Saturday 25 May 2019

Garth Brooks fans refunded money for Croker tickets

Emma Jane Hade

Almost 85pc of the 400,000 Garth Brooks ticketholders were refunded their money by the weekend they were due to set out for Croke Park.

Ticketmaster last night confirmed that 330,000 tickets had been reimbursed and that they are pleased with the progress they have made in what was an "unprecedented" event.

The US country singer had been due to kick off his five-night stint in Croke Park last night. However, earlier this month Dublin City Council permitted only three of the singer's proposed five shows.

After issuing an "all or nothing" ultimatum, the singer was offered permission to host three night-time concerts and two matinee shows. But, the 52-year-old refused, as it was described as "unfeasible", and cancelled all the dates.

Thousands of disappointed fans were expected to descend upon the capital for the weekend despite the cancellations, as many had booked non-refundable accommodation and travel arrangements.

In Dublin Airport several musicians were on hand to greet some of the 70,000 international ticketholders who decided to make the trip.

And they were well catered for as a number of music events were organised in lieu, as the Failte Ireland 'Dublin Goes Country' festival kicked off in the capital last night with the 'Stetson in the City' event.

Dame Lane in the capital will also go country as it hosts 'In Lonesome Dame', which will offer barbeques and square dancing lessons.

More than 2,000 fans are expected to turn out tonight for the 'Friends in Low Places' concert in Dalymount Park, a short distance from Croke Park. The charity concert will see 'The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience' tribute act take to the stage with the Dublin Gospel Choir, with proceeds going to Temple Street Children's Hospital.

Irish Independent

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