Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Britney Spears planning 'monster' Irish gigs

Britney Spears, pictured here performing in Belfast in 2004

Speculation is mounting that pop princess Britney Spears is to play two monster Irish dates this summer.

It has been reported that final negotiations are under way in a bid to bring the star to Dublin this summer for several huge gigs in the RDS, which are a surefire draw for fans in Northern Ireland.

The controversial Womanizer star has been taking her native America by storm as she performs a string of 49 smash-hit dates as part of her Circus comeback tour.

Plans are thought to be under way to add some Irish dates to the end of her British tour, which takes in eight shows this June.

“She’ll be playing a load of dates in London’s O2 in June, so the general belief is that she’ll also be adding two Irish performances to her tour,” a source said.

“Her management team know they’ll have no problem selling tickets for her show in Ireland as she’s so popular over here, so it’s a bit of a no-brainer. She performed at the RDS the last time and she thought it was an amazing venue and suited her kind of show perfectly.”

The young mum-of-two has rarely been out of the headlines for the past three years after she suffered a very public meltdown, culminating in hospital treatment.

Britney (27) also lost full custody of her two young sons with former husband Kevin Federline, Sean Preston and Jayden James, as a result of her personal problems. But now she’s been hailed for making such an impressive comeback, with fans giving her standing ovations at many of her raunchy shows.

However, if Irish pop fans are hoping to see her perform on home soil in a few months time, they better start saving up now if the English prices are anything to go by.

Basic ticket prices for her London dates, which start on June 6, start at £49 but go up to a whopping £1,300 for two VIP passes.

For those who fancy forking out for the privilege, this gets you a backstage tour and ‘ringside seats’. As well as getting a birds-eye view of Britney’s performance, you’ll also get VIP parking, finger buffet and drinks and various gifts and goodies.

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