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Season of the sell-outs

By the time you read this, the sold-out signs will probably be up for The Police’s show at Croke Park in October. It’s shaping up to be that kind of season, with sell-out shows already for the Rolling Stones, Rod …

Fri, Apr 20, 2007, 09:27

   

By the time you read this, the sold-out signs will probably be up for The Police’s show at Croke Park in October.

It’s shaping up to be that kind of season, with sell-out shows already for the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart, George Michael (right), Arctic Monkeys and Justin Timberlake (the last three acts have now added extra dates).

Add in the sold-out Oxegen weekender and a quickly decreasing stack of tickets for the Electric Picnic, and it adds up to a box-office bonanza for promoters.

However, some shows will inevitably struggle. While the European Central Bank’s interest rate rises and increased mortgage payments can shoulder some of the blame for this slowdown, there’s also a sense that punters are seeking value for money.

An Electric Picnic or Oxegen weekend with dozens and dozens of must-see acts versus a night out with grumpy old Damien Rice? No competition there.