Sunday 16 June 2019

Marlay Park concerts: Under 17s banned, no drink at David Guetta gig

22,000 fans are expected at Marlay Park next Friday to see French DJ David Guetta, above
22,000 fans are expected at Marlay Park next Friday to see French DJ David Guetta, above
At a press conference in the park yesterday, Superintendent Peter Duff, event controller Louis Harte and MCD's Denis Desmond outlined security arrangements for the show.
Nicola Anderson

Nicola Anderson

A STRICT age policy will be enforced at a sell-out concert in Dublin next week, with no under-17s permitted to attend, promoters have warned.

And gardai have warned they have passed measures to allow them to confiscate alcohol from anyone caught drinking on the street within a one-mile radius of the venue.

Full refunds will be given until Monday to anyone under 17, or their parents, who have already purchased a ticket for DJ David Guetta at Marlay Park next Friday.

The 22,000 fans expected in the park for the event will be asked for appropriate identification to prove their age, promoters MCD said yesterday.

The move is part of the heightened security measures announced for an upcoming series of three concerts at Marlay Park.

Measures

The measures were introduced in the wake of the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park last month, during which a wave of violent disorder culminated in the stabbing of nine people.

Gardai yesterday said there were "always lessons to be learnt from any event".

They said they acted on those lessons and were "satisfied" with the co-operation from MCD -- promoters of both the Swedish House Mafia gig and the forthcoming concerts at Marlay Park. While three gigs are being held at Marlay Park, security will tightest for the David Guetta gig.

Promoter Denis Desmond said they had learnt the lesson that they need to enforce points about "personal, individual and parental responsibility".

He added that MCD's internal report on the Phoenix Park concert last month would be completed in early September.

Fans attending next week's sold-out concert by David Guetta face searches on the way into the grounds at Rathfarnham, south Dublin, with further searches on the grounds if gardai suspect anything amiss.

Superintendent Peter Duff from Tallaght garda station said fans clearly drunk or intoxicated from drugs would not be allowed into the concerts while anyone turning up at the grounds carrying alcohol would have to surrender it or face being turned away from the concert on August 24.

He has signed an order setting up a "policing zone" in surrounding areas within a one-mile radius of Marlay Park, under the provisions of section 21 of the Criminal Justice Public Order Act of 1994.

This authorises gardai to confiscate alcohol within this zone and is frequently used by gardai around Croke Park and the Aviva stadium, Supt Duff explained. He said the laws on drinking in public "depend on the bylaws of the relevant local authority", adding that the zone surrounding Marlay Park straddles both South Dublin County Council and Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

However, as the order has been signed, no drinking in public will be allowed by concertgoers within a one-mile radius.

More than 175 gardai will be on duty during the concert, with plain-clothes officers mingling among the crowd to spot trouble-makers.

CCTV cameras will also be in operation, while sniffer dogs will be present with their handlers. MCD said they would have 400 security guards on duty "subject to change".

Irish Independent

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