Adelaide, Big Day Out, Australia Concert Reviews: 01/30/09
So we're filtering through the run of the mill mainstream press reviews of the concert when we came across this stunner from AdelaideNow... Neil Young's big night out:
"Police were also conducting random swab testing, which is thought to be the first time the drug detection method has been used at an Adelaide event."
So is that what it's coming too?!!
Random drug tests to go into a concert???
Drug sniffing dogs were on the scene as well and apparently there were many drug arrests.
Freedom. Just another word.
UPDATE: 2/4 - From letter by Gove:
I can assure you, as both a concert goer & South Australian State Government employee & most importantly a Neil Young fan, that there was no random drug swabbing employed at the entry gates of the Adelaide Big Day Out, Neil Young’s only South Australian performance. Journalist (& I use the word loosely) Bec “Yonder Stands The Sinner” Gill has done this state a terrible injustice, not to mention the insult to music lovers.
Police were in attendance. Police were at the gates with a sniffer dog. “Persons of interest” were introduced to the dog. No swabbing of innocent bystanders ever occurred. Given the one dog that I saw & the 33,000 concert goers, you’d be really unlucky to get busted. Police reported that there was only about 20 drug related offences detected across the whole of the 12 hour event. It is my understanding there were no drug related arrests.
Please don’t think I’m a government apologist, I just wanted to provide you the facts. The Adelaide Today website is a Rupert Murdoch (News Corporation) publication. They also publish the only Adelaide daily newspaper. I like where I live & I would prefer that the rest of the world didn’t get the impression we were in a right wing fascist state.
I can assure you, this is not the case.
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