Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

That Garda review of the Swedish House Mafia concert

“Electric music” says it all really. MCD boss Denis Desmond has disputed the findings. There’s loads to be said about this (again), and indeed the most uneasy part of it is that a report such as this could sound the …

Fri, Aug 3, 2012, 11:12

   

“Electric music” says it all really. MCD boss Denis Desmond has disputed the findings.

There’s loads to be said about this (again), and indeed the most uneasy part of it is that a report such as this could sound the death knell of large outdoor concerts of chart music that attract young people, because underneath the lack of knowledge the gardai display of the music they’re detailing, that’s really what they are talking about. Young people can’t be trusted in large numbers listening to music they like – that’s the actual conclusion of the report.

MCD has serious questions to answer around the briefing of stewards, the grid system which seems to have confused gardai and the apparent lack of garda access to CCTV, as well as gardai not being able to access the site with prison vans and the size of the event control centre. But everything is acceptable until something goes wrong. The gardai don’t seem to have concerns about the other two concerts because nothing kicked off. Presumably MCD will address these issues in their own review. Calling for a public enquiry is all well and good, but who that’s probably wishful thinking. Instead, you’ll get politicians who have no idea what they’re talking about throwing their two cents into the tip jar, and the eventual actions based on such recommendations will be uninformed and misdirected.

The gardai also said they raised concerns with MCD before the concert about the sale of alcohol (they probably would be better off raising this concern with supermarkets and off licenses), gate opening times and stewarding. But what I don’t understand is that if the gardai had these concerns then why didn’t they do anything about them pre-gig? If you wanted to be blunt about it, it seems as though everyone is trying to cover their asses but no one is actually addressing the real problem. The issues at Swedish House Mafia arose out of people’s behaviour who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Let’s have a societal report on that please.

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