert in Ireland is like.  One word: MUD.  Mud, mud, mud everywhere.  There were warnings that everyone should wear their “wellies”.  I don’t have any wellies here in Ireland but I did have a pair of €5 Penny’s shoes that I bought a size too small. I’ve wanted to get some use out of them before leaving them behind to return home.  This was the perfect occasion.  I just accepted and embraced the fact that I was going to be covered in mud and fully enjoyed it!
So many wellies
Still 10x cleaner than they were by the end of the night
Irish creativity at it's finest
The full line up of the concert was:

Here We Go Magic
We Are Augustines
The Temper Trap
Florence + The Machine
Snow Patrol

While I would have loved to see all the acts, I knew that standing for 8 hours would not have been enjoyable and, seeing the way I feel today, I’m very happy with that decision.

We arrived while The Temper Trap was playing so I like to think they were playing our entrance music.  The three songs of theirs we heard were all great.

Then there was Florence and the Machine.  How can I fully describe Florence in words?  I don’t know if it’s possible.  It’s so rare to find someone who sounds as good in real life as they do on an album and it’s next to impossible to find someone who sounds even better, but she does!  She is just phenomenal.  Aside from singing amazingly, she also really got into the show.  There is nothing worse than paying money to see someone who just looks bored or drunk on stage.  She was also super classy and was drinking Guinness out of a champagne flute.

Snow Patrol was also awesome.  I was really there to see Florence, but Snow Patrol was an added bonus.  They, too, were just as good, if not better, than their recorded sound. By then the sun had set and the lights and lasers were flashing and everyone was having a great time. 
Snow Patrol! 
So, overall this was an amazing concert.  As muddy and gross as we all got, the atmosphere was amazing and, aside from the random drunk people stepping on the poor short girl's (my) toes, it was still a wonderful time.  (The previous night there had been some “issues” but everything about this crowd was great!)
Cold, muddy, wet, and sore but so happy!
Ditto to the above caption!


  1. love that Irish creativity with the plastic bag!
    it's been a long time since the last time i saw music concert

    1. The Irish are pretty impressive like that!

  2. I am so jealous! My dream place to visit is Ireland. I'm a new follower from the gfc blog hop. I host a weekly link party on Wednesdays and I'd love for you to join in some time.

    1. I would highly recommend a visit to Ireland if you ever get the chance. And I'd love to join in on your link party!

  3. I love the title of your blog!!! Newest follower from the GFC hop!

    1. Thank you! I debated between few titles but this one just seemed to fit perfectly... and you really can't go wrong quoting Tolkien!

  4. Wow, that's a lot of mud! It looks like a lot of fun though! Bet Snow Patrol was awesome!

    1. Surprisingly the mud just made it even more fun! And Snow Patrol was amazing!

  5. Ahh! I love Florence and Temper Trap! Looks like an amazing time!

    1. It was about as close to a perfect concert as you could get I'd say!

  6. Hi there! New follower, hopping over from the Blog Hop.

    Love your title and the concert post. Huge music fan here! I actually blogged about Snow Patrol & Florence and the machine just the other day!

    Will be following,
    ~ Lauren