Aiken considers suing over Brooks gigs

Published Wednesday, 16 July 2014
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The promoter for the axed Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park is considering legal action for compensation after claiming he and the country singer have lost millions as a result of the flop.

Aiken considers suing over Brooks gigs
Country singer Garth Brooks at a press event at Croke Park. (© PA)

Speaking before a parliamentary hearing in Dublin, Peter Aiken said he was consulting with his lawyers about suing those he blames for the collapse of the five-night extravaganza which was scheduled for the end of July.

It has been estimated that 400,000 Garth Brooks fans in Dublin over five nights would have been worth €50m to the economy.

On Wednesday Mr Aiken dismissed suggestions he earned a significant sum from interest on the ticket sales - saying that he had paid out deposits for equipment and accommodation for a massive entourage.

"I'm down a seven figure [sum] on this," he told TDs. "And Garth Brooks is going to be out millions."

"The licence system is what it is, I've followed the same process that I've followed for years in Dublin, as well as other counties around Ireland," he continued.

"It is a well-established custom and practice to sell tickets subject to licence, there was never a discussion on the number of shows being reduced only on the impact five nights would have.

"I accept the procedure and the elements of the process were correctly followed but I feel...the decision was wrong."

Croke Park chief Peter McKenna also told the hearing that he was assured in a private telephone conversation with city manager Owen Keegan that the five gigs would get the go-ahead.

Mr Keegan remains adamant that the original decision to grant a licence for only three of the concerts was balanced, appropriate and reasonable.

On Tuesday, he denied any verbal assurances on a five-night run, and said Aiken Promotions were warned it was a "big ask".

Mr McKenna said the only way to go ahead would be an uncontested judicial review but the hearing was told Mr Keegan would vigorously contest any such action.

Dublin City Council chiefs have said they looked at compromises on three separate occasions after initially blocking two of the shows, which included options to stage three concerts at Croke Park and two elsewhere.

The country singer rejected an offer of two matinee shows and three night-time concerts saying it "cannot possibly compare" to the original five-night run.

The ticket return process will begin on Thursday at 9am through Ticketmaster.

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18 Comments
Peter in Finaghy, Belfast wrote (96 days ago):
Totally Bored of this. Dublin city council couldn't organise a Women's Institute of Ireland tea party let alone this. but let's move on. Also the law suits..would Peter Aiken EVER wind his neck in please. Get on with life. It's over. Fini. End.
John in Liverpool wrote (96 days ago):
Julie, don't be silly, Dublin is a world city. It will always attract the worlds best. Dublin has already moved on. The city is booming again
P****doff in County Antrim wrote (96 days ago):
Do we get a refund of exactly what we paid as the euro rate is different now???
in Portadown wrote (97 days ago):
I agree with comments above regarding 'greed and throwing dummy out of pram'. Subject to License!!!!!!!!!! They were not granted! Get over it I liked Brookes before all this, however, now if he was playing in my garden id pull the curtains!!!!
joey in belfast wrote (97 days ago):
Anyone else bored with this?
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