Oxegen promoters claim safety is priority

Oxegen Festival at Punchestown. Photo: Michael Donnelly.
MCD, the promoters of the Oxegen 2013 festival, which will take place at Punchestown Racecourse in August, have hit back at concerns that the dance line up may attract anti-social behaviour.

MCD, the promoters of the Oxegen 2013 festival, which will take place at Punchestown Racecourse in August, have hit back at concerns that the dance line up may attract anti-social behaviour.

Oxegen, which was once known as Ireland’s biggest rock and roll festival, has this year switched its direction to become a dance and urban, hip-hop festival.

Last summer, nine people suffered various stab wounds during a similar type of dance event when Swedish House Mafia played Dublin on Saturday on July 7.

The gig, which was also promoted by MCD, was marred by the series of tragic incidents. The concert also featured Snoop Dogg and Calvin Harris, who are on the Oxegen 2013 lineup,

In a statement made to the Leinster Leader after the announcement last week of this August Bank Holiday’s line-up, MCD maintains that public safety continues to be their number one priority. The capacity of the festival will be 50,000 attendees.

Local resident Colm Molloy from Broadfield confirmed, however, that the residents nearby are happy with MCD’s security plans for Oxegen 2013.

“We had an initial meeting with MCD and they guaranteed us the same level of security and co-operation as before,” he said.

“We don’t have an issue with it and we have found that MCD stand by their word. They make a large contribution to local charities every year and we have never had a problem with them in the last six or seven years.”

Meanwhile, the statement from MCD highlighted an event management plan which will be implemented at the event to sufficiently police the area.

“Public safety of the 1.75 million people who attend our events annually has always been and continues to be our number one priority,” stated the company.

“Following extensive and ongoing consultation with An Garda Síochana and all relevant authorities, an Event Management Plan and an An Garda Síochana operational and security policing strategy, will be implemented in accordance with best practices, and in compliance with Government, Local Authority and legislative licensing requirements for such events. This extensive planning process commenced a number of months ago and remains ongoing.”

- Paula Campbell