Residents bid to halt Garth Brooks gigs

Published Friday, 14 February 2014
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Concert promoters for Garth Brooks' five gigs at Croke Park in July have been told by local residents that they will not tolerate the area being in lockdown.

Residents bid to halt Garth Brooks gigs
Country singer Garth Brooks at Croke Park. (© PA)

A total of nine major events are planned for the GAA's headquarters over the summer.

Residents claim management at Croke Park are in breach of an earlier agreement which states that only three special events can be held per year.

Country music legend Garth Brooks has sold 400,000 tickets in record time for his concerts.

Last month, the Tomorrow Never Comes singer announced he would play two gigs at the venue ahead of embarking on a world tour. The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event was set to take place on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 July.

However, when the gigs went on sale a third date - Sunday 27 July - was added with all three dates selling out inside 90 minutes.

The following week, a fourth date was announced, followed by a fifth. They were also snapped up in record time, and now Brooks is set to perform for five nights in a row at the stadium.

One Direction already have three concerts scheduled, and an American Football game will also be staged at the city centre stadium.

Residents want the number of major concerts being held addressed urgently and, earlier this week, held a meeting with concert promoters to air their views.

Local resident Robbie Cousins said that anything more than three big events a year is unacceptable.

"We live within what is, I suppose, the cordoned off, or lockdown area, around Croke Park. We get locked in - or locked out - of our community around [ the time of] these events.

"And it is very stressful for people living in the area on the actual event days themselves.

"People have moved into this area in the last few years and you can say, 'If you live beside Croke Park, you have to accept what goes with it."

Mr Cousins said that their quality of life is suffering due to the frequency of big concerts close to their homes.

"But, you know, we accept to a certain degree match days happen and there's a nice feel around the area. But these events are just massive in their scale - the number of people going through our community late at night is incredible."

Speaking on the meeting, Alan Milton, GAA Head of Media Relations, said: "We had an initial meeting with some local community groups and residents last night. We will be making no further comment to the media while we continue our consultative process."

Aiken Promotions said following the meeting it would not be commenting while the consultative process was ongoing.

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9 Comments
not a brooks fan in norn iron wrote (309 days ago):
Get over yourselves there could be riots going on,then you would have something to cry about.People are enjoying their lives and getting on with it.The word petulant springs to mind.
Michael in Belfast wrote (309 days ago):
It is understood that millions of pounds profit is to be made through hosting these concerts. Is Croke Park a CONCERT stadium first and a sports stadium in second place ? Maybe there is a lot more dosh in concerts than GAA sports these days. Is Casement Park to be a massive CONCERT stadium as a primary function ? Total solidarity with the residents in Dublin who have to contend with this arrogance. Solidarity also with the people of Andersonstown in Belfast who maybe don't know yet what horror is coming their way with the new C / Park.
dgdhhvxfb in Belfast wrote (309 days ago):
ha ha ha ha ha
Sami in Belfast wrote (309 days ago):
Do these people not realise if they create havoc, no promoters or artists will want to play Croke Park?? They could br driving away lots of money that the country needs!!
Newtownabbey in Newtownabbey wrote (309 days ago):
If a few concerts were done in Belfast, it would save people from Northern Ireland having to go to Croke Park. It is costing people here big money, buying tickets, travelling to Dublin and have to pay ridiculous money for a hotel.
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