Sunday 22 April 2018

The Script sell out Croke Park, with Pharrell Williams supporting

The Script band members Danny O'Donoghue, Glen Power and Mark Sheehan
The Script band members Danny O'Donoghue, Glen Power and Mark Sheehan
The Script at the announcement of their headline gig at Croke Park
Danny O'Donoghue of The Script
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Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Tickets for Dublin band The Script's Croke Park headline show - with Pharrell Williams supporting - have sold out.

The band was unveiled last week as the headline act in Croke Park for June 20 next summer, 30 years after U2 first played the venue as part of the Unforgettable Fire tour.

Speaking on 2FM last week the band members joked with presenters Nicky Byrne and Jenny Greene that they definitely got planning permission from the Dublin City Council, following the controversy surrounding the axed Garth Brooks concerts earlier this year.

“We have our license - I have the certificate right here in my pocket. Sure we could have sold out five nights in a row but we just chose the one so as to not rock the boat,” guitarist Mark Sheehan laughed.

The trio is only the third Irish act to headline the historic venue, and they can’t wait for the magic moment when they walk out on stage to a sea of tricolour flags.

“We had a little taste of the cake when we supported U2 and Take That, and now we’re going to have the whole pie,” drummer Glen Power said.

“When you’re Irish you grow up with the history, the games; everyone has a little story about Croke Park don’t they,” Power added.

When they were approached about the concert, they mulled the idea over for a few days.  Frontman Danny O’Donoghue revealed that his mother swayed him when she said, “do you know your da used to sell sandwiches outside Croke Park!”

The Script's last major show in Dublin’s Aviva stadium saw them them draw crowds of over 50,000, and they sold out their Dublin Castle gig in September - to coincide with the launch of their fourth studio album ‘No Sound Without Silence - in just three minutes.

Westlife, Take That and One Direction are among the groups to have sold out 80,000 crowds at Croke Park in recent years.

The gigs are the first announced  for the stadium since Garth Brooks pulled the plug on five concerts there  in July.

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