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Sunday 26 March 2023 Dublin: 5°C

# Concerts

Last year
# friends in croke places
Heading to see Garth Brooks at Croke Park? Here's everything you need to know
It will be the first time Brooks has played in Ireland in 25 years.
# Banking In The Dark
Bank of Ireland apologises after customers report difficulties buying Springsteen tickets
Tickets went on sale at 8am for the singer’s Dublin shows in 2023.
All time
# standing outside
'Time has passed, but the love for Garth hasn't': The dance continues for Brooks fans at Croker
The country singer was in Dublin today to promote his two gigs set for next year.
# garthgate
Taoiseach says he would like to see Garth Brooks perform in Cork next year
In 2014, Micheál Martin called for legislation to allow Brooks to play five nights at Croke Park.
# Good Thing Going
Garth Brooks saga: Three Croke Park concerts approved for 2022, applications in for two more
“If I get to play and go to Ireland and play music again, we will be the luckiest people on the planet,” Garth Brooks said this week.
# Strike the Right Note
From full steam ahead to cancelled: How are other countries handling concerts and festivals?
Pressure is mounting on the government to review the restrictions on live music events in Ireland.
# easing restrictions
Taoiseach and Tánaiste to meet live event reps next week as pressure mounts to reopen entertainment sector
Government has said it will follow through with its commitments to provide a comprehensive plan for the sector.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you go to a pilot live concert?
James Vincent McMorrow played a pilot live gig in Iveagh Gardens in Dublin last night.
# listen up
Here is the full list of pilot music and sport events confirmed for June and July
Some large pilot concerts and matches, plus smaller outdoor events, are lined up for next month.
# Your Say
Poll: Should drug testing facilities be available at music festivals?
Drug testing could be up and running for music festivals next summer (if they are able to take place).
# Your Say
Poll: Have you bought any concert tickets for next year?
Tickets for the festival Longitude scheduled to take place in July 2021 have already almost fully sold out.
# mass gatherings
Public will not be refunded if concerts in 2021 are rescheduled, Varadkar warns
The Tánaiste said it may be “some time yet” before mass gatherings are allowed.
# matches and gigs
Talks ongoing about holding large sporting events and concerts under Level 1 and 2
Minister Catherine Martin says she hopes some smaller live performances will take place before Christmas.
# live performances
Support package worth millions for live gigs and music industry to form part of Budget
Live music venues, big and small, will be able to apply for a minimum of €10,000 under the scheme,
# ban on booze
Ban on alcohol at gigs under consideration in a bid to allow music events resume
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly and Minister for Arts Catherine Martin are meeting artists today.
# Leipzig
Series of concerts held in Germany to study whether large events can safely resume
Only young, healthy volunteers were allowed to attend in a bid to limit infection risks.
# drumroll please
Music venues take cautiously optimistic approach as live gigs return with social distancing
As music venues slowly begin to host live gigs again, they face a series of financial and logistical challenges.
# Your Say
Poll: Would you go to a socially-distanced concert?
Images of a socially-distanced concert in England were widely shared during the week.
# easing lockdown
Outdoor gatherings of up to 5,000 people could take place from September, says Taoiseach
Cinemas could reopen in August, said Taoiseach Leo Varadkar today.
# Stevie Wonder
Some fans weren't at all happy about the sound at last night's Stevie Wonder gig
The concert was his first show Irish show in over nine years.
# gigs
Extra trains running this weekend for Bon Jovi and Noel Gallagher concerts
Additional security and Garda resources will be in operation on Irish Rail trains over the weekend.
# Spice Girls
Some fans weren't happy about the sound quality at last night's Spice Girls gig
Spice Girls’ Mel B said she hopes the sound quality will be “much, much better” at future gigs.
# Deception
Man pleads guilty to defrauding 8 people out of €1,952 worth of concert tickets that didn’t exist
No compensation has been paid to the would be concert goers from the new charges.
How John Reynolds changed the club and festival scenes - and Ireland along the way
The death of the promoter has sent a wave of shock through the Irish music and festival scenes.
# concert tickets
Ticket touting: New law to ban above-face value resales approved by Cabinet
It would also prohibit the use of bot software to purchase tickets.
# Touting
Ticketmaster has no plans at present to introduce 'dynamic pricing' in Ireland
The company has started to roll out this system in the United States in a bid to tackle touting.
# lunch crunch
Poll: Is it okay to chat through a gig?
Give it to us straight. Be honest.
# Approves Like Jagger
Dublin City Council gives the go-ahead for Rolling Stones Croke Park gig
Tickets will go on sale this Friday.
# Not happening
Lady Gaga cancels remainder of European tour citing 'severe pain'
The singer suffers from fibromyalgia, a condition which can cause severe pain all over the body.
# big gig
Aiken Promotions will apply for Croke Park gig to take place on 17 May
It would join two Taylor Swift gigs on 15 and 16 June and Michael Bublé on 7 July.
# ticket touting
Australian man jailed in Singapore for selling forged Ed Sheeran concert passes
He used forged ‘all area access’ passes to bring concertgoers into the stadium.
# islamic state
Undercover FBI agent helped foil bomb plot in Times Square
The men in question also allegedly planned to target concerts in New York.
# eager beavers
People have been queuing up since yesterday to get tickets to one of Ed Sheeran's Irish shows
Tickets for these shows officially go on sale online and from Ticketmaster outlets nationwide tomorrow morning at 9am.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you less likely to go to a concert/sporting event following the Manchester attack?
Up to 5,000 soldiers will be deployed on British streets following the attack.
# festival season
South Dublin residents complain about concert-goers 'urinating at will all over the place'
A number of objections to alcohol sales at Dublin summer concerts were rejected.
# boys (and girls) of summer
How well do you know your big, big summer concerts?
The Boss is in town. What better time to check your knowledge of the biggest summer gigs?
# hello
6 moments you missed from Adele's Dublin gig last night
We could have had it aaaaaall.
# Fair play
U2 are being really sound to young Irish musicians
They’re not pocketing all the cash from their Irish shows – some will go towards supporting the ‘next U2′.
Here's how we're going to avoid another Garth Brooks 'fiasco'
New rules are going to take effect from October.
# watch your ed
Dublin hotel lashes out at Ed Sheeran fans in scathing Facebook post
Charleville Lodge Hotel is at it again.