A note from a “very happy” MCD

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THE TICKET also re­quested an in­ter­view from MCD Con­certs boss De­nis Des­mond for this fea­ture. A spokesman for MCD asked that ques­tions be for­warded by e-mail. Ques­tions deal­ing with MCD’s shows this sum­mer, ticket sales and prices and Des­mond’s in­volve­ment with Fes­ti­val Repub­lic and Live Na­tion were for­warded. The full list of ques­tions is pub­lished on the On The Record blog.

This is the state­ment which was re­ceived in re­turn: “Over­all, MCD were very happy with ticket sales over the sum­mer sea­son with 800,000 tick­ets sold in­clud­ing three U2 sold-out con­certs at Croke Park (240,000 tick­ets), plus sold-out shows by Take That, Oa­sis, AC/DC, Cold­play, Ox­e­gen 80,000 tick­ets sold out on Satur­day and Sun­day while 5,000 short on Fri­day.

“MCD will con­tinue to use big­ger open-air venues such as Mar­lay Park, Croke Park, Slane Cas­tle, Punchestown etc. Artists that ap­peared at smaller open-air venues such as Don­ny­brook and Malahide Cas­tle while the Point The­atre was closed will play the 02.

“Ticket prices are not set as a re­sult of com­pe­ti­tion be­tween pro­mot­ers but agreed with artist agents in line with bands’ stature, their pro­duc­tion costs/ over­heads, venue ca­pac­ity etc.

“Ticket prices in Ire­land are com­pa­ra­ble to UK tak­ing the above into ac­count and will con­tinue to re­main un­changed un­less there are any in­creases in lo­cal costs such as VAT, in­sur­ance, Imro etc.

“We con­stantly strive to look for new op­por­tu­ni­ties, im­prove and re­view all el­e­ments of our busi­ness en­sur­ing best prac­tice, qual­ity and value for both Ir­ish fans and artists par­tic­u­larly dur­ing this time.”

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