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Prince sued for 1.7m euros over cancelled Dublin gig

Prince and his agents are being sued for 1.7m euros

A High Court action against Prince for the cancellation of a concert in Dublin in 2008 has started.

Promoters MCD are suing the pop star and his agents for 1.7m euros in compensation after he cancelled the Croke Park concert.

The court heard that he is claiming his agents had no authority to enter into an agreement to perform at the event.

However the agent has said Prince cancelled the concert and gave 'no reason of substance' for his decision.

Denis Desmond of MCD told the court that promoters never dealt directly with artists and that Prince's representative, William Morris Endeavour Entertainment, was one of the two biggest agencies in the world.

He said the tickets for the concert would never have gone on sale if there was any chance Prince would cancel.

He said he had no reason to doubt what the agent was saying and knew that Prince had a reputation for doing things at short notice.

The court heard the agreement was made in February 2008 and more than 55,000 tickets were sold for the gig.

MCD paid half of Prince's requested $3m fee to William Morris as his agent and had paid 700,000 euros for the use of Croke Park.


Counsel for MCD, Michael Collins, told Mr Justice Peter Kelly that the court would have to decide who was liable to compensate MCD - the artist or his agent.

The court heard details of a series of emails sent from Mr Desmond of MCD to Tony Goldring of William Morris in which Mr Desmond proposes the Dublin concert and in later emails presses him to confirm the availability of the pop star.

Mr Collins said a pattern emerged in the emails where Mr Goldring, who is a booking agent, is at first careful and cautious about committing but later confirms the dates and the terms.

He added it was clear from the email exchanges that Mr Goldring had not offered confirmation unilaterally but on the basis of a confirmation by the artist's staff.

Concerns were raised by MCD production staff when they had heard 'nothing' as the concert date approached.

MCD was informed on 6 June that Prince, whose full name is Prince Rogers Nelson, wished to cancel the concert, which was due to take place on 16 June.

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