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Marlay Park concerts: 53 arrests over three nights of gigs

All the arrests were for public order and minor drugs offences – though there were NO arrests at last night’s concert.

File photo of fans at the Stones Roses gig in the Phoenix Park earlier this summer.
File photo of fans at the Stones Roses gig in the Phoenix Park earlier this summer.
Image: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ SAY 53 people were arrested over the last three nights of concerts at Marlay Park in Rathfarnham.

18 people were arrested at Thursday’s gig, featuring Kasabian and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, while 35 people were arrested at Friday’s David Guetta performance.

Gardaí said all of the arrests were for either public order or minor drugs offences under Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1977.

Last night’s gig at the Rathfarnham venue – featuring Van Morrison and Tom Jones – passed off without incident, and no arrests were made.

A Garda spokesman said a “considerable” amount of alcohol had been seized from concert-goers as they entered the venue, as part of a clampdown on the uncontrolled consumption of alcohol inside and outside the venue.

He added that 412 people had been refused entry to the David Guetta gig as they could not prove they were over 17 years of age. Concert promoters MCD had introduced a minimum age for attendance after tickets went on sale, and had offered full refunds to underage patrons.

The Marlay Park gigs – and Friday’s David Guetta performance in particular – had been the focus of increased security scrutiny following the events at the Swedish House Mafia gig at the Phoenix Park in July, at which nine people were stabbed.

Gardaí said it had worked closely with MCD following those events, and that the two organisations and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council wanted to acknowledge the co-operation and good behaviour of those attending this week’s gigs.

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