'Garth' set to rock for a good cause
IT may come as no consolation to the vast majority of Garth Brooks fans, but his songs will be played in a stadium gig this weekend - albeit in the much smaller Dalymount Park.
Friends in Low Places - The Ultimate Garth Brooks Experience, are expected to play to an estimated crowd of 2,500 fans - a fraction of the 400,000 that had been hoping to see the man himself at Croke Park before the planned five concerts were cancelled.
Ticketmaster has now refunded nearly 255,000 of those ticket holders after processing 55,000 tickets yesterday morning, in addition to the 199,000 refunds issued last week.
The tribute act set to play at the home of Bohemian's Football Club is led by front man Trevor Smith and is recognised as one of the best Garth Brooks tribute acts in the country.
The gig - being organised by 98fm's Ray Foley Show - is in aid of a very worthy cause, Dublin's Temple Street Children's Hospital.
More than 250,000 people have be refunded the money for their concert tickets so far. Ticketmaster processed repayments on 199,000 tickets last week.
And yesterday 55,000 more concert-goers were reimbursed by the ticket giant. In total, 400,000 tickets were sold for the five cancelled shows.
A statement from Ticketmaster also said they had received a "significant volume" of postal refund requests for tickets sold for cash. The ticket company stated that many forms were not fully completed.