Get ready: Country superstar Garth Brooks lands in Ireland ahead of his five shows in Croke Park

When country superstar Garth Brooks finally takes to the stage at 7:30 p.m. this Friday, it will be the culmination of eight years of negotiations.

In addition to his 400,000 die-hard fans, who have been screaming to see him live since he last played in Ireland in 1997, the time when the Grammy winner kicked off the show’s quartet His record will also be a special moment for music promoter Peter Aiken.

He admits that at one point, thanks to ‘Garth-gate’, Brooks’s dream of five nights at Croker seemed impossible.

But the head of Aiken Promotions has promised it will be a “spectacular show” for those who will gather at the north venue for five separate nights to pay their respects to the iconic performer. statue.

It’s been described as “the biggest cultural event in the history of Ireland” and the build-up of gigs will finally peak this weekend.

“He’s very excited about it,” Mr Aiken said..

“Eight years we talked about this, going backwards and forwards, meeting and talking and for once, it seemed like we could never put it together and now it’s the real. It’s hard to believe after all that’s happened.”


Garth Brooks will play Croke Park for five nights. Photo: Mark Stedman

He also revealed some interesting facts when it comes to the demographics of the fans who were so driven to see Brooks perform on Irish soil.

Of those with tickets, just 18pc of them were from Dublin while around 5pc were from outside Ireland. About 26,000 are from Tyrone while 18,000 are from Monaghan – about a third of its population of 62,000.

Mr Aiken told RTÉ’s ‘Morning Ireland’ that the stage had been specially made for Croke Park and that his string of Irish performances would draw the curtain on his three-year stadium tour.

The ‘The Dance’ star has been to Ireland in the last 24 hours and excitement is building among his fan base, who have booked hotels months in advance, given the huge prices to stay in the capital city.

Despite reports that he was staying in an 18th-century country house just outside Killarney known as Beaufort House, a local source said this was “totally untrue”.

It is understood he will stay in the Killarney area while he performs here, with the intention of flying up and down Dublin for his gig.

This has relentlessly led his fans to clamor to the privately owned estate in the hope of being able to see the superstar.

Located in Beaufort just outside of Killarney, this historic home is popular with American tourists because it can be rented out as a whole, along with several homes on its grounds.

Locals down there poured cold water on suggestions that Brooks made a home there during his 10-day stay. However, it is understood he will be staying in the Killarney area when he performs here, with the intention of flying up and down Dublin for his gig.

He is expected to perform for nearly an hour including any performances, with a strict 10:30pm curfew in place for concerts, and no supporting action will be taken. he.

About 2,500 security guards, managers and staff were deployed to ensure everyone was running smoothly for the quintet gig.

Ticket holders are asked not to queue early or actually, overnight, to minimize the level of disruption for locals in the area.

The stage is currently under construction and described as “brand new”, built specifically for the event, will form the scene for a new Brooks documentary and film project.

Jim Clarke of Aiken Promotions said: “There will be a great background lighting for the show, so it will be a splendor.

“A lot of[stages]are being flown directly into Ireland from the US. This is a one-off, not part of an established tour so everything we’re doing here, we’re doing for the first time.”

He said that “everyone wants a ticket – that’s the nature of it.”

“It’s clear that people want tickets and that demand isn’t going to diminish as the days get closer,” he said.

The gate will open at 5pm and people should plan their route in advance and use public transport if possible. Get ready: Country superstar Garth Brooks lands in Ireland ahead of his five shows in Croke Park

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