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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Organizers of this Saturday’s Black Eyed Peas concert at Pearse Stadium have denounced what they call the ‘lack of support’ from local authorities for major events in Galway.

Promoters of “Rise Live” expected the concert to sell out, but said this week that tickets were still available for the concert.

Meanwhile, the take was pulled from a separate ‘Salthill Live’ event which was due to take place at the venue the following day and was to feature the likes of Nathan Carter, Una Healy, Sharon Shannon, Dan McCabe and Hermitage Green – including as being canceled due to poor ticket sales.

James Gavin of event management company Grooveyard has successfully persuaded the Black Eyed Peas – the American band behind ‘I Gotta Feeling’, which spent twelve weeks at number 1 in Ireland – to play their only Irish gig after eleven years at Pearse Stadium.

He partnered with Gary Monroe of Monroe’s Tavern to organize the event.

But instead of selling out as promoters had expected, there are still tickets for sale for the event, which will be greeted by sunshine and 19C temperatures.

Mr Monroe said the failure of Ed Sheeran to return to Galway when he performed in venues across the country last month was proof the city had not done enough to attract big names gigs west of the Shannon.

“Galway is tough. You won’t see the likes of MCD and Aiken Promotions staging anything here. There is not enough support from the local council, from the local representatives. It’s very, very bad support actually,” he exclaims.

“There should be people saying, ‘what can I give you to make this a success’. They should be rolling out the red carpet like they do in Cork, Belfast, Limerick. It’s so disappointing.

“We’ve been looking for road signs at key locations since the beginning of the year and we’ve been running around, it’s bureaucracy. We haven’t received a penny – only they’re looking to charge us 1 €700 for cleaning,” he said.

(Photo by Joe O’Shaughnessy: Keelan Lynch of the Concert Management Team at Pearse Stadium on Thursday during preparations for the Black Eyed Peas concert this weekend).

This is an abbreviated version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the June 3 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.