Saturday 21 April 2018

New licensing rules unveiled for concert promoters to avoid Garth Brooks-style fiasco

Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Garth Books was due to play five concerts at Croke Park in 2014
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

New licensing rules have been unveiled for concert promoters in an effort to avoid a repeat of another Garth Brooks-style controversy.

In future they must hold 'pre-application’ talks with the relevant local authority.

The new arrangements will also require promoters to arrange consultative meetings with relevant parties.

Failure to comply with the guidelines will result in the automatic rejection of a license application.

Read more: 'I can't answer that' - Garth Brooks on whether or not he'll EVER play Ireland again 

Promoters who advertise or sell tickets prior to engaging in the consultative process will also be denied a license.

Going forward licensing applications must be lodged at least 13 weeks in advance of an upcoming event. 

And if it is proposed additional performances will be added to a schedule already announced, a further consultation meeting will be required, before permission for these concerts is granted. 

The public consultation period for event license applications will be reduced from five to three weeks.

Junior Minister with responsibility for planning, Paudie Coffey, said major outdoor events such as high profile concerts can be significant economic boost for Ireland.

“These events also bring large numbers of visitors to our shores with significant benefits for our tourism industry,” he added.

The new "fit for purpose and streamlined guidelines" will come into effect on October 1st. 

The financial fallout from the Garth Brooks controversy cost an estimated €50m loss in revenue for the Dublin area, following objections from various residents groups living near Croke Park.

Over 50 submissions were received by the review group which recommended these new guidelines.

Members of the public, venue owners and residents associations, all submitted proposals.

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