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30-06-2014, 10:59   #616
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Yep noticed this too. Also, some people absolutely hammered/completely out of it, some very annoying people in the crowd.
I think that was possibly the worst crowd I've seen at a gig. Where we were standing seemed to become a pathway for everyone going to the bar, and my god, 95% of them barged through without saying excuse me or apologising, just manhandling us to get through. One guy in his forties nearly knocked my sister over and didn't even acknowledge it until my seventeen year old brother stopped him and told him to apologise that was during Arcade Fire's set, it was worse during the Pixies. People chatting away, having a grand oul catch up until Here Comes Your Man was played! Everyone sang along to that, but as soon as it was over, back to the obnoxious behaviour.
I think the worst part was, everyone there was old enough to know better. It just seemed like people were there to drink and chat to their friends, as opposed to actually watching the show in front of them. Why spend 60 quid on a ticket to spend most of the night queuing at the bar?! I will never understand people
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I thought it was great anyway.


Experienced the chatty annoying crowd early on but was very easy to move close to the front where it was a much better atmosphere.
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30-06-2014, 11:07   #618
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I'm hearing reports that some people had difficulty getting home. Did anyone else have problems getting home? Was there a shuttle bus service?
Saw about a dozen buses all out of service and a couple going nowhere near the city centre, ended up having to go into a pub and get them to call a taxi which took over an hour to come, the driver said it was the worst he had seen a gig at Marley and we were passing crowds still walking home well after one in the morning.
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30-06-2014, 11:13   #619
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From reading this it sounds like if you'd seen AF before it was just average but if you had never seen them before it was great
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ya so
Picnic 2005
Olympia after neon bible came out where tickets were going black market for silly money
2 x phoenix park gigs
1st Oxegen
O2 after the suburbs came out
Oxegen where no one came to watch and went to guetta or fatboy slim insted
Picnic 2011
Today

Thats 9 gigs am i missing one?
Don't really understand some of the comments here really. Going by the above this was the 6th time I've seen them & I thought they were absolutely fantastic!

Having said that, it's still pretty hard to beat that legendary Electric Picnic gig in 2005 & The Olympia gig was amazing to see them in a relatively small venue. However Phoenix Park was a real disappointment for me.

Last night I thought the sound was pretty good & it was a really balanced set. There's no doubt the new album is fairly "Disco/Electronic" (huge LCD Soundsystem influence), but live I thought it really took off.

I was slightly surprised by how quiet the crowd were, I was expecting a lot more energy. As said before, there always seems to be a lot of "Event Junkies" just there to be there. However I still seemed to be a magnet for drunken eedjits to come barging into me & then stand there leaning on me

Overall though really enjoyed it......
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30-06-2014, 11:17   #620
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Crowd was terrible, no matter where we stood. It seems as if a lot of people just went there knowing the bare minimum of AF songs, and only wanted to say that they were there... which is fine, each to their own. It really puts a dampener on the mood as a whole though. Instead of people appreciating the music, they're talking through songs they don't recognise. It really is a shame from a genuine fans point of view.
We were about 20 people back from the front of the stage. Atmosphere was pretty good, but spoilt by a group of drunk morons talking through every song, and other drunk morons barging through the crowd trying to get to the front, or just generally stumbling around, falling over. One drunken couple was just lurching around into everyone, oblivious to the performance right in front of them.

A girl in front of me was nearly taken out by some idiot pushing to the front, and another girl lost her sunglasses, knocked off her head by, yes, another drunken fool.

There were a few occasions where I was fully expecting a fight to start. I didn't foresee that at an AF gig.
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I agree about the event junkies and the fair weather fans. I went with a group who were big fans of both main acts so we really got into the show amongst ourselves not too far from the stage and had a great time, but the amount of people who shouldve saved themselves €60+ was shocking.

I think its down to the size of the venue, 40,000 capacity is huge and 33,000 turned up, whereas a small venue, even The Point, would have die-hards only and hence a more intense atmosphere. The fact it wasnt fully dark during the gig as well meant the atmosphere didnt intensify.

The public transport was a disaster, trying to get 16 out from town in mid-afternoon was a waste of time, and had to walk to Rathfarnham village to pick up a taxi, and that was 2 hours after the gig. Anyone know how the taxi marshalling on Stonemasons Way worked out?
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30-06-2014, 11:31   #622
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Went to the gig last night, loved it. I'm a big enough arcade fire fan so I enjoyed the whole set. The Sinead o Connor but was great.

I gotta say tho, getting home was a nightmare. We saw the huge que for the bus(only one? That I saw) so we decided to walk and flag down a taxi. Turns out everybody else had the same idea. When couldn't get a taxi, we went to the pub nearby.. Which was cool cos I wanted a pint anyway. They closed at 12.30 or so, so it was a night of trying to halio a cab for us. When we finally got a cab, I must have saw about 100 people try to flag us down. Gotta say that was very poorly organised.
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40,000 capacity is huge and 33,000 turned up,
Where did you see the attendance figures?
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When we finally got a cab, I must have saw about 100 people try to flag us down. Gotta say that was very poorly organised.
Yeah, Marlay park really is shocking when it comes to logistics. No info available anywhere about where to park, would there be extra buses etc...all the info about the venue on ticketmaster or MCD is like "coming soon!"
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My first time seeing Arcade Fire and I loved it.

We drove and it was actually great, parking on site was free We left right after the last song and we were back in Swords on the Northside for 11.20

My only negative about the whole gig (except for the usual people talking etc) was the plastic cup holder things they were giving out with beers, it seemed like an incredibly bad idea enviromentally speaking. Are they biodegradable? Most importantly, the rings for holding the beers could easily injure or trap an animal, I'm sure they go round picking up rubbish straight away but there is no way to guarantee that some won't make it into the surrounding park.

Yes, I know the cardboard ones break, but the solution is not to create more plastic litter that could very easily harm the local wildlife.
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Thought the Pixies were disappointing, the venue really didn't suit them. AF were fantastic but we had to move around the crowd a few times in order to find a spot where the people around us were actually into the gig rather than drinking, chatting and using their phones to take selfies/film the gig. The latter I find really confusing. Who the hell is going to want to watch a crappy phone video of a gig? What's the point other than being a tit?
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Don't really understand some of the comments here really. Going by the above this was the 6th time I've seen them & I thought they were absolutely fantastic!

Having said that, it's still pretty hard to beat that legendary Electric Picnic gig in 2005 & The Olympia gig was amazing to see them in a relatively small venue. However Phoenix Park was a real disappointment for me.

Last night I thought the sound was pretty good & it was a really balanced set. There's no doubt the new album is fairly "Disco/Electronic" (huge LCD Soundsystem influence), but live I thought it really took off.

I was slightly surprised by how quiet the crowd were, I was expecting a lot more energy. As said before, there always seems to be a lot of "Event Junkies" just there to be there. However I still seemed to be a magnet for drunken eedjits to come barging into me & then stand there leaning on me

Overall though really enjoyed it......
The fault like I said was the crowd not the bands, The Pixies gave it socks as they usually do. I made sure that I was down the front for that one, because you need the sonic boom!
Arcade fire also brought it I thought. I wasn't that gone on the electro pop tun that was Reflektor, but as usual when it comes to live gigs AF have few equals and so even songs I wasn't mad about sound brilliant.

When it comes to seeing them in the future, I think I'm done with the 'mini festival open air gigs'. They attract large crowds that don't seem to have much interest in the music and that just kills the atmosphere. As does a venue that has possibly the worst transport links in Dublin. It hurt my buzz to have to nervously clock watch at the end of the gig to ensure I had time to make the 35 minute walk to the Luas to catch the last one going at 11.15 because it was either that or a VERY long walk home.
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30-06-2014, 12:00   #628
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Made it in for the start of Ham Sandwich, was impressed and crowd seemed interested and plenty of interaction. The fella on Brass gave it socks!

When Pixies started we moved closer because I kept noticing the din of people having conversations all around us. Not an easy feet considering Blacks vocals! Sound was a a bit better closer up but still noticed a lot of people milling through the crowd to the bar during the set which was disappointing.

Was no crowd interaction but to be honest it was no loss with most people around me uninterested. Think at one stage Black left out the vocals for the chorus of Here comes your man and you could barely hear the crowd joining in. Saying all that I was still impressed by them, got a few goosebumps for the classics and Tame was immense! Blacks line about his guitar dying at the start of Debaser was disappointing(ie I didn't buy it) but cant say I blame them for finishing it there.

Moved back again for Arcade fire and it was the same story with people chatting away during the set. The Gf mentioned at one stage it was like being at a giant bbq rather than a concert. Jacks and bars were still really busy about 10 mins into the set. Enjoyed AF's set but we decided to call it a day and try to get out onto the motorway sharpish about 2 songs into the encore. Could still hear Wake up on the way out to the car when they were finishing and it sounded big!

Was straight out the car park before the crowd so we managed to miss all the congestion, back in Galway in 2h10m and in bed by 1 which was good going.
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They really need to rethink the transport issue, although 'rethink' implies that they gave it any thought at all in the first place!

We caught the last half hour of the gig from our car and it sounded great, picked our son up and when we eventually got going drove past thousands of people ranging from sober to zombie-like drunk wandering the roads in search of a way home. There was at least a hundred people down by the roundabout to the M50 (many of whom appeared to be hitchiking) and even 2 future Darwin Award winners walking the hard shoulder ON the M50!

Also, on the 'event junkies' problem, there must be a few posters on here who are guilty of going and chatting away all night, is it you're just going to meet mates, for a piss-up or what - care to explain it to the rest of us? I disagree with the poster who says you get die-hard fans at the 02 as it's smaller - have been at gigs in The Village or Vicar Street and there's always clumps of these chatters trying their best to talk over the band
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We were some of the last home via the Marathon bus service, which had gone from Custom House Quay. They were sending empty buses back into town, while there were still hundreds of people wandering around outside the venue a few hundred feet away. I'm convinced this was purely because their bus drop off was poorly indicated and none of the staff could give directions to it - as we were walking up to it, we met hordes of people coming in the opposite direction looking for taxis, apparently oblivious. The bus park was in from the road a fair bit so you wouldn't happen to see it unless you knew what you were looking for.
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