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Garth Brooks complaints threaten Marlay concerts

It’s not just Garth Brooks concerts that are drawing complaints from the public this summer. The latest venue to come under the spotlight is Marlay Park, the location of several gigs over the past few months. Host to a number of individual concerts, the Park was also the venue for the popular Longitude Festival which ran for three nights in July and featured acts like O Emperor and Massive Attack.

But all of that could be coming to an end. One councilor on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has reported receiving a record 150 complaints from local residents who are unhappy about concert side-effects like noise pollution, increased traffic and anti-social behavior issues.

Even though the Council is thought to have been able to contribute some €600,000 to recreational facilities from monies collected from the gigs, it has now been decided to hold a review of the staging of concerts at Marlay Park, which could see licenses withdrawn in the future.

First Croke, now Marlay – could these complaints encourage other local residents to try and prevent concerts taking place close to their homes? Is there a danger that revenue badly needed for recreational facilities will be lost as a result? Are we running out of options to see our favourite performers?

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