Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Five-star Garth Brooks' Dublin gigs make a whopping £22m

Country star Garth Brooks in  action
Country star Garth Brooks in action

Our appetite for the country twang of US star Garth Brooks is seemingly insatiable after he sold out a record fifth date at Croke Park.

All 400,000 tickets for the singer's five special comeback event concerts in Dublin have been snapped up.

That's a staggering £21.8m worth of gig tickets purchased within minutes and it's equivalent to one in every 15 people living on the island of Ireland heading to Croke Park.

Originally the Friends In Low Places singer had been due to play two nights at GAA headquarters, but following unprecedented demand last week a third date was added, then a fourth, and then a fifth sold out yesterday.

This will be the first time that any artist will play five consecutive sold-out dates at the venue.

The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event will take place in July on Friday 25, Saturday 26, Sunday 27, Monday 28 and Tuesday 29.

Last night Patricia McClean (below), from Armoy, told the Belfast Telegraph she had four computers running at the same time during her successful bid to secure tickets yesterday morning.

"I eventually got through on one computer and we got four tickets for the Sunday," she said.

"I also managed to get another four this morning for the Tuesday for another one of the girls in work.

"I know a good few people who have got tickets, my cousins and lots of friends.

"When I was at college the big thing at Loughry was Garth Brooks. Everyone was into him."

And it's not just fans from Ireland going to the gigs.

Garth Brooks superfan Manjinder Joshi, from Walsall near Birmingham, told this newspaper she is looking forward to making a family holiday out of the concert in Dublin and hopes also to make the short trip to Belfast with the Joshi clan.

"I absolutely love Garth Brooks," Manny said. "I've been a fan since I was 15, so about 20 years."

It was always her dream to see him live, but by the time she was an adult he had made his retirement announcement and she thought her dream was over.

"Then in November 2010 I got my chance," she said, travelling to Las Vegas to see him perform.

"But you can tell he loves Ireland. He couldn't choose a better place to start his comeback," she added.

FACTFILE

Garth Brooks at Croke Park by numbers:

  • 400,000 tickets
  • €65.45/£54.50 each
  • 5 nights
  • €26,180,000 worth of tickets sold

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