I'm surprised you could detect good or bad rap from that far.
I'm probably opinion #1 mainly because over the years I've watched it get bigger, noisier and with a good "we don't care about you" (residents and the surrounding area) "as long as we make money" attitude.
Big, in this case, is not beautiful.
Madeline, I went around the park today on a further supervised tour, with the Chair of the Friends Group and staff from both the Council and Live Nation.
My view hasn't changed: both the Council and Live Nation broadly, do about as good a job of managing this (unwieldy) event as is possible in the circumstances, but – in a nutshell – it's just too big for the location.
I'm in camp 3, although it might sound a bit like I'm in camp 2. If everything in this thread can be believed, then it seems like it isn't being very well managed and of course it's utterly unreasonable that children have a more perilous journey to school because of events in the park. However, I think any argument to this effect is negated by the whining about minor inconveniences that some people seem unable to tolerate.
3 sounds sensible IMHO.
I'm mainly in 3, I think. There are a couple of bigger issues which are probably worth looking at, but a lot of things raised here are largely irrelevant, exaggerated or plain incorrect!
I would be categorise myself as 3, with an extension: well managed event is ok, but 4 weeks of restricted access to the park is too long.
This isn't a complete list... The problem with Wireless is it uses up a massive amount of real estate unlike the gigs of old, it lasts for 3 days (plus 1 this year) and trashes the park. The Fleadh had a habit of being smaller, about 35k people and in and out very quickly... for me Wireless is the issue...
Middle way - I personally am not inconvenienced by the walling-off of the park because I don't use it much, but why does the music have to be so damn loud ?
When the actual concert-goers have to wear earplugs shouldn't the techies just turn it down a bit ?
Will they not be sued sometime down the line by deaf fans ? More work for Ersan and Co I suppose.