Thursday 21 September 2017

'Crazy' Irish planning laws blamed for no third Sheeran gig

Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
Ralph Riegel

Ralph Riegel

Concert promoter Peter Aiken ruled out a third Ed Sheeran gig for Dublin's Croke Park after blaming "crazy" Irish planning laws.

That was despite the UK singer-songwriter, who boasts Irish roots, shattering entertainment records by selling out 160,000 tickets in under an hour.

However, the Ed Sheeran concerts on July 24 and 25 at Croke Park will not be supplemented by a third gig.

The Script are already playing Croke Park this June and Mr Aiken is still bruised from last year's Garth Brooks controversy.

Five sell-out Croke Park concerts by the US country star were cancelled following a planning dispute with residents and Dublin City Council.

Mr Aiken said planning laws will leave some Ed Sheeran fans disappointed.

"We definitely left a show behind us. We could have done another one. (But) there can't be - there won't be. I won't be going down that road again."

"I can't do it. I wouldn't go down all that planning issue again. It is just crazy. "Hopefully the laws are going to be changed. We have met the Government about this. But nothing happens fast in this country."

Mr Aiken said music industry demand is cyclical.

"It is not every year we have a demand for five or six concerts in Croke Park. When that cycle comes it should be allowed to happen. The previous year (2013) there were no concerts nor in the Aviva Stadium, a world class stadium."

Mr Aiken was speaking as he launched Cork's 2015 Live At The Marquee series including Ellie Goulding, Van Morrison, Beck, Kodaline, The Frames, Status Quo and others.

Irish Independent

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