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Gig-goers are in for a treat at Croke Park, says Hugo Duncan

BBC Radio Ulster's Hugo Duncan holds one of the sought after Garth Brook's tickets in Tyrone as Raymond Stewart looks on.

BBC Radio Ulster's Hugo Duncan holds one of the sought after Garth Brook's tickets in Tyrone as Raymond Stewart looks on.

Northern Ireland’s most famous country music aficionado says he has never known anything like the hype surrounding Garth Brooks’ Dublin dates, and that ticketholders are set for a real treat.

However, Hugo Duncan himself is not among them.

The BBC Radio Ulster DJ has not obtained any tickets for the US country star’s sold-out five-day stint in Ireland, but said he is still hopeful of bagging one in time.

“I don’t think anything of this energy ever happened over here – I can’t believe how many tickets he’s selling,” said Hugo.

“I haven’t even got a ticket yet.” But he added: “I’m sure somebody’ll sell us a couple.”

He had seen him perform in the US in 2005, and his message to anyone going to Dublin was: “I think they’re in for some excitement.

“He’s full of energy. The great thing about him is he loves doing what he’s doing.”

As of Thursday, a total of 400,000 ticketholders were estimated to be heading to the Croke Park gigs in July.

That is closely equivalent to the entire populations of Antrim, Ballymena, Carrickfergus, Coleraine and North Down’s council areas put together – then added to Derry City Council as well.

According to one media report, it is set to be one of the biggest events on the island of Ireland since Pope John Paul visited in 1979.

 

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