Concert Promoters Aiken have been forced to cancel two of the scheduled 5 Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park later this month after Dublin City Council refused a licence for the gigs.
The concerts on Monday July 28th and Tuesday July 29th will not now go ahead as planned. 160,000 people have now been left disappointed as a result of the move.
In its decision Dublin City council cites 3 main reasons including the precedent which dould be set by holding 5 consecutive concerts and the negative impact on the local residents.
1. The scale, magnitude and number of the concerts with an expected attendance of in excess of 80,000 people per night over five consecutive nights, three of them being week nights is unprecedented for Croke Park Stadium.
2. Three consecutive concerts have already taken place in Croke Park from the 23rd to 25th of May 2014. Given that Croke Park is situated in a heavily populated residential area, five shows in a row following on from the three concerts already held there this year is considered an over intensification of use of the stadium for the holding of special events/concerts. It would be in effect permitting an increase of 100% in terms of the maximum number of concerts that had previously been held in Croke Park in any given year since the redevelopment of the stadium.
3. The cumulative effect on residents and on some businesses in the Croke Park and surrounding neighbourhoods, of licencing five shows in a row, three of them on weekdays, would lead to an unacceptable level of disruption to their lives/livelihoods over an unprecedented and prolonged period caused by, concert related noise, access restrictions, traffic disruption, illegal parking and potential antisocial behaviour. The City Council would also be concerned with the precedent that would be created if five consecutive concerts in a row of this scale were licenced.
Its the first time that the city Council has ever refused a livence for an event in Dublin.
The move has been given a cautious welcme by local residents who had a vocal and high profile campaig of opposition to the concerts.
IN a brief statement Aiken Promotions said they are “very disappointed" at the decision.