Published on July 8th, 2012 | by Vincent Dignan0
Stabbings at Swedish House Mafia Gig- Eyewitness Reports
This weekend you may have heard about London’s BLOC Festival closing early (and later, the Saturday cancelled completely) due to overcrowding and safety concerns. Those who went were furious at the organisors, but should count themselves lucky; if they look across the border to what happened in Dublin, BLOC was a village fete in comparison.
Dance “supergroup” Swedish House Mafia headlined an outdoor gig in Phoenix Park. Soon after the event finished, reports began to circulate that nine people had been stabbed, and one person had died, possibly of an overdose.
A video taken last night during Tinie Tempah’s support set. How sadly apt that he sings “and we be doing this until we pass out.”
Elsewhere on the web, those who went began to fill in the gaps and paint a strange and terrifying picture of booze, violence, and alleged lack of security in and around the venue.
From the comments section on Entertainment.ie:
“My daughter was there with her friends and one of them was attacked by a young one because she accidentally spilled her drink on her. (She) scratched her neck, head-butted her and bruised her badly.Because of this, they left the Phoenix park early and missed the main event; Swedish House Mafia”
From the comments section on Independent.ie:
“I was at the concert & I left by 8pm. It was a horrible experience- from the moment we arrived in Heuston station I didn’t feel safe. Entering the concert was unnerving as it was like being in a mosh pit before we even got in. It seemed like everyone around us was completely hammered already. When I made it to the ticket checkpoint I witnessed a man flash a fake ticket then make a run for it. There was nobody there to chase him. The woman checking tickets was visibly anxious & upset. Once inside I witnessed several people dragged out by security, & one brawl that involved about eight people- with ONE security guard trying to control them.
I was really looking forward to this show & travelled from Galway to attend. I don’t know where all these people crawled out from but It was scary! The gardi were needed, in large numbers if you ask me, as security just didn’t seem able to cope. The worrying thing was seeing so many VERY young people so off their face on god knows what.”
From the comments section on thejournal.ie:
“Having travelled around the Phoenix Park at 4pm yesterday, I can only conclude that the Gardai have given up on trying to police the city. I witnessed hundreds of drunken teenagers descending on the park openly swigging from beer bottles and urinating in gardens with Blackhorse Avenue being particularly bad. The steps of the Criminal Courts complex at Parkgate Street were filled with teenagers – all drinking and many smoking hash. Some were smashing their bottles on the steps when they were finished with them! There were NO gardai – not a single one – on duty anywhere outside the park to maintain some sort of order. I encountered one traffic Garda stopped at traffic lights on Infirmary Road and, pointing to the steps of the courts, asked him if there was anyone policing this chaos. All he could do was shrug his shoulders. That said it all for me.”
“Was in A & E in Blanch Hospital last night and seen for myself what happened at last nights gig in the phoenix park. Stab wounds, broken bones, you name it, it came through those doors. Some had been attacked early in the evening. I saw parents arriving, worried sick because they got phone calls from their kids saying they were in hospital after being attacked. One poor lad got stabbed in the back for no reason! Plenty were brought in because they made pigs of themselves with drink and drugs and took up valuable hospital beds to sleep it off. “
Were you there? Did you enjoy the gig?