Tuesday 21 May 2019

‘My da used to sell sandwiches outside Croke Park!’ The Script delighted to play their dream venue

Freya Drohan

Irish band The Script will headline Dublin’s Croke Park stadium on June 20th 2015, after years of dreaming about it.

The band members joked with 2fm 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.

Mark, Denny and Glen from The Script
Mark, Denny and Glen from The Script
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“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 are 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.

The Script have a number one album with No Sound Without Silence
The Script have a number one album with No Sound Without Silence

“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!” 

“He didn’t have enough money to buy a trolley so he used to put them all in a pram,” Danny recalled. He tragically lost his father Shay in 2008 when he died of a stomach aneurysm.

Mark agreed it's a bittersweet moment in their career as he and Danny can’t share the significant milestone with their late fathers and his late mother, who passed away from cancer.

They laughed that they will have to invite their old school teachers who told them that music was only a hobby and not a valid career choice.

Tickets, starting at €45, go on sale next Thursday.

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