Derry Garth Brooks fans “left in lurch”

Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks

Derry music lovers who bought tickets for Garth Brooks’ sell-out concerts in Croke Park later this month have said they feel “let down” and “angry” at the news that two out of the five concerts could now be cancelled.

Fans of the country and western music icon were left feeling bitterly disappointed when Dublin City Council (DCC) revealed on Thursday that licenses had only been granted for three out of the five concerts which are due to take place between July 25-29.

“I bought six tickets priced at around £70 each and a friend bought another six - all 12 tickets are for the Tuesday July 29 concert,” said Waterside woman, Ann Thompson.

“I gave my son and my son-in-law a ticket each for birthdays - I feel so angry and upset - the fans have been left in the lurch,” she added.

Gareth O’Hara from Amelia Court in Derry, his wife and six friends bought eight tickets priced at £75 each and each couple have paid over £100 for hotel accommodation.

“I’ve no idea what’s going on and I don’t even know if I am going to get my money back. I reckon we are out over £1000 and in today’s climate that’s a lot of money.

“We waited patiently for our tickets for the Tuesday July 29 concert and we were all looking forward to seeing Garth Brooks so you can imagine how devastated we all are at hearing this news.”

Tickets for the five sell-out concerts went on sale earlier this year and sold out in record time. The concerts were being managed by Aiken Promotions.

The Derry Journal made contact with the company handling media enquiries for Aiken Promotions but at the time of going to print they had not replied.