Sunday 26 May 2019

Garth who? Concerts still sold 'subject to licence'

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

Adam Cullen

Tickets for the first big concerts of the summer are set to go on sale before a licence has been granted.

Despite the Garth Brooks fiasco last year, tickets for a string of major events will still be sold 'subject to licence'.

Tickets for July's Longitude Festival in Marlay Park will go on sale today.

The event, which attracted nearly 50,000 people last year, will be headlined by Hozier and the Chemical Brothers.

Music fans will be charged €59.50 plus booking fee for single day tickets or €149.50 for a weekend access.

Garth Brooks fans were left disappointed last year when Dublin City Council failed to grant a licence for five concerts in Croke Park even though the tickets were sold.

Cllr Neale Richmond (FG) said: "Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has an agreement with concert promoters MCD which allows them to apply for up to 12 concerts per year.

"That doesn't mean that permission for 12 shows will be granted," he said.

However, Council Liaison for Marlay Grange Residents Association Gay McGrath said the vast majority of people welcome the concerts.

"There was a lot of complaints last year in relation to parking, noise and the amount of days the concerts went on for.

"They were valid complaints, but we understand that these issues are going to be addressed," he said.

A spokesperson for promoter MCD said they have been "successfully running shows at Marlay Park in full compliance with statutory requirements" for 14 years.

"Public consultation has always been a major factor in the planning process and as promoters, in association with DLRCC, we have been engaging with the local community since September 2014, for proposed 2015 events," the promoter said.

Irish Independent

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