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3,000 tickets for Neil Diamond Aviva gig still not sold

Published 23/06/2011 | 07:50

Workers prepare the Aviva Stadium for a concert
Workers prepare the Aviva Stadium for a concert

THOUSANDS of tickets are still for sale for Saturday's concert by legendary pop singer Neil Diamond.

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Despite a massive marketing campaign and his recent appearance on 'The Late Late Show', thousands of tickets remain unsold for his one-night gig at Dublin's Aviva Stadium.

Promoters MCD said last night that "around 3,000" remain unsold.

Some 37,000 tickets -- ranging in price from €65.70 to €99.50 plus booking fee and tax -- have been sold for the 40,000-capacity show.

Despite this, MCD said Ireland remains "his biggest market in the world", with more fans per capita here than anywhere in the world.

The singer (70) has played dozens of concerts here since his first gig at Croke Park in 1984.

He will be supported by 'X Factor' star Mary Byrne.

The performance will be the third concert hosted by the stadium since last summer's inaugural concert by crooner Michael Buble which was plagued by sound problems.

However, stadium director Martin Murphy said the glitches had been ironed out.

There will also be a special prize for the millionth person that goes through the turnstiles on Saturday, he added.

Gardai are urging concert-goers to abide by a special traffic management plan that will be put in place in the area.

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