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Back to the Park: inside MCD’s licence application for the Phoenix Park shows

Some interesting details from MCD’s licence application for three shows next July in Dublin’s Phoenix Park

Wed, Mar 13, 2013, 13:59


As predicted by OTR months ago, Mumford & Sons will be playing Dublin’s Phoenix Park on July 14 next. The band will be supported by Ben Howard, The Vaccines and Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. Tickets go on sale next Friday at €60.50 (via Music Glue) or €61.50 (via Ticketmaster) and addtional charges may apply (well, definitely for the TM allocation – let’s call it the Aras tax). The show is under the Gentlemen of the Road handle so hopefully, we’ll get some more borderline racist, public schoolboy humour-friendly promo videos like this one for last year’s Galway show.

The show is, of course, “subject to licence”. Said licence has been lodged with Dublin City Council and an OTR reader was kind enough to take a look at the document for us. While most of the juicy stuff is “confidential” and not on view to the public (or pesky journos who like to have a look at this kind of thing), there are some interesting details nonetheless.

For a start, the licence application for the three 40,000 events (the first of the other two concerts will be on either July 9 or 11, with the third show on July 13) comes from Festival Republic on behalf of MCD. This is a change from previous applications which were handled by Diffusion Events.

While there are no details given of security provisions (again, marked “confidential” – any FOI experts know how to crack this one?), there are some details about medical provisions for the events based on a capacity scoring system.

There’s also a list of key personnel working the event, including Festival Republic promoter Melvin Benn as event controller and UK company Stuart Leisure Security providing security for the perimeter, access and arena.

Despite all that happened in 2012 (covered in full here), the Office of Public Works have no problems whatsoever with the application and are “pleased” to say yes to the rental fee.

Here, for the record, is a full list of the “private and confidential documents that for reasons of security and/or public safety, should not be placed on the public record”

It’s interesting to note that many of the issues which caused so many problems in the wake of the Swedish House Mafia show last summer are now the ones which receive the secret treatment. While some of those details were confidential last year (and rightly so – you can understand why details pertaining to CCTV and radio use remain under wraps), the instructions to the stewards, searching policy and other issues relating to managing entry to the event were all openly available on the application for 2012′s licence. This may be something of interest to the local residents, for example, or indeed potential paying customers. Perhaps these questions can be answered at the forthcoming public consultations regarding the shows?