A note from a “very happy” MCD
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.”