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