All five of Garth Brooks’ concerts in Dublin have been canceled following opposition from the Dublin City Council. The decision was confirmed Tuesday (July 8) by Aiken Promotions, the company producing the shows that were scheduled to take place July 25-29 at Croke Park stadium.
“It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the five-concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been canceled,” according to a message on the Irish concert promoter’s website. “No concerts will take place. The ticket return process will be outlined tomorrow. Aiken Promotions have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event. We are very disappointed for the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event.”
Croke Park, an 82,000-seat sports stadium, is the largest venue in Ireland.
The Dublin City Council last week rejected a license for the last two concerts of Brooks’ five-night stand following objections by local residents. In a written statement, the council said, “The cumulative effect on residents and on some businesses would lead to an unacceptable level of disruption to their lives and livelihoods.”
Brooks responded to the council’s decision in a written statement.
“For us, it is five shows or none at all,” he wrote. “To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will.”
Brooks originally planned to perform two concerts at Croke Park, but he agreed to extend the series to five nights because of ticket demand. With the additional cost of providing an expanded stage and production, the promoter says it’s not economically feasible to offer only three nights of concerts.
Brooks had already scheduled a press conference prior to the controversy in Ireland. First scheduled for Monday, the event will be streamed live on his official website Thursday at noon ET.