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Thursday 28 August 2014

Frustration and elation: Thousands of fans attempt to get their hands on Garth Brooks golden tickets

Published 30/01/2014 | 09:34

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It was frustration for many and joy for more this morning as Garth Brooks fans desperately attempted to get their hands on any of the 170,000 that went on sale at 9am.

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While thousands have been queuing for days at venues around the country, tens of thousands more logged onto Ticketmaster this morning in the hope of securing their place at Croke Park in the summer.

However, many were met with waiting times of more than 15 minutes or ‘processing’ screens that seemed to go on and on.

Ticketmaster said it was experiencing high demand. That appears to be an understatement.

The country star has since added a third date to his Irish concerts and is set to play Croke Park on Sunday, July 27. Tickets went on sale immediately.

A straw poll of 10 independent.ie reporters – using the website, the app, phones and physically going to outlets – saw three of our reporters secure tickets to the gig by 10am. Two of those reporters were online and one queued outside the Ticketmaster outlet on Stephen's Green, Dublin.

Outside the Ticketmaster outlet, happy fans were still leaving with tickets as those online were still faced with a frustrating timer.

Fans Sharon Kelly, Danila Burke, Romina Perrozzi, Karen Tynan Kiely, Tracey Rowe, Emily Burke and Grace Breslin pictured with their Garth Brook tickets after queuing for days in Kilkenny
Fans Tracey Rowe and Karen Tynan Kiely from Kilkenny pictured with their Garth Brooks tickets

But there are reports this lunchtime that gardai were called to a queue in Limerick, after disgruntled fans were left disappointed. Independent.ie is investigating these claims.

Ramona Mathews starting queuing outside the Tullamore Bridge centre yesterday at 11am. “It was great craic here now last night, no trouble.”

At 9am this morning, staff came out of the shop and informed the queue that the printing machine “was still going”. Being seventh in the queue, Ramona was one of the lucky few to receive holding tickets, guaranteeing her her six spots at the concert.

The atmosphere in the queue is jubilant this morning. “There’s singing going on here and everything”.

“We’ve a mother and daughter here, a husband and wife… everyone is going with their sisters, their parents.. it’s a real family vibe”.

Ramona is hoping to relive the experience of seeing Garth perform in 1997. “I saw him in 1997… that was a long time ago. Definitely worth it!” 

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