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Ed Sheeran 'would have sold out a third gig in Croke Park'

Paul Healy

Published 21/07/2015 | 02:30

Ed Sheeran plays Croke Park this Friday and Saturday
Ed Sheeran plays Croke Park this Friday and Saturday
Disappointed: concert promoter Peter Aiken
Ed Sheeran

Concert promoter Peter Aiken has expressed his disappointment at not being able to stage a third Ed Sheeran gig.

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The solo artist sold out Croke Park for two nights, but Aiken Promotions is not able to stage more than three gigs at the venue each year.

The Script headlined the stadium last month.

Mr Aiken said that he felt the situation was not a fair reflection of how concerts are booked each year.

He said that while one year there might be three gigs available, another year might only have one.

"It shows that the business comes in cycles," he said.

He said that he had "no doubt" that he would have sold out Croke Park a third time for Mr Sheeran.

"It would have been great if there was an opportunity to do three shows, but that's the way it is," he said.

Ed Sheeran will take to the stage of Croke Park this Friday, July 24 and Saturday July 25.

The organisers say that the gigs could generate more than €37m.

Some 165 gardaí will be on duty for the events, while a warning has been issued to fans to be aware that fake tickets are in circulation.

Fans are also warned that 'selfie sticks' have been banned at the event, due to safety concerns.

Irish Independent

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