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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Top acts fail to sell out summer concerts

Prince has cancelled his much-hyped gig on Monday amid signs that this summer will be a damp squib for concerts.

Musical heavyweights are failing to sell out across the country as hard-pressed punters tighten their belts.

Tickets are still available for Neil Diamond, who is charging €99.50 for his show in Croke Park on Saturday.

Likewise, legends Eric Clapton and Neil Young are hardly causing a stampede for tickets.

Both are playing Malahide Castle in the coming fortnight, but neither have managed to offload all their tickets, which cost in the region of €80 each.

Even one of Ireland's most famous exports – Boyzone – have yet to sell out the RDS at €79.50 a pop.

Dolly Parton is struggling to fill Nowlan Park, Kilkenny, with seated tickets costing €91.25.

Monday’s concert had been hailed as Prince's last Irish appearance.

It is understood that approximately 55,000 out of 62,000 tickets were sold.

“While plans are under way to try and reschedule the concert for 2009, no details are confirmed at this stage thus ticket holders can obtain a full ticket refund,” promoter MCD said.

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