Thoughts after Marlay Park day 1
Kasabian and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds rocked Marlay Park last night. It was a fantastic gig and we had loads of fun. David Guetta will be on stage tonight with Benny Benassi, Rizzle Kicks and Wolfgang Gartner warming up the crowd from 4 PM. Van Morrison and Tom Jones, probably the most expected acts of the week in Dublin, are Saturday’s headlines for Marlay Park.
Getting to the venue proved to be a little more complicated than we initially thought. Dublin Bus route 16 was the first choice for most of the people traveling from the City Centre. We don’t know whether or not Dublin Bus increased the number of buses for this line, but what we know is that there were people that weren’t able to take the 16 bus from College Green for at least three consecutive times because it was full. The other option of getting to Marlay Park was with shuttle bus operated by Marathon Coach Hire. We found out about this option by chance, since there is no official website/twitter account/facebook page for the event. By the way, who organizes such an event and doesn’t have a website?! Even Prosperous Music Festival has a website. It’s one of the ugliest in history, true, but it’s there.The Marathon buses left from George’s Quay every hour until 7 PM, which, in our opinion, is not enough for a concert scheduled to happen on a workday.
The access to the concert area was smooth even though the security measures made us feel we were getting on a plane for a transatlantic flight. But if that’s what it takes to avoid what happened at the Swedish House Mafia gig, then we’re fine with it. The queues at the bars were reasonable, so waiting to get a drink didn’t take ages, like at other festivals. Everything else related to the event itself seemed ok.
Going from Marlay Park towards the City Centre or other parts of Dublin was even more difficult than getting to the concert. There was very little information regarding transportation and the staff members seemed to know very little about the available options. There were way too few Dublin busses available, so at least half of the people we saw queuing for a bus weren’t able to catch one. The Marathon Coaches refused to take people that didn’t come with them on the way to the concert. We didn’t know about that rule and there’s not much info on this topic on their website.
All in all it was a good gig and the bands lived up to the expectations The sound was great, although Noel’s set was delayed because of some technical fault, it wasn’t too crowded and there were no major unpleasant incidents.