It has been confirmed this morning that there will be no concert this year at Slane Castle.

After the success of Guns ‘n Roses last year it had been hoped to get back to an annual event.

In a January look at the best music events to look forward to this year the New York Times wrote:

“If moving to rock is more your speed than the sounds of classical or opera, head to Ireland for the annual concert at the 18th-century Slane Castle (May), north of Dublin and home to a whisky distillery, Slane Irish Whisky. The event attracts more than 80,000 spectators, and it’s not hard to see why: Rock ‘n’ roll royalty have performed in past years, from Guns ‘n’ Roses and Bon Jovi to Eminem and Kings of Leon. The 2018 band has yet to be announced, but a star name is practically guaranteed.”

Unfortunately, it was confirmed on Twitter at 1130 this morning that there would be no concert in 2018 but that work was already underway on a show for 2019.

This has been a regular occurrence throughout this decade with similar announcements made in each of 2012, 2014 and 2016.

Perhaps it is a case of the old adage that what is rare is precious.