Tuesday 21 May 2019

To sell out this stadium you need a Garth ... never mind

The Script are the latest act to try to fill Croker
The Script are the latest act to try to fill Croker
Darragh McManus

Darragh McManus

It takes something special to sell out a giant stadium like Croke Park, with its 80,000-plus capacity. Someone like Garth Brooks, say, with his extensive back-catalogue and legions of Irish devotees, might just…no, never mind.

The Script are the latest act to try to fill Croker. Next June they'll play a one-off gig, supported by US megastar Pharrell Williams. And they have a fighting chance.

With 10 million records sold, the Dubliners are big by any standards, and huge by Irish ones. They've done well gig-wise in Ireland, too: a few years ago they sold out the Aviva (capacity around 50,000 - smaller than Croke Park but still very large). In September, the band sold out a Dublin Castle concert in three minutes.

The Script's music - glossy, anthemic pop-rock - may make some critics recoil, but it's obviously very popular. And it should appeal to the floating punter: people who want a 'Big Event' to attend, and aren't too bothered about the music. Pharrell could attract a crowd too: he wrote and produced two of the millennium's biggest singles so far, Blurred Lines and Happy.

Then there's the Croke Park factor. Venues can be a draw in themselves and Croker is iconic: the spiritual home of the national sports. Will this be a sell-out? The script isn't written yet, but it could have a happy ending.

Darragh McManus

Irish Independent

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