The Killers have always been one of my all-time favourite bands so when I heard they were playing Phoenix Park this Summer I knew I had to go, writes Kayleigh Campbell.

I haven’t heard much from them in recent years, they seem to have drifted off the chart radar apart from a few random hits like ‘Runaways’ – but their classic hits like ‘Mr Brightside’ and ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ will never get old.

I was beyond excited to go, but some of my friends were more sceptical, saying they hadn’t released anything great in ages.

I wasn’t bothered though, I knew the concert would be good craic regardless – and any excuse to go to Dublin and do some shopping was grand with me!

When we arrived in Dublin, Ireland’s mini heat wave was in full swing. It was absolutely scorching and everybody around the city was in good form, there was a buzz about the place for sure.

My friend and I got ready as quickly as possible and headed to Phoenix Park, where the concert was being held.

Having never attended a concert in Phoenix Park before, I wasn’t prepared for the long walk set to ensue. It literally took us about 40 minutes to get from the gates to the actual concert venue!

It was all worth it in the end though as when we got there was a really nice-sized crowd: not too packed so you could move about easily, but definitely far from empty!

Being the typical Irish teenagers we are, we headed straight to the bar, but were left severely disappointed to discover that the only alcoholic beverages available were measly miniature wine bottles that were over €6 a pop and pints of beer.

Naturally, we hit the beer. It was a struggle though, with both of us only managing two pints each before giving up – but at least we remember the concert I suppose!

Good support

The supporting acts were brilliant, in particular Frank Ocean, who I hadn’t heard much about before. I’ll definitely be listening to more of his stuff from now on.

Two Door Cinema Club and Haim also didn’t disappoint.

Then it was time for the main act themselves. They burst onto the stage and the crowd just went insane.

Even if you weren’t a major Killers fan I think you would have found it hard not to get caught up in the buzz of the place.

The atmosphere was unreal with people of all ages enjoying the music in the sunshine.

They played some classic tunes such as ‘All These Things That I've Done’, ‘Read My Mind’ and ‘Spaceman’ and then went on to play some of their newer tracks like ‘Miss Atomic Bomb’ and ‘Runaways’.

They played some stuff that I had never heard of before as well and it was actually really good, it definitely reignited my interest in the band and I’ve been listening to some of their newer music since.

Brandon Flowers simply made the concert. He was lively and energetic throughout. I’d safely say nearly every girl left that concert a little bit in love with him!

The Killers left the stage and of course did the classic “concert’s over, goodbye everyone…okay one more song!’’ charade.


The final track they played was probably their greatest hit, ‘Mr Brightside’. The whole of Phoenix Park erupted, everyone just literally went wild!

Some poor girl in front of us went a bit too wild – she pretty much collapsed on the ground as the song was coming to an end, through drink (or something stronger, I’m not too sure). Anyway, she was carried through the crowd by her friends. Such a waste of money for a night she’ll never remember!

I really didn’t want the concert to end, it was one of the best I’ve ever been to and the good weather really helped, I don’t think it would have been half as much fun if we had been standing in the pouring rain, as per usual in Ireland.

As night fell on Phoenix Park, the walk from the concert felt a million times shorter than the walk in, mostly because we were still on a rush from the whole thing.

Since I’ve been home I’ve started listening to The Killers a lot more, new material included. It’s fair to say they’re one of the best live bands around and probably deserve a lot more media coverage than they’ve been getting in recent years.

Their concert was a night to remember for sure and worth every penny. Even the rank beer - it was all part of the experience!