Louis Walsh has claimed Ireland will miss out on big acts after canceling all five Garth Brooks gigs.
The X Factor judge feels “everyone is going to be scared now to book acts in Ireland.”
He added: “It was great for the country, for hotels and restaurants and taxis, and now everyone is going to suffer because of someone somewhere and red tape.”
“It’s sending out a really bad message. We’re supposed to be a friendly nation.”
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Speaking on 2FM’s Drive By With Colm Hayes, Louis said it was ridiculous that Croke Park residents could cause 400,000 people to lose out.
He said: “I feel it’s really unfair that a handful of people can hold the country to ransom. I’m 100% on their side.
“Garth was coming here and it was going to be part of history for him. This will go around the world now that we couldn’t run five concerts.
“Maybe Bob Geldof was right – banana republic. I know Peter Aiken and he’s one of the best promoters in the business, and respected worldwide.
“He’s best friends with Garth Brooks, and his manager. I’ve never seen him so excited as when he booked these gigs. This was very personal to him and his own family.”
Walsh went on to lament not only the loss of revenue, but the damage to Ireland’s reputation, and said promoters will now be scared to book big acts in Irish venues.