New regulations have been unveiled which will prevent concert promoters selling tickets before they have consulted with local authorities.

The changes to the application system for a concert licence come in the wake of last year's shock cancellation of five Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park which left over 400,000 fans disappointed.

Under the new rules announced by the Department of the Environment, promoters will not be allowed to advertise or sell tickets ahead of a consultation meeting with the relevant local authority.

Licence applications must now be lodged thirteen weeks in advance, instead of the ten-week timeline at present.

Last July Dublin City Council announced it was only granting a licence for three of the planned Garth Brooks' gigs. The country star said it had to be five shows or nothing. The rest was history.

Unfortunately for his legion of Irish fans the singer has no plans to visit Ireland this year.