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Is Lady Gaga set to play Phoenix Park?

PHOENIX Park is to host at least seven summer concerts this year.

Promoters MCD have lodged planning application for the gigs in the city centre park throughout 2012.

Currently, just three of these dates have been confirmed and announced.

The Stone Roses have already sold out their show on July 5. The gig is one of the most anticipated as the legendary band, synonymous with the Madchester sound, only reformed in October last year.

Northern Irish greats Snow Patrol are back on July 8 after another sold out show in the O2 earlier this year.

And dance act Swedish House Mafia will collaborate with Tinie Tempah to bring their summer hit Miami 2 Ibiza to Dublin city centre.

Rap legend Snoop Dogg also features on the latest date to be announced on July 7 -- tickets are due to go on sale this Friday at 8am.

But MCD have asked for permission to hold seven gigs - one more than was anticipated in December last year.

However, it is not yet clear whether these dates may be used as extra dates for the acts already announced.

Red Hot Chili Peppers have already been signed up for an outdoor gig in Croke Park, Coldplay will headline Slane.

Meanwhile 80s cult act The Cure, electropop stars Sigur Ros and rockers Elbow have all been signed up to Electric Picnic in September.

But the rumour mill is in overdrive as to the other big name acts planning on touching down in Phoenix Park this year.

Music festival Oxegen has been put on ice this year and so there is room for the promoters at the Park to soak up many of the international artists who will be touring Europe throughout the summer.

Rock stars The Cranberries are hotly tipped to play in their homeland this year. Among the acts touring that could play the Park are Lady Gaga, Black Sabbath, The Who and The Beach Boys.

Metallica are also rounding off their global tour and could stop off in Ireland this summer.

However, a representative for MCD refused to comment on speculation."Three dates have been confirmed and announced to date," the spokesman said.