World News: 15:40 GMT Thursday 3rd July 2014. [Yahoo Entertainment Feed via SPi World News]
A hotly anticipated comeback by country music star Garth Brooks in Dublin later this month suffered a serious setback on Thursday when the local authorities refused a licence for two of his five sold-out shows. Some 400,000 tickets for the Croke Park stadium gigs, billed as a "Comeback Special Event" before a promised world tour by the US singer later this year, had sold out in record time as Brooks-mania swept Ireland. Dublin City Council has now granted permission for the first three concerts on July 25, 26 and 27, but not those planned for July 28 and 29 -- leaving 160,000 ticket holders without a show to go to. "The scale, magnitude and number of the concerts with an expected attendance of in excess of 80,000 people per night over five consecutive nights -- three of them week nights -- is unprecedented," the council said in a statement.
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