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Monday 23 April 2018

Croker vs Aviva: who's winning the war for gigs?

Garth Brooks in Croke Park
Garth Brooks in Croke Park

The Aviva (below) opened in 2010 and has attracted many big names. But even with Croker losing two shows, it's still leading the battle to woo superstars.

* 2010: Croke Park welcomes Westlife for a show while Canadian crooner Michael Buble plays to more than 90,000 over two nights at the Aviva.

* 2011: Croker appeals to more boyband fans with two Take That concerts while Neil Diamond and The Script strut their stuff at the Aviva.

* 2012: Croke Park's love affair with Westlife continues with two gigs of their Greatest Hits tour and Red Hot Chili Peppers play there later in the year. At the Aviva, Madonna plays a poorly received show and, weeks later, her young pretender Lady Gaga shows everyone how things are done.

* 2013: There are no concerts in Croke Park, but first Robbie Williams and then Rihanna play the Aviva.

* 2014: Croke Park (below) catches up in spectacular fashion, hosting three One Direction shows and announcing five Garth Brooks dates. Two are cancelled, but may be hosted at the Aviva, which has no concerts this year.

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