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With no solution in sight, all five of Garth Brook's planned concerts at Dublin's Croke Park in July have been canceled.
As previously reported, The Dublin City Council approved the first three dates in July, on the 25, 26 and 27, but refused to license the remaining two days due to an agreement with the Gaelic Athletic Association and those who live in the nearby neighborhood.
Brooks wasn't happy and threatened to completely pull out of the expanded series of shows since he didn't want those 160,000 fans who purchased tickets for the last two shows to be left out. "For us, it is five shows or none at all."
Despite concert promoter Peter Aiken's best effort the remaining three shows were officially cancelled on Tuesday, The Press Association reports.
"It is with great regret that Aiken Promotions today announce that the five-concert Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event at Croke Park has been cancelled," Aiken Promotions said in a statement. "No concerts will take place."
The 400,000 tickets will be fully refunded, with Ticketmaster working to put together a method to smoothly get all fans their money back.
There had been talk about trying to move the last two days to other venues, such as Kildare's Punchestown racecourse, but nothing materialized, with Aiken noting at the time that Brooks likely wouldn't agree anyway.
Mediator Kieran Mulvey has said the whole debacle has made Brooks feel "he's not welcome," according to The Irish Times. "He's a human being, a country western singer-he's not a diplomat."
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