The revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh GAA stadium in Cork is on course to host a major concert next July.
And unlike the debacle over Garth Brooks’ cancelled Croke Park gigs in 2014, promoters bringing acts to Cork’s flagship stadium will not have to apply for planning.
Country legend Garth Brooks cancelled all five of his summer 2014 concerts in GAA headquarters after Dublin City Council granted planning permission for three only.
Senior Cork city officials have confirmed that promoters looking to stage gigs in Páirc Uí Chaoimh will have to apply to the city council for an event licence, with no set limit on how many events the stadium can host in any given period.
Talks about gigs in the stadium would have to start at least six months in advance, and consultation with local residents will be a key condition of any licence, a senior official said.
The news comes as work continues on the €70m regeneration of the stadium which is due to host its first games in time for next year’s Munster championship.
The county board confirmed it has been engaged in talks with two of the country’s top music promoters, Aiken Promotions and MCD, about the possibility of staging major concerts in the stadium in July.
Lord Mayor Cllr Des Cahill said he has heard speculation that Garth Brooks and Adele are among the acts being considered.
However, GAA and promoters sources said it is far too early to even comment.
“Although the concerts have yet to be officially confirmed, the speculation that two blockbuster gigs are in the pipeline for the new Cork stadium in the summer of 2017 is a huge boost,” Mr Cahill said.
“Big gigs bring a huge feelgood factor to the city as well as a substantial economic boost with in excess of €10m pumped into the local economy per concert.
“Any such concert will require an event licence and as Lord Mayor I hope that this process will run smoothly and that all parties including local residents will be satisfied.”
The stadium has hosted some of the world’s biggest names over the years, including Oasis, Michael Jackson, and Bruce Springsteen.
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