I dunno if this is a rant, but it will probably turn into one by the time I finish typing....
Over the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing U2 at Cardiff. It was a really good gig and I never realised that U2 would be as good live as they were.
So no problem with the band. But I do have issues with the general organisation, safety and behaviour of people attending. It's a football stadium, with a massive crowd crammed onto what would normally be the football pitch. People so tightly packed they are literally shoulder to shoulder and chest to back. Now what happens if someone has a heart attack / kidney failure / panic attack etc etc? No safety stewards in sight anywhere. A fight nearly broke out near where I was standing, but no security to be seen anywhere nearby. No bag searches on the way in and I know for a fact that one person near me was carrying a knife.
Supposing the crowd surge forward? No barriers of any type seperating the thousands of people there. Surely people would be crushed to death? It's been seen before in football stadiums. Does it have to actually happen before we prevent it?
And finally I'm going to moan about the general animal behaviour of people attending the event. If one needs to relieve oneself, surely one would head for the door clearly marked "toilets"? No? Well I would, but maybe I'm unusual. It seems that it's more normal to p*ss in ones beer glass and then tip it over the floor. I have been told today that at the last Oasis concert, not only did people relieve themselves in beer glasses, but they then threw their fluids over the people around them.
Animal Britain? Definitely. I also had French and Belgian people standing near me and their behaviour was excellent, even though they were drinking.