Garth Brooks: All Five Croke Park Concerts or None at All!
Garth Brooks has said he wants to put on all five concerts in Dublin or none at all after the city’s council refused licenses for two of them.
Dublin City Council granted permission for only three out of five Brooks concerts at Croke Park this month.
Concerts on 25, 26 and 27 July have the go-ahead, but those scheduled for 28 and 29 July have not. About 400,000 fans have booked tickets.
Irish prime minister Enda Kenny said he hoped a solution could be found.
Reports that promoters were seeking an alternative venue such as the Aviva Stadium have been dismissed as there is not enough time for a licence application.
On Thursday evening, the Press Association reported Brooks as saying: “I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel.
“I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland.
“For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another.”
Speaking from Berlin, Mr Kenny said: “I understand it is to do with a planning issue and the council made its decision. I hope everyone can work out a consequence to that.”
The Taoiseach added: “Obviously if I understand it, three concerts have been approved and they are to go ahead. It is a planning decision for Dublin City Council.
“They may be able to work out some consequence to allow the remaining concerts to go ahead but it is not for me to interfere in any way.”
In a statement, Dublin City Council said: “It would not be appropriate to grant five consecutive nights of concerts.”
They said the scale of the concerts was “unprecedented” and would lead to “an unacceptable level of disruption” for residents and businesses near Croke Park.