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MCD issues statement after stabbings at Phoenix Park concert

Nine people were stabbed at last night’s gig. MCD has expressed its disappointment at a ‘small number’ engaging in anti-social behaviour.

The concert site in the Phoenix Park
The concert site in the Phoenix Park
Image: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Updated 6.34pm

CONCERT PROMOTERS MCD have made a statement regarding the incidents at last night’s Swedish House Mafia gig in the Phoenix Park.

Nine people were stabbed last night, and one man remains in Garda custody in relation to the Garda investigation. Three men are in Connolly hospital in Dublin, two with serious injuries.

Gardaí said they are investigating the possibility that more than one person was responsible for the assaults.

Denis Desmond, managing director of MCD Productions has said that the company is disappointed “that an individual or very small number of individuals engaged in anti-social behaviour”.

Desmond said that the behaviour was not a reflection of the behaviour of the vast majority of the 45,000 fans.

Unfortunately, anti-social behaviour has become more and more part of our daily society with no town or village across the country escaping such conduct.

Desmond said that ticket holders were subjected to searches upon entering the site, and that every precaution was taken. All CCTV footage from the area has been handed over to Gardaí. MCD said it would be inappropriate at this stage to comment on the Garda investigation, but said they are cooperating fully with officers.

MCD said that security and Garda personnel levels were in excess of the numbers required for a licensed event of this size.

The promoters have wished those affected a full and speedy recovery.

Three males in their teens or early twenties died of overdoses last night in Dublin – one of them had collapsed prior to the concert in the Phoenix Park and had sought medical attention inside the arena.

Update: Nine stabbed at Phoenix Park concert>

Three die from overdoses including one who collapsed at Phoenix Park gig>

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