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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Garth Brooks concert promoter insists they informed Dublin City Council on five-gig run

Published 04/07/2014 | 16:12

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Aiken Promotions have again stressed that they kept Dublin City Council informed of their plans for the Garth Brooks concerts since January.

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A detailed statement issued by the company outlines the planning process they drew up for the concerts and their submission to the council.

They have insisted that council officials were aware of their plans since Garth Brooks’ highly publicised press conference in January in which he announced he was to play a series of concerts in Croke Park.

The statement, which was issued just before 4pm, was issued by the promoters “in order to clarify recent reports”.

Aiken said they followed all procedures, stating “it is standard practise in Ireland to inform the licencing authority, then to announce an event and then to put the tickets on sale in advance of a detailed licence application begin submitted”.

The promoters said an application for a license for the event must be submitted ten weeks prior to the event.

In this case, the application was submitted to the council 14 weeks before the concerts were scheduled to begin.

Aiken said they provided all the information required in the licensing application including statistics on the stadium layout, the impact on the local environment, sanitation, stewarding and traffic management.

“It takes time in order to collate this information. An application cannot be submitted until all this information is confirmed. Equally Dublin City Council cannot grant a licence for an event unless they have all the relevant details of that event,” the statement read.

After the press conference publicising the concerts, Garth Brooks met with Aiken Promotions and outlined his plans for the show.

According to Aiken, the country singer “chatted through lots of ideas he had regarding staging and how the show should look.

“He then went to the various levels of Croke Park and took photos of where the stage would be plotted. The team then generated several 3D images of how the show would look from each of the different locations within the stadium.”

The promoters said their team incorporated Brooks’ ideas into their plans, and drafts went back with forth with changes incorporated.

A further meeting between the parties took place in Nashville and more detail was added to the plans.

Further meetings were held in Croke Park with stage crew and show designers in the following weeks and plans were finalised.

A final set of agreed plans was then submitted to Dublin City Council as part of the licensing application, Aiken say.

Aiken have insisted they were in contact with Dublin City Council throughout the whole process.

Dublin City Council issued a statement yesterday outlining their reasons for refusing two of the five concerts.

A second statement from the council is expected shortly.

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