Sunday 26 March 2017

World's worst concert-goers

Having attended several high-profile music concerts in Dublin within the past couple of years, I doubt if any artist who has played here has ever experienced audiences anywhere in the world whose behaviour is worse than that of the Irish audience.

My son and I attended the Paul McCartney concert at the RDS and, having paid for the most expensive seats, were disturbed every few minutes by others in the row or in front of us leaving their seats either to go and purchase several glass bottles of beer to bring back to their seats or else to offload all the liquid they had consumed.

Apart from showing a lack of appreciation of the performance, this behaviour spoils the enjoyment of those who have paid hard-earned money to sit and listen to the concert. And the practice of allowing patrons to bring drinks -- especially glass bottles -- to their seats in such a large venue is a safety issue that I am surprised has not been addressed.

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