Alcohol ban lifted for Enter Shikari's St Albans gig
A BAN on alcohol during the forthcoming Enter Shikari gig at the Alban Arena has been lifted after the council backed down on the restriction. Like the fans at other venues on the band s massive UK tour, those at the next St Albans show will be allowed t
A BAN on alcohol during the forthcoming Enter Shikari gig at the Alban Arena has been lifted after the council backed down on the restriction.
Like the fans at other venues on the band's massive UK tour, those at the next St Albans show will be allowed to drink alcohol as long as they are aged over 18 and can show ID.
Last week, the Herts Advertiser reported on the band's anger at the strict security measures imposed on the gig by the local authority, which they accused of, "giving up on the young people of St Albans".
It followed a vow from Enter Shikari to boycott the venue last year over claims that the council tried to cancel their last gig there because of security fears.
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Instead, Enter Shikari said extra security was enforced at a cost to them and plain-clothes police officers were placed in the audience.
A strict finishing time of 10pm was imposed and one bar was serving alcohol.
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Despite the lack of trouble at the show, which was watched by more than 1,000 fans, the council said that the same measures would be in place for Enter Shikari's next Alban Arena gig on Wednesday, October 8.
But they also added an outright ban on alcohol to the list - something they have now revoked. Alcoholic drinks will now be sold in the Arena's basement bar during the gig.
A spokesperson said the decision followed a further consultation between Leisure Connection and the district council's licensing team - though it is understood that the tour promoters were also unhappy at the Draconian measures.
She said the Arena and the council were, "committed to providing opportunities for young people to enjoy themselves in a safe environment".
Richard Shwe, Head of Culture and Community Development at the council, said: "We have taken on board a number of parties' views, especially ticket holders, to deliver the best outcome for all concerned. It should be a great night for St Albans.