Thought it might be interesting to get a thread going in this forum on the Swedish House Mafia gig. I've been listening to the radio and reading the newspapers since the trouble in the Phoenix Park, and I've been blown away by the analysis and the variety of different interpretations that have been applied. Different commentators have to varying degrees put emphasis on the following:
- Drug use
- Socio-economic factors
- Dance music and the crowds it attracts
- Inappropriate venue
The media have been having all sorts of existential crises as a result of this! Some cannot help but lament the decline of civilisation as we know it...
You would think that many of the factors above contributed in some way. So what's the best way to interpret this?
-A freak and random blip that occurs every so often? There were after all riots at the Bob Dylan concert in Slane in the 80s. I believe there were rapes at Woodstock 99 (?)
-Media-fuelled hysteria over a relatively minor incident/s? Drug overdoses can happen anywhere. The stabbings were bad, but it's pretty rare that something that bad would happen at a concert. Hardly worth panicking over.
-Is this just a bad generation? Less respect for society and others than previous generations, more reckless behaviour
-Is there some kind of sub-culture that just latches onto any opportunity to cause trouble, and they happened to all turn up at the Phoenix Park for that gig?
FWIW I'd be inclined to go along with the last one there. I remember the Love Ulster parade in Dublin a few years ago. It was primarily a bunch of apolitical scumbags who saw an opportunity to smash things up. It was probably the same people or those of a similar mindset who caused trouble at the gig.
Just seeing that 3 people were stabbed at another SHM gig in the UK!
Does this change anything? Does this group attract a particular group?