Saturday 24 February 2018

Promoter Peter Aiken: 'Moving the Garth Brooks gigs to another venue is not an option'

Nathan Carter and Peter Aiken. Miki Barlok
Nathan Carter and Peter Aiken. Miki Barlok
Garreth Murphy

Garreth Murphy

Moving the two disputed Garth Brooks Croke Park gigs to another location like the Aviva is logistically impossible, promoter Peter Aiken has said.

Mr Aiken said "it is up in the air" whether any of the five country and western superstar's gigs will take place at GAA HQ after the decision by Dublin City Council  to only grant a licence for three of the five concerts.

Mr Aiken confirmed the exclusive story today that all five of the Brooks concerts could be cancelled after the decision not to grant licences to the final two shows on Monday July 28 and Tuesday July29.

"I can't say for definite that the three shows are definitely going to happen now," he said this evening.

“It is up in the air. I am devastated."

He also refuted suggestions that Aiken Promotions had made a mistake in not anticipating problems with licences.

“I was in contact with Dublin City Council on a daily basis. My office was in contact on a daily basis. It was never indicated there was a problem with the five shows.”

Mr Aiken said moving the concerts to another venue is not an option as it would be logistically impossible.

“This is a one-off type of show. It will not happen anywhere else in the world. All the customised pieces that Garth is bringing in – you can’t strip them down and bring them to another venue. That is just a rumour.”

The promoter revealed that Garth Brooks himself isn't sure what will happen to the gigs, due to start on Friday 25th July.

“He said to me – give me a solution. Tell me what to do about those 160,000 people.”

Earlier today, had learned from separate sources in Croke Park and in the music industry that the country superstar may pull out of all his Irish gigs, after Dublin City Council only gave a licence for three of the five concerts.

This ruling is in breach of the contract that Brooks signed with Aiken Promotions for five concerts.

A source told this website today: “I would expect that none of these concerts will now go ahead.”

Speaking in Berlin this evening, the Taoiseach said he has no "impact or control" in the matter.

Asked by about the cancellations' potential impact on Dublin's reputation and loss to the economy, Mr Kenny said: "I understand it is to do with a planning issue and the council made its decision here. I hope everyone can work out a consequence to that."

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