Page last updated at 12:24 GMT, Tuesday, 9 September 2008 13:24 UK

Concert latest victim of deluge

Waterlogged Lugalla - LHP/PA Wire
The concert has become the latest victim of the bad weather

A concert in County Wicklow has become the latest victim of the recent spate of miserable weather.

The A Day In The Life concert, featuring German electronica veterans Kraftwerk, was scheduled for Luggala estate this Saturday.

It was to be the first concert ever held in the historic estate, - owned by Guinness heir Garech Browne.

But the promoters, POD Concerts, said that the venue will be moved to Kilmainham in Dublin.

With the site too waterlogged to build a stage and further adverse conditions forecast they said the decision was unavoidable.

John Reynolds of POD said the same concert, to include a two-hour Kraftwerk set, would now take place in a tented structure at the Imma venue in Kilmainham.

"I am personally deeply disappointed that this event cannot take place on the Luggala estate, which is one of the most awe-inspiring and breathtaking locations in Ireland.

"However, due to the unprecedented rainfall and the nature of the site being a natural valley, the subsequent waterlogging conditions have made it impossible to prepare Luggala for a concert for the general public," he said.

The promoter and Mr Browne met on Saturday and decided to pull the event after a river which flows into Lough Dan overflowed and flooded meadows on the estate.

Ticket holders have been offered a full refund if they do not want to go to the Kilmainham gig. Included in the original 90 price was a 20 bus transfer fee, which will be refunded to all those who go to the relocated event.

The concert was named A Day In The Life in memory of Garech's brother, Tara Browne, whose fatal car crash in 1966 was immortalised in The Beatles song of the same name.

Continuing heavy rain has also left thousands of acres of farmland in the west of Ireland flooded.

The Irish Farmers' Association said this year's barley harvest is particularly at risk but dairy farmers are also running out OF pastureland, much of which is now under water.

An IFA spokesman said farmers in East Galway in the Shannon basin are among the worst hit.

More misery has been predicted for this week with the tail end of tropical storm Hanna forecast to catch Ireland on Wednesday.





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