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Saturday 21 October 2017

Script 'happy' to have Pharrell on board for summer croker gig

AFTER days of hype, next year's big gig in Croker has been announced as hometown boys the Script and US star Pharrell Williams are set to play the stadium on June 20.

"We managed to secure Mr Pharell Williams, and yes we are happy," they band joked - referring to his hit tune.

Lead singer Danny Donoghue (34) revealed that the boys have been dreaming of playing the venue since they supported Take That and U2 there in recent years, saying that after they came off stage they thought "one day this could be ours".

He said: "It's a monumental occasion for the band," Danny said.

"It's one of those things when you are growing up in Ireland and you are in a band, and your dream is to play the Sugar Club. And, the next one is to play the Aviva and you play it, and the next one that you are looking at is this big beast here, so for us it was just a matter of time for us to take the challenge on," he said Donoghue said.

Superstar

Speculating had been mounting in recent days over the identity of the act with even country superstar Garth Brooks - who's five planned gigs were axed - mooted, but ruled out early on.

Dublin lads the Script formed in 2001, and comprises Danny Donoghue, Mark Sheehan and Glen Power who were all present in the Drumcondra venue to make the announcement this morning.

The band were recently forced to cancel a concert in Austrailia, after the stage collapsed.

They will be just the third Irish act to play a headline gig in Croke Park.

It will be a one-off concert and it is set to be held on the 30th anniversary of U2's Unforgettable Fire show.

The Script have sold 20 million records worldwide , and their UK arena tour is set to be held next February and March has already sold 150,000 tickets.

The June 20 concert will be their final date of the year and the biggest headline show of their career, with Danny admitting they are "nervous".

They previously played the Aviva Stadium to an audience of 50,000 people.

It will be an extra special occasion for Danny, who previously dated model Irma Mali, as he revealed his father used to sell sandwiches outside the city centre stadium before GAA matches.

"This is our home town. When I called my mum to say 'you know, we are playing Croke Park', she was saying that is amazing, 'your father used to sell sandwiches outside Croke Park'," Danny added.

Special

"It will be a very special gig. Obviously we all have our own ties to this place in some way as we were growing up. But again, nothing tastes sweeter than an Irish show," he said.

There was controversy earlier this year after country star Garth Brooks pulled out of five planned dates at Croke Park as Aiken Promotions were not granted the license to hold the shows.

However, MCD Promotions confirmed that The Script's gig is subject to license like other events. They said that plans will be submitted in due course as the band are working on staging

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