Tuesday 20 February 2018

Fans in low places

Vincent Hunt, who has tickets to Garth Brooks on the Tuesday night.
Vincent Hunt, who has tickets to Garth Brooks on the Tuesday night.

Emma Gallagher

'If Tomorrow Never Comes' may be ironically relevant for 400,000 Garth Brooks fans.

The US singer looks set to quash all five of his Croke Park concerts later this month.

News filtered through on Thursday evening, following Dublin City Council's approval for only three gigs, July 25th, 26th and 27th.

Brooks lashed back with an ultimatum – all or nothing.

Only the Friday, Saturday and Sunday concerts were approved. Breedge Lynch from Sligo had two tickets for the Tuesday night.

"I think it's awful. The tickets were a present from my husband's boss. We've been to him twice before, when he played Croke Park and the Point.

"They were nice memories. I'm a fan of his music and loved his stuff for years. I feel so sorry for the people who queued overnight, it's bitterly disappointing.

"Especially seeing as it was 20 years or that since he was last here. It is so heartbreaking."

Breedge is manager of Conway's newsagents in the Tesco arcade.

She added: "We have had loads of people come in, absolutely loads, who had tickets.

"One had been queueing since 8pm the night before, there was such a rush at the time to get tickets.

"It looks like the venue cannot change now at this late stage.

"It is a huge loss of money for all involved. I think the GAA jumped the gun a bit to be honest. They should have had the licence first."

Vincent Hunt from Sligo was also disappointed.

"There were four of us planning on going to the Tuesday concert. I have seen him twice.

"Luckily, we didn't have any hotels booked.

"We will be able to get refunds on the tickets hopefully. There is so much hullabaloo over it."

Third Wave Music on O' Connell Street, Sligo said that it had been receiving a number of queries from fans.

After news spread that the concerts were in jeopardy, various other venues, including Lissadell, were cited as possible alternatives.

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