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MCD’s Denis Desmond

This morning.

Via Irish Times:

Concert promoter MCD, which runs the Electric Picnic music festival, is facing claims of “abrasive management behaviour” within the business.

The company, controlled by US events giant Live Nation Entertainment, said it was examining the claims but did not provide any details, saying its internal affairs were private.

Confirmation that MCD is facing the issue came after The Irish Times submitted questions about the company’s response to complaints.

The reply was issued by MCD co-founder Denis Desmond, the driving force behind the business for decades. “We can confirm for the record that MCD is looking into allegation [sic] of breaches of the company’s dignity-at-work policy relating exclusively to abrasive management behaviour,” he wrote in an email. “The welfare of our staff is of paramount importance to us and we are looking at the allegation accordingly.”

MCD faces claims of ‘abrasive management behaviour’ (Irish Times)


972580-calvin-harrisThat bloke!

And other people!

From MCD:

Calvin Harris (above) is the first act to be officially unveiled as OXEGEN bound this August Bank Holiday weekend – 2nd, 3rd and 4th Aug 2013.
He will be joined in Punchestown by hip hop duo Rizzle Kicks who are currently putting the finishing touches to the follow up of their hugely successful debut album “Stereotypical”, award winning DJs Jack Beats and Duke DuMont who recently stormed the charts with his single Need U.


It’s more of that flippin’ “lethal mix” they warned us about, Joe.

Marlay Park, Ratharnham,  Co Dublin, last night.

Darren Devereux writes:

Just a note on security at the Marlay Park gigs.I was at the Kasabian/Noel Gallagher gig last night and just thought that the security was OTT. We had to queue 3 times to get to the queue to enter the event. At one of the queues we were given a plastic bag (above) to put ‘anything you have in your pockets’ in. Then we were patted down thoroughly by one guy and sent over to the next guy who gave us the once over with a metal detector. After the sound came back on (power went down for a while), in the pit there were security guys going round in groups of 8-10 telling people to ‘stop jumping’ which was hilarious to watch. But hey, at least nobody was stabbed!! The system works!


“L’ asks:

I have a lovely pic of Michael Lowry TD and Justin Greene MCD outside Bruxelles [off Grafton Street, Dublin]. Of any interest for the week that’s in it for both people?


Should we publish the Lowry/MCD-just-two-smashing-gentlemen-having-the-chat-sure-where-would-you-get-it-at-all-at-all photo.

Or just post it on Boards.ie Or not.

YOU decide.

Lines close at 4pm.

UPDATE: photo taken in Spring.

“A productive meeting was held today between An Garda Siochana and MCD at which an initial review took place. A range of issues were discussed surrounding the event including matters of serious concern in the public domain. It was agreed that both organisations will carry out a more in-depth review regarding all aspects of the event.

An Garda Siochana and MCD condemn all anti social behaviour and will continue to work together to minimise any re-occurrence.

Public safety is and always has been a priority for both An Garda Siochana and MCD.
Prior to all events a range of relevant stakeholders including Gardai and Concert Promoters meet and agree an Event Management Plan which is implemented and reviewed after each event.

Three concerts were held at the Phoenix Park 5-7-8th July and in total circa 135,000 people attended these concerts.

On the 7th July, total security personnel present was 511 and there were in excess of 145 Gardai on duty. Regrettably a number of incidents occurred resulting in 33 arrests which led to 70 charges being preferred before the courts (public order, drunkenness and drug related offences). In total over the 3 nights there were 58 arrests and in excess of 100 charges preferred before the courts. It is expected that there will be further charges in early course and an incident room has been established at Cabra Garda Station and all incidents will be fully investigated.

Further meetings will be held in the context of lessons learned and orientation for future concerts of this nature. The Garda Commissioner will be preparing a report for the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence following this review.

Until such a review has taken place it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Statement issued by An Garda Siochana and MCD (MCD.ie)

Previously: Irish Times House Mafia

NOT the E-Tabs!

MCD: 100% Satisfaction

Lost Weekend