Let’s stop talk­ing about Phoenix Park and do some­thing

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

IT WAS A clas­sic Ir­ish sum­mer news story. Last week­end’s trio of shows in the Phoenix Park cre­ated head­lines which had noth­ing to do with the fluff and froth which usu­ally ac­com­pa­nies main­stream me­dia mu­sic cov­er­age. When the news desk rather than the show­biz desk is di­rect­ing op­er­a­tions, there’s a dif­fer­ent em­pha­sis to the story.

All the el­e­ments for that clas­sic were present and cor­rect: open-air live con­certs, atro­cious weather, some nasty crimes, thou­sands of young peo­ple, the big­gest live mu­sic com­pany in the coun­try, drink, drugs and three Swedish DJs play­ing bland trance mu­sic.

Mix ’em all to­gether and you’ve a story to keep news­pa­pers, ra­dio shows and on­line gas­bags in clover for a week.

One can only imag­ine the new an­gles which will be ex­plored in this week­end’s me­dia.

But let’s hope this story doesn’t sim­ply get filed away un­til the next time some­thing like this oc­curs. It’s not enough that we merely tut and sigh over the is­sues that arose from last week­end’s con­certs, from the “big-pic­ture stuff” about Ir­ish so­ci­ety’s abu­sive re­la­tion­ship with al­co­hol to the ques­tions pro­mot­ers MCD need to an­swer about their man­age­ment of the event.

We ac­tu­ally need to do some­thing which goes against ev­ery­thing Ir­ish: we need to stop talk­ing and take ac­tion.

It suits all the vested in­ter­ests (and there are many) for the talk­ing to go on and on, but wouldn’t it be amaz­ing if some­thing ac­tu­ally hap­pened as a re­sult of all this?

One such move would be to make the li­cence ap­pli­ca­tion process for big out­door events to­tally trans­par­ent, with proper pub­lic meet­ings and con­sul­ta­tions. It may be eas­ier to avoid the is­sues and de­monise dance mu­sic fans than do some­thing like this, but it would be far bet­ter to be adult about all of this and take some long over­due ac­tion.

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