MCD's Denis Desmond rules out second Coldplay date at Croke Park

MCD supremo Denis Desmond dashed the hopes of Coldplay fans yesterday by confirming there will be no second gig by the band in Dublin next summer.

MCD's Denis Desmond rules out second Coldplay date at Croke Park

In less than one hour last Friday morning, around 80,000 tickets were sold out for the gig at Croke Park, leaving thousands more Coldplay fans disappointed and anxious for news of a second concert.

However, the MD of MCD, Mr Desmond said yesterday: “There won’t be a second Coldplay gig in Dublin. They don’t have the time.”

The band last week added second gigs to other cities it is playing next next including Brussels, Gothenburg, Cardiff, and Paris.

However, Mr Desmond said: “The band is playing only 15 gigs in Europe next summer and only two in the UK.”

Tickets for the gig were yesterday available for prices as high as €800 per ticket on the Ticketmaster-owned Seatwave website, which allows third parties sell on tickets at prices they set themselves.

The cheapest available ticket on the website was for €170. The tickets being sold directly by Ticketmaster last Friday ranged in price from €69.50-€144.

Fans were able to buy up to five tickets each for the gig and Mr Desmond warned that if fans continue to abuse the system by selling tickets at higher prices so quickly after purchasing them, tickets could be restricted to two per person or fans could be required to present photo ID with each ticket purchased in order to get into the concerts.

He acknowledged that if fans can not buy four or five tickets for each gig, “it does penalise fans who are buying for groups or friends”.

Mr Desmond also confirmed yesterday that 50% or around 25,000 tickets for next year’s Electric Picnic have already been sold — even though no acts have been named or even booked as yet.

Mr Desmond made his comment as new accounts for the firm that operates the Electric Picnic, EP Republic Ltd reported a 37% increase in trading profits to €1m last year.

Acts to perform at Electric Picnic last year included Blur, Sam Smith, and Florence & The Machine.

The €1m profit last year followed a profit of €749,356 in 2014.

Mr Desmond said: “The Electric Picnic was losing money a few years ago, but we have turned it around and it is profit-making now.”

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