Mi­nor­ity cause prob­lems at con­cert

Taranaki Daily News - - News - Leighton Keith

Un­ruly al­co­hol-fu­elled be­hav­iour by a very small mi­nor­ity marred the first sum­mer con­cert at New Ply­mouth’ Bowl of Brook­lands.

Fri­day’s A Sum­mer’s Day Live was head­lined by Toto, who were sup­ported by fel­low clas­sic rock­ers Dragon and Jef­fer­son Star­ship in per­fect con­di­tions.

While the ma­jor­ity of the 8500-strong crowd en­joyed a great night of en­ter­tain­ment, some fans say there were dis­gusted by the drunken an­tics of a mi­nor­ity.

Even Toto gui­tarist Steve Lukather took ex­cep­tion to what he saw from on­stage and called out a guy in the crowd for his be­hav­iour and then re­stated it again at the end of the show.

New Ply­mouth Dis­trict Coun­cil ex­ter­nal re­la­tions man­ager Jacqueline Baker said the vast ma­jor­ity of the crowd had a won­der­ful time.

‘‘Al­though we have not re­ceived any com­plaints, it ap­pears a hand­ful of peo­ple could have be­haved bet­ter and like all our ma­jor events, we re­view all of our op­er­a­tions (in­clud­ing se­cu­rity) as part of our post-event anal­y­sis,’’ Baker said in a writ­ten state­ment.

Deb­bie Ngarewa-Packer said she and her hus­band Neil were in the seated area near the front and they wit­nessed a lot of grop­ing

Con­cert re­view

and push­ing of women by a group of at least 20 men.

‘‘Things got a lit­tle out of con­trol, there was some id­iots that I guess had had a lit­tle bit too much,’’ she said. "As the night pro­gressed and par­tic­u­larly dur­ing the Toto set it got more ag­gres­sive.

‘‘One woman, she lit­er­ally had to phys­i­cally fight and push these guys off her.’’

‘‘It re­ally put a damp­ener on what promised to be a great night.’’

Neil said the be­hav­iour had de­tracted from the night’s en­ter­tain­ment. ‘‘We had gone to see Toto and it was ru­ined by this bunch of id­iots,’’ he said.

Toto gui­tarist Steve Lukather re­sorted to telling one guy to stop af­ter he put his hands on a young girl’s be­hind and then even took his guitar off as if he was about to go down and stop them him­self, she said.

At the end of the show Lukather told the au­di­ence it had been a great night ‘‘apart from some id­iots in the front’’, Ngarewa-Packer said.

Her com­ments where sup­ported by other con­cert go­ers on Face­book. Thalia Gordon said drunken peo­ple were caus­ing so much trou­ble she left be­fore Toto went on stage.

‘‘Fall­ing on us, vom­it­ing all over them­selves, so drunk they ei­ther didn’t know (or didn’t care) they were con­stantly show­ing every­one their pri­vates. It was dis­gust­ing,’’ she posted.

‘‘We were so wor­ried about where they were go­ing to land, or throw up, we couldn’t even pay at­ten­tion to the mu­sic.’’

Sergeant Shane Hurli­man said he had been told there was a num­ber of in­ci­dents due to in­tox­i­cated peo­ple. ‘‘I un­der­stand that there was a bit of drunk­en­ness and a few fights,’’ Hurli­man said. It had been busy in the city due to the ex­tra peo­ple in town for the show, he said.

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