Injunction threatens remaining Brooks shows

There are serious questions over the three Garth Brooks concerts being given the green light at Croke Park after injunction proceedings were formally lodged in the High Court yesterday.

A High Court judge will have to decide on whether the three concerts get the go-ahead or whether an injunction to stop the gigs taking place is granted.

The proceedings, which are likely to come before the court this week, are aimed at preventing any of the Garth Brooks shows which had been scheduled for Croke Park later this month from going ahead.

Brooks is scheduled to play the stadium — which is set in the heart of a residential area — from July 25 to 29 next.

More than 82,000 fans are expected at each concert.

The legal proceedings are brought in the name of Brian Duff, whose solicitor is named as Anthony Fay, the solicitor acting for some residents of Croke Park. The case is against Aiken Promotions (Ireland) Ltd and Páirc an Chrócaigh Teoranta.

The orders sought include injunctions preventing the holding of the three shows which had secured approval from Dublin City Council.

Permission for two additional gigs was refused by the council.

No further details of the proceedings are available but the filing of the documents suggests an application may be made either today or later this week to a High Court judge.

The development comes amid speculation that moves were under way to try and secure an agreement that would see three Garth Brooks gigs going ahead this month with two more to be staged next year.

The singer indicated last week he would either perform the five concerts, for which 400,000 tickets have been sold, or none at all.


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