Fans may have to wait a little longer to see Garth Brooks in concert. Two of Brooks’ five comeback shows in Ireland, set for July 25-29 at Croke Park in Dublin, are in jeopardy after a local council denied permits for the performance. The shows have been sold out for months, but due to protests from local residents, the Dublin City Council cancelled the July 28 and July 29 concert dates.
The council cited concerns about fears of noise, traffic disruption, illegal parking and “potential anti-social behavior,” adding that they hoped to “to minimize disruption to the neighborhood in which the concerts are to take place.”
The decision is a victory for the Croke Park Residents Association, which has expressed its opposition to the shows, referencing an agreement with Croke Park stating no more than three concerts could take place at the venue in a year. “It’s up in the air, that’s the honest-to-God answer,” concert promoter Peter Aiken told the Irish Times. “I can’t turn around and say the three shows are going to happen.”
Garth announced his comeback tour in December 2013 during Good Morning America. Few details have been released about the tour although Garth has said it will likely feature new music, as well as appearances by his wife, Trisha Yearwood.
More news on the tour may be imminent however. Garth posted a cryptic note on GarthBrooks.com, saying “The wait is over … 7/7.