Tuesday 21 May 2019

Is Garth Brooks planning Irish tour dates for next year?

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Garth Brooks 'could be' planning Irish dates for next year, in a bid to overtake U2's record for the biggest ever tour, according to the Irish Daily Star.

The 52-year-old country star is currently smashing records on his US tour, grossing more than $12m from 13 shows in September.

The report draws from an article on Billboard, which suggests that sources have said there will be European and Australian legs to Garth's tour next summer.

"The ill-fated five Croke Park shows originally meant to start this cycle could have been worth $100 million in total gross, and Brooks will surely make a huge play in Ireland before all is said and done," writes Billboard's Ray Waddell.

Garth could trump U2's attendance record of 7.3m for their 360 tour between 2009 and 2011 by adding matinee shows to his schedule.

However, Brooks has yet to confirm a European tour, which may or may not include Irish dates. 

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The singer disappointed fans in July when he cancelled five Croke Park shows after Dublin City Council refused to grant permission for all five.

Boylesports have already released odds on locations with the Phoenix Park leading 6/4, followed by the Aviva at 2/1 and Croker Park at 10/1. The RDS is currently priced at 4/1 with Kilkenny’s Nolan Park priced at 7/2.

Independent.ie are looking for confirmation on any Irish dates.

UPDATE: Garth Brooks is NOT coming to Ireland next year

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