New rules for concert applications announced

Tighter rules are being introduced for concert promoters requiring them to sit down and consult with a local authority before applying for a licence for a gig.

New rules for concert applications announced

Tighter rules are being introduced for concert promoters requiring them to sit down and consult with a local authority before applying for a licence for a gig.

The Government said the new measures are designed to avoid a repeat of the controversy last summer, when five Garth Brooks concerts were cancelled after licensing issues.

The new regulations also mean that tickets cannot be sold unless a consultation meeting has been held, promoters must apply for a licence at least 13 weeks from the proposed date (up from 10 weeks), and the public consultation period has been cut from five weeks to three.

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Paudie Coffee said the consultation meetings will give promoters a good idea of whether an event is feasible.

They cannot say it will go ahead - because the licence application has to be taken forward - but they can give a strong indication on whether the local authority is in favour - or not - of such an event.

"The formal application then has to take place … there will be due process in that."

He also said the new rules would allow time for an appeal process, which was not possible last year, saying it was an "anomaly" in the previous rules which was now being addressed.

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