‘Drunkenness and rowdiness’ cuts Canada Day concert short: Halifax police
The Canada Day concert at Alderney Landing in Dartmouth on Wednesday night was cut short because of “drunkenness and rowdiness” of some outside the venue, says a police spokesman.
City spokeswoman Jennifer Stairs confirmed to Metro on Thursday that Halifax Civic Events cut Ontario band Arkells’ set short by 15 minutes – from 75 minutes to 60 minutes – after the police recommended shutting down the event early, so they could deal with the crowd outside.
“Police didn’t make a decision, they just advised us that due to some unfortunate behaviour outside of the concert boundaries, outside of the actual check- in, it would help them to disperse the crowds if the show ended a bit earlier,” she said Thursday.
Halifax Regional Police spokesman Sgt. Pierre Bourdages confirmed officers were worried about some of the alcohol-induced behaviour outside the concert itself.
“There was concern for safety towards the end of the concert,” he said Thursday, referring to the ‘ drunkenness and rowdiness’ actions of some.
“There was the occasional disturbance outside the venue, and there was also unacceptable behaviour happening.”