Friday 24 October 2014

24-hour wait worth it for Brooks' fans

Maria Pepper

Published 11/02/2014 | 05:38

Lucky fans with tickets Sisters Michelle and Gemma Coughlan from King Street

Whites for Music in Wexford was the scene of an overnight queue for the second time in a week as further Garth Brooks tickets went on sale.

The country star added a fourth and then a fifth night at Croke Park in July, sending fans into a repeat frenzy.

Some people who were disappointed not to get tickets the previous week, queued up again. And this time they didn't leave empty-handed. 'Everyone got tickets this time,' said an assistant at Whites for Wexford.

Ticket sales opened at 9 a.m. last Thursday and about 50 people were taking no chances. They started queueing on Wednesday morning, a full 24 hours ahead of the ticket offer.

The die-hard fans sat patiently all day in the rain, enduring the bemused scrutiny of shoppers, and slept on the street that night before being joined in the early hours by additional ticket-seekers.

'At least it didn't rain on Wednesday night,' said the Whites spokeswoman.

Some who already had tickets bought more for a second date.

A total of 400,000 tickets have now been sold for five Garth Brooks concerts in July.

It will be his first time to appear in Ireland since 1997.

New Ross Standard

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