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Garth Brooks reveals cancelling Croke Park gigs was the ‘saddest moment’ of his musical career

The country music star was forced to refund tickets to 400,000 people


Garth Brook has revealed that cancelling those Croke Park gigs back in 2014 was the “saddest moment” of his musical career.

The country music sensation hoped to play five shows at the stadium, but Dublin City Council refused to grant a licence for two of the dates – which led to Garth cancelling all of them.

The entire situation was massive disaster, as a lot of fans had already purchased tickets, but Garth is still keen to make a comeback.

During a Q&A with Garth at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville Tennessee this week, Irish fan Karen Green asked if he was planning any Irish dates as part of his upcoming world tour.


He replied, “When it comes to Ireland, first of all when that happened, probably the most devastating thing ever.”

“That’s probably the saddest moment of my musical career, was what happened in Dublin, right after probably the coolest moment of my music career, selling 400,000 tickets in one sitting.

“To have to refund 400,000 tickets broke my heart. Not being allowed to play all five, I had to pick two to cancel. I said, ‘screw that, I’m not going to do that to these people’ so it was all or none.”


“I’ve been lucky enough to see the Irish flag at just about every concert that we’ve got to do here, so I thank them for making the miles over here and I hope it was worth it,” he said.

“I will tell you this – I believe that things that start should finish so I have 100 per cent make the opportunity available to the people that make the decision in Ireland to get those shows back up and get them running again. If and when they say yes I will be there,” he added.