It has been a problematic summer for festivals with the bad weather and cancellations and now violence.
At a festival in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Saturday, a few days after the Roses gig there nine people were injured during Swedish House Mafia’s show in Dublin
There were several incidents including one man stabbing up to four people, with the other five being injured during a fracas involving broken bottles and knives. Three of the victims were seriously injured, with one left in a critical condition.
A 23-year old man has been arrested and charged with four stabbings, while police are investigating the other incidents. As well as this, a 20-year old man also died at the show after taking a suspected drug overdose.
Speaking about the incidents, Denis Desmond, MD of concert promoters MCD, who put on the show, said: “Ticket holders entering the site were subject to a search permissible by law. Every precaution, as far as possible, was taken to ensure the safety and security of the audience at all times. Despite our best efforts ”â with security and gardaÃÂ personnel levels well in excess of the required numbers for a licensed event of this size ”â there is only so much one can do to combat anti-social behaviour.”
30 people were also arrested and bailed after being charged with assault, drugs and public order offences during the gig, which also featured Tinie Tempah and Calvin Harris on its line-up.
People, calm down…