The show will not go on for Garth Brooks. All five of his sold-out comeback shows in Ireland, scheduled for July 25-29 at Croke Park in Dublin, have been canceled. Concert promoters announced the decision on Tuesday.
“It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce[s] that the five-concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled,” promoters said. “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.”
The cancellation comes after the Dublin City Council refused to license the last two nights. Its decision was in response to pressure from the Croke Park Residents Association, which opposed the shows. An agreement between the residents and Croke Park states no more than three concerts could take place at the venue in a year.
After learning of the council’s decision to refuse to license the last two shows, Brooks gave an ultimatum, saying he would play all of his shows or none at all. “To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do would be like asking to choose one child over another,” he said.
Promoters and officials met on Monday for a series of last-minute negotiations, but Dublin’s city manager stood behind the decision to withhold the permits, despite the city council voting to review the licensing conditions for the shows.
Brooks had teased a big announcement that was to be made on Monday, July 7. Instead, he announced a press conference for Thursday, July 10. It is believed he will announce the details of his upcoming world tour.