Just back in the West after a long drive back after the Ennio Morricone gig in Dublin. A rare opportunity to see the Italian maestro and film composer extraordinaire in action in Ireland and one not likely to be repeated. The music was wonderful. and the sound quality quite good. The 100 strong Dublin Gospel Choir looked and sounded the biz. The soprano soloist, Susanna Rigacci soared effortlessly above the lush string sounds of the 97 strong Roma Sinfonietta. The rain that threatened to spoil the Sunday evening party cleared early in the programme, much to everybody's relief.. The sold out house were in their seats. The sprightly octagenarian maestro appeared on stage, baton raised. Surely the event would command the utmost attention of the sold out house?
If your going to Morricone this eve, be prepared for very unprofessional set up. May as well have been held in Heuston at rush hour!So you would think. Any assumptions that normal concert etiquette would apply were quickly banished as the maestro's baton raising was a cue for a significant proportion of the audience to begin their perambulations. 'Another Beck's is it?' said my neighbouring patron to his companion leaving the seat he surely had paid dearly for as he departed for the far frontier of the refreshment stalls arriving back in time to add his crab like movement to the hushed soprano solo in Once Upon a Time in the West. trampling on my toes while he was it. I was grateful that I was seated a mere dozen rows back and the footfall that went clip clop along the plastic central thoroughfare throughout the evening was somewhat reduced. Had I the misfortune to have been seated any further back, I would have given up and gone home.
— Mary C Lynch (@gliondarcroi) July 28, 2013
Shame on you Pod Promotions for allowing catering stalls to remain open during the performance, proving an irresistible lure for fidgety patrons and meaning further trips for attendant consequences Most including myself had foregone the souvenir programmes at €10 a pop, so didn't know the running order.. An announcement clearly made at the beginning that there would be no interval and at least suggesting people remain seated except in case of emergency, would have been useful And why just one gate open at the opening of the evening? For anyone approaching form the Chapelizod end, it meant a long trek in the rain to the East Gate meaning many patrons arrived disgruntled and wet.
Attend another open air music event delivered this way? No thanks!