MCD Productions, promoters of the Swedish Horse Massage concert in the Phoenix Park, have issued a statement highly critical of an Garda Síochána, in just the same way as the Guards had a go at them a little while back, in this ludicrous report.
Here’s what Denis Desmond, managing director of MCD, said.
Obviously we are very disappointed that an individual or very small number of individuals engaged in anti-social behaviour, attempting to spoil the enjoyment of others. Such behaviour is certainly not reflective of the vast majority of the 45,000 fans who were extremely well behaved and should be congratulated. Unfortunately, anti-social behaviour has become more and more part of daily society with no town or village across the country escaping such conduct.
Well dang me sideways, Denis. Who knew that most people at a concert are well behaved? There I was thinking that everyone at the Swedish Horse Massage gig had a knife and a bag of yokes, but no. It turns out that only a small proportion was armed.
So, how many people at the Electric Picnic were armed? How many were stabbed?
Let me just work on the arithmetic for a minute and turn it into a percentage.
This calculation is tough. Wait now. Wait. Still working.
Right! I have it now. It was Zero Percent. Zich. Nada. Null. Nobody at all.
When Denis claims that no town or village across the country escapes such conduct, he’s engaging in word games, isn’t he? No place escapes such violence over a protracted period. A year, ten years. But Stradballly hosted the Picnic over a weekend, with huge concentrations of people in attendance, and had not one single instance of stabbing or any other violence for that matter.
What does that tell you about the sort of crowd who went to the Park?
Wouldn’t Denis Desmond just admit that the gig he put on was the kind that attracts a violent element? Why doesn’t he admit that he, as a professional promoter, should have foreseen what might happen, instead of hiding behind criticism of the police? Flawed as they might be, they didn’t start the fights. They didn’t stab anyone. That was done by the sort of customers MCD attracted when they promoted this concert.
Am I wrong about this? I’ve been to loads of concerts and festivals, but I’ve never been to one where a crowd of people were stabbed by savages.
Wouldn’t you think MCD, and Denis Desmond in particular, would face facts and admit that it was a huge miscalculation to run the Swedish House Mafia gig in the Park?
Why don’t MCD just grow up and stop whining about screw-ups that clearly belong to them?