Limerick is cheapest place to stay for Bruce concert

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Bruce Springsteen will perform at Thomond Park in July
IT’S one of the most anticipated gigs of the year, and it appears fans of The Boss got the best deal in Limerick.

IT’S one of the most anticipated gigs of the year, and it appears fans of The Boss got the best deal in Limerick.

However, the cost of being a Bruce Springsteen fan doesn’t come cheap according to new research by travel expert Hotels.com.

The group’s hotel price index estimated that Irish fans of the legendary Born in the USA singer will have to pay on average of €84 per night on hotels. The American singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen, who sold out a number of shows in the capital last year, again sold out gigs in Limerick’s Thomond Park, Cork, Kilkenny and Belfast this July, with tickets selling out within a number of hours.

The index, which tracks real prices paid per hotel room, rather than advertised rates for almost 200,000 hotels across the world, reveals that Kilkenny will be the most expensive place to see him play, even though hotel prices have dropped seven per cent since 2011, bringing the average room rate to €95 per night.

Although hotel prices in Belfast rose 18% last year, for the average price for a room is €90. Limerick room rates remained unchanged in 2012 at €67, making it the most affordable destination to see him play. “The cost of being a Bruce Springsteen fan won’t come cheap to diehard fans this summer,” said Kate Hopcraft, Hotels.com.

Electric Picnic has also reduced its rates this year to attract more festival-goers.