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17th May 2018

People Are Furious Over The Layout For The Ed Sheeran Gig Last Night In Phoenix Park


You’d be ragin’ if this happened to you. 

Ed Sheeran kicked off his long awaited three gig stint in Phoenix Park last night. 

Around 50,000 people turned up to hear the ‘Shape Of You’ singer for a show that sold out within minutes last year. 

However, many fans were disappointed in the layout of the gig which left many of them unable to hear and see the singer. 

The crowd layout was in the shape of a semi-circle with stands around the corner for seated ticket holders. There was a gap in the middle so people could walk into the standing section. 

People took to Twitter to vent their frustrations over the sound quality and their view.

One Twitter user said, “A merch stand right in front of the stage blocking the view for most of the crowd €200 well spent! I literally didn’t lay eyes on Ed once.”

Another questioned the idea behind the placement of the merchandise stand.

Another person said she couldn’t hear because there were no speakers behind the seated stands.

One fan said there were just as many people behind the stands as there were in front of them. 

In response to some of the comments and queries, Aiken Promotions have released the following:

“Re: some comments from audience members who mistakenly thought they had seated tickets when they were in fact standing tickets, we want to clarify that tickets with Gen Admission (GA) on them are tickets for the designated standing area. If you have a seated ticket it will clearly state on it a Block / Row and seat number.

“Please check your tickets carefully.

“Last night a number of people arrived late. Please leave plenty of time to get to the venue.

“Please check online for details on where concessions and toilets are located and your best routes from the area you are in to those facilities. There are bars and concessions left and right of the stage.

“Red Route is for seated tickets – Seating blocks A & B must enter by the North Rd entrance (Cabra and Ashtown side), Seating Blocks C, D, E must enter at Chesterfield Avenue.

“If you have standing tickets – Yellow Route or Blue route you can enter by either side – please follow signage and directions of stewards.

“Last night movement of people through the large gap between two banks of seats (that is the connection between the concessions area/entrances and the viewing area/pitch) worked well all night until Ed took to the stage when approximately 5,000 people were still to come in.

“When Ed went on stage those people who were in the concessions /toilet area and those still entering came in through the gap but did not move on to take a place in the designated standing area, they just stopped inside the gap to watch the show. This gap was not meant to be a viewing area, it was designed to facilitate movement between areas.

“This meant the people behind those who had stopped were unable to get into the viewing area and likewise some people were unable to get back out to the toilets for a time. There was at all times plenty of space left and right but it took time and many stewards and Gardai to move them on in. Once this had been done normal movement between the areas resumed.

“Following a meeting this morning the team are putting additional measures in place to prevent it happening again.

“There have been no reports of any (even minor) injuries as a result of this.”

Hopefully it will be sorted.

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