Sunday 15 September 2019

Garth Brooks debacle left me looking like 'an eejit', says promoter Aiken

Peter Aiken. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Peter Aiken. Photo: Gareth Chaney, Collins
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Peter Aiken has spoken about the obstacles concert promoters face staging large music events in Ireland.

In July 2014, Aiken Promotions faced global embarrassment when it was forced to refund 400,000 tickets after the cancellation of five Garth Brooks concerts.

Despite the debacle, last Thursday it emerged Aiken Promotions is now planning on making an application to hold a fourth concert in Croke Park this year. The stadium has planning permission for just three special events per year.

The events confirmed so far this year are Taylor Swift's concerts on June 15 and 16 and Michael Buble on July 7.

Yesterday, Aiken said it was a pity concerts could be so troublesome to stage.

"In other cities it can be a lot easier to do business," he said. "The Garth Brooks thing was extremely stressful and very embarrassing for me."

He said the debacle left him looking like 'an eejit'.

"Hopefully things will change eventually."

Aiken was speaking as he announced that Paul Simon (76) is to play the penultimate gig of his career in Dublin.

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Irish Independent

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