Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

Garth Brooks - What a pity Northern Ireland can't host singer's axed concerts

Garth Brooks visited Croke Park stadium in Dublin early this year to announce his plans for the summer gigs
Garth Brooks visited Croke Park stadium in Dublin early this year to announce his plans for the summer gigs

The debacle over the Garth Brooks concerts has created a very bad image for Dublin City Council.

To cancel two of five sold-out concerts at a very late stage has left tens of thousands of ticket holders – many of them from Northern Ireland – wondering if they will get to see their idol or not. Garth is even threatening to pull out of the tour unless the cancelled performances are reinstated.

For Peter Aiken, the leading Northern Ireland promoter, this is an unexpected headache.

He has a long track record of bringing international stars to both parts of Ireland without any problems.

It is a pity that Northern Ireland does not have a venue capable of staging the cancelled shows, but Garth can be assured that he would get a very warm welcome if he ever decides to tour this part of the island.

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