Aiken: Standard practice to sell tickets before applying for licence

Aiken Promotions says it followed the correct licensing process under current regulations for the Garth Brooks concerts.

It says it is standard practice to inform the licencing authority, announce the event and put tickets on sale, before submitting a detailed licence application.

The five Garth Brooks concerts are in doubt, after the singer said he will not perform the three gigs given a licence by the council, but will only do all five.

The Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer says the debacle shows the need to change concert licencing laws.

He said no concert tickets should be sold until there is a licence for the event.

Punchestown Racecourse and Kildare County Council are in talks about the feasibility of hosting some, or all, of the gigs.

Yesterday, on the refusal of licences by Dublin City Council for two of five planned gigs at Croke Park, Punchestown Racecourse indicated its willingness to host the concerts.

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