The country icon must refund 400,000 tickets for the Ireland dates.
After Garth Brooks and the Dublin City Council engaged in some back-and-forth regarding the country superstar's planned five-night run at the city's Croke Park from July 25-29, the City Council has summarily "won," and all five shows have been scrapped.
The failed negotiations resulted from the City Council's request to cancel two of the five performances, due to Croke Park neighbors complaining about the traffic and noise caused by the shows. Brooks refused to cancel any of the shows -- which would have reportedly brought in 400,000 ticketed fans -- saying in a statement to the city council last week, "For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do would be like asking to choose one child over another."
According to Ireland's The Journal, the Dublin city councillors voted in favor of allowing all five concerts to take place on Monday night (July 7), but the city manager refused to grant a license for all five shows. Following the decision, the five shows were officially canceled, and Aiken Promotions released the following statement:
"It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the 5 concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled. No concerts will take place. The ticket return process will be outlined tomorrow. Aiken Promotions have exhausted all avenues regarding the staging of this event. We are very disappointed for the 400,000 fans who purchased tickets for The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event."
The canceled shows will reportedly cost the city of Dublin about 15 million euro. Brooks has planned a press conference for this Thursday at 12:00 PM ET, possibly to announce an upcoming world tour and address the Dublin fiasco.