Live events sector
A file has been sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions in Ireland following the cancellation of the series of Garth Brooks concerts at Dublin’s Croke Park. Whilst Dublin City Council were prepared to licence three of the concerts planned for the July 25-29 block, they were not prepared to licence them all and Brooks took a ‘all or none’ stance resulting in the cancellation. The Council had based their decision on the ‘unacceptable level of disruption’ the run of shows would have on local residents and businesses – but it now seems that some of the 384 objections received from local residents may have been fake – with promoter Peter Aiken, who lost over E1 million in the debacle, saying some 40% of the objections were suspect. The Council confirmed that police investigations of a sample of 200 objections showed that 64% were ‘not suspect’.
Audience magazine Issue 178 November 2014