There are plenty of events I can think of that might give rise to such headlines, war, rioting, civil disobedience etc etc
But never,even in my wildest dreams would it have occurred to me that I might have cause to be writing this about a concert. Not I hasten to add a 7 day biker festival someplace in the middle of nowhere but a one-off concert in the Phoenix Park in Dublin.
Saturday night saw Snoop Dogg, Tinie Tempah,Calvin Harris and Swedish House Mafia take to the stage in what for around 50,000 fans should have been a fantastic night.
Instead 3 men in their teens and early twenties are now dead as a result of drug overdose. One of the men in his early 20s became ill and sought medical assistance inside the concert arena as early as 7pm.
There were 9 separate incidents of stabbing including one incident where a 28 year-old concert goer from the Isle of Mann was stabbed 5 times causing severe injuries to his head and chest including damage to his liver. His assault was unprovoked.
These attention grabbing incidents are to say nothing of the dozens of eye witness reports of people being bottled and beaten throughout the evening with fights, scuffles and in one case an 8 man brawl breaking out both in and outside of the venue.
Meanwhile Gardai are seeking information regarding 19 year-old Aoife Finan from Cobh who has been missing since the 11pm on the night of the concert.
Drug use was rampant and blatant, often taking place in full view of event staff, security and Garda alike. On the radio this evening one concert goer reported that as bouncers were handing out free glasses of water to crowds at the crush barrier they were openly being used to knock back pills.
Much like at any Irish event massive amounts of alcohol were consumed to excess and underage drinking was rife. This of course lead to people vomiting, urinating and even defecating in full public view without care or consequence.
According to a report in the The Evening Herald and numerous other first hand accounts the number of people openly engaged in sex acts was staggering, there are even several reports of people having full blown intercourse as a sort of sideshow to the main event.
What the fuck is wrong with people?!?!?!?
The majority of the crowd were aged from late teens to late twenties, this is the same demographic I fall into, I grew up and went to school with them. I am one of them.
Except I’m not.
I just can’t fathom it out, I really can’t. I go to concerts, I go down the pub with friends or to a nightclub, I drink, hell sometimes I get drunk .)
I’m not claiming to be an angel, I’m not. I am sure there are several people who crossed paths with me in my younger day when I was working as a bouncer who can well remember ending up on the wrong end of a well aimed right hook if they were acting the maggot.
There have always been lads who drank too much and got a bit out of hand or the two fellas who just can’t stand each other and go at it after a night out. There always will be.
But the sort of scenes witnessed at Phoenix Park the other night are just not right. In fact they are very, very wrong.
It makes a terrible statement about ‘my generation’, reinforces all sorts of negative stereotypes and raises an awful lot of questions:
What possesses people to act like this? Where were the police and what were they doing? Why the hell weren’t security searching people as they went in? – Somehow I feel that answers will be, as ever, sadly lacking.
I would love to say this is an isolated event, that things like this rarely happen. That would be a lie though wouldn’t it. You only have to look at the riots in the UK last year to see the sort of common criminality which on the face of things is endemic amongst young people today.
Maybe they are disenfranchised, maybe they are the product of poor schooling, bad parenting or are symptomatic of a culture which seems to revel in sex, violence and excess.
Whichever it is I can tell you one thing for free. I want nothing to do with any of it.
Bring on the Zombie apocalypse, at least we will know where we stand then.