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Melvin Benn apologises for overcrowding in Longitude queues

By | Published on Monday 17 July 2017

Longitude Festival

Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn has issued an apology for what he describes as an “uncomfortable start” in the queue at Dublin’s Longitude festival on Friday. Others have called it a “stampede”.

Various ticketholders complained of overcrowding in the queue to enter the festival on the first day of the event. Organisers initially dismissed those claims, though acknowledged that there had been delays at the gate due to increased security measures.

In a later statement, Benn said: “The opening hour of yesterday’s entry was not what I wanted. We had encouraged people to arrive early and they heeded the encouragement to a greater level than anticipated making that first hour difficult and I owe those caught up in it an apology”.

He continued: “However, every single person caught up in the shock of the uncomfortable start was able to continue into the concert and enjoy the day despite that. As you would anticipate, my teams have worked throughout the night to improve the entry for today and tomorrow so everyone can enjoy Longitude at its best”.

According to reports, issues had been resolved by Friday evening.