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Friday 17 August 2018

Only a few tickets left for Stones fans to get Satisfaction and see Croker gig

The Rolling Stones will play Croke Park this summer
The Rolling Stones will play Croke Park this summer

Just a handful of seated tickets are still available for the Rolling Stones' Croke Park gig this summer.

Standing tickets to see Mick Jagger and the gang in action on May 17 at the 82,000-capacity venue were snapped up within minutes of going on sale at 9am yesterday morning.

Aiken Promotions said it had experienced "great demand" for tickets to see the legendary chart-toppers in action during their first Irish concert in 11 years.

By last night, standing tickets to the Irish leg of their No Filter tour were on sale on secondary sites for around €129 each.

However, seated tickets were still available on the Ticketmaster site, with prices starting from €97 per ticket and going up to several hundred euro.

A handful of VIP packages were also still on sale, with single ticket prices stretching all the way up to €899, which will allow some die-hard fans access to the pit area of the concert beside the stage.

The tour will start in Ireland, with Croker being their biggest gig, and will then take in dates in the UK, France, Germany, the Czech Republic and Poland.

Croke Park chiefs had already used their three permitted exemption dates with Taylor Swift playing two nights and Michael Buble performing in July.

Sprawling

That meant Aiken Promotions had to secure an Outdoor Event Licence (OEL) from the council for the Stones' gig to proceed.

Part of the terms and conditions of the licence mean that the band's crew will have to adhere to certain rules when it comes to erecting the sprawling stage and set. Sound checks and rehearsals will only be allowed between the hours of 11am and 8pm.

Other than the night of the concert itself, the construction and taking down of the stage and other structures can only take place between 8am and 10pm in order to minimise disruption to residents.

There will be two days of both rehearsals and sound checks, which can only last for three hours each time.

Speaking about their forthcoming tour, Mick Jagger said: "This part of the No Filter tour is really special for the Stones. We are looking forward to getting back onstage in the summer and playing to fans in the UK and Ireland.

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