First off, let me say that The Killers were absolutely amazing, however, the organisation of the venue was abysmal. This is the second time I've been to the Liberty Stadium for a music event (seen Kings of Leon in 2014, that was badly organised as well). I don't think they should hold anymore big events like this before they actually learn from their mistakes which ruined peoples nights.
Entry to the outside 'village' was simple as we'd arrived quite early, around half 4, and not many people had arrived yet. Prices for food and drink were ridiculous, £10 for a cup of low alcohol gin and tonic. Water should have been freely available as well and handed out around the pitch, especially as the stadium began to fill, no one wants to queue ages for a £2 bottle of water.
Major problems with the organisation started showing as the support act came on and the stadium started reaching its capacity. There was only one entrance for those standing and the stewards that were working at the stadium seemed confused and hopeless, the amount of them that I seen just standing around doing nothing, just watching the band was terrible(same with the bar staff that had apparently sold out of drinks halfway through the show). There was also only one exit gate for those wanting to leave the stadium to use the portaloos outside and to get food or other drinks. This was a huge health and safety hazard and I'd hate to imagine what could have happened if there was an emergency.
I was expecting that the vendors and toilets INSIDE the stadium would be for the use of everyone, not just seating, as its fair and makes more sense in order to avoid large queues and general chaos. The exit gate was an absolute mess because they didn't separate the people that wanted to leave who already had been given wristbands from the people who were yet to have wristbands so it took ages to get out even though we already had our wristbands on and didn't need one. There should have been two separate exit points for those who already had wristbands to quickly leave and then another queue for those who were yet to get them.
The worst thing by far though was the lack of toilets for standing ticket holders. You'd think based on thousands of people standing and drinking alcohol that they would have more than enough available but at one point, I think we queued for about half an hour to use a disgusting portaloo whilst missing the show. We always queued for at least 10/15 minutes to use them and then had to queue ages to get back in the stadium. For a start, they shouldn't have allowed the seated people to use the outside portaloos as they had their own to use inside.The toilet situation completely spoiled the night for myself and loads of other people as you had to miss large sections of the show in order to use the toilet.
I notice most of the good reviews for the Liberty Stadium are coming from people that had seated tickets and therefore, weren't treated like animals. Men were literally urinating wherever they could as the night went on whilst the women had to queue in masses to use the minute amount of portaloos available.There definitely weren't enough bins available inside and if there were, I couldn't really see any so people were throwing their rubbish everywhere and then people were tripping over things in the crowd. I think there should have been stewards amongst the people standing as well because it was disgusting to see that people had literally been sick on the floor in amongst the crowd and men were urinating in cups and then throwing them.
I thank god that we had arranged a lift home otherwise we would have had to have waited hours and hours for a taxi. The Liberty Stadium is an absolute shambles for organising shows, I will never attend another show there and don't think any big bands should play there either. I live 10 minutes from Swansea and would rather travel hours to go to London to a proper stadium instead of dealing with the absolute mess put on by the organisers at the Liberty. They made maximum profit from ripping people off with drink prices and having the least amount of portaloos possible.
Still though, The Killers were absolutely amazing and I'd love to see them again, just in a way better place.
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