Comments for: Portland embraces Mumford & Sons; band members visit residents on Eastern Prom

Posted Aug. 04, 2012, at 4:23 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 05, 2012, at 4:45 p.m.

PORTLAND | Allison Paine was making sure there were fresh hand towels available for guests at her Eastern Promenade home when a friend rushed in to tell her: “Mumford & Sons is on your porch.” Of course, she thought. She decorated her house with maritime flags spelling out the …

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  • Anonymous

    You can tell by the photo alone people had plenty of space to just chill and seemed pretty laid back. It looks like the promoter here likes to make money and have a nice atmosphere. Awesome!

    • Anonymous

       I’m happy that the promoter appears to be making a good bit of money.  But who pays for the police coverage, and presumably overtime, for the parks and recreation department, the city road crews to barricade various areas etc?  Are they paying for rental of the park at Eastern Promenade that the regular crowd of dog walkers and kite fliers can’t use on this sunny day?  I have no objection to anyone making a profit as long as the taxpayers don’t have to subsidize it.  I have tried to find any mention of it, going back to Press Herald articles reporting on the City Council’s approval, and I find no reference.
      It appears that the biggest accomplishment these Brit lads have done is to allow the Yanks to underwrite their business.  Tell me it isn’t so…

      • Anonymous

        Did you ever think of the revenue being generated from an extra 15000 people? Besides, a portion of the $70 ticket is paying for police services

      • Anonymous

        The city of Portland is being reimbursed for all expenses relating to the show.

  • I live up the street and the music has been great….I hope we have this type of concert again.

    • Anonymous

      Liz – I agree.  Both the bands and crowd were class acts.  Actually only had one group attempt to park in our lot and the crowd dispersed quietly and quickly following the show.  Very well handled, and the music was phenomenal.  Mumford’s quality of live play was impressive. 

  • Anonymous

    I can’t understand what about this concert has made it deserving of the 3 weeks of hype that it has received in the paper.  There are concerts in Bangor and Portland all the time.  What is the big deal?  Makes me think somebody at the paper stands to make some money off this particular concert.

    • Al Brady

       mumford and sons are a world class act…probably one of the top 5 bands out right now…

    • Anonymous

      This was a first time event. How much coverage did the first waterfront concert get?

  • Al Brady

    wish i could’ve been there saw them at bonnaroo 2 years ago!

  • Anonymous

    I like the photo of the girl in the front row watching the band on her 5 inch screen. 

    • Anonymous

      she is taking a picture with her telephone…no G4 Mike?

    • Anonymous

      Mike – do you think she may have been using that device to record the show vs. actually watch it live?  

  • Anonymous

    I guess I am out of touch……never even heard of these guys.

    • Anonymous

      certainly worth a listen – their genre may not match your musical tastes but if you’re into traditional instruments and good songwriting, you’ll enjoy the music.  

  • Anonymous

    Gawd buy a cd, hype it for ten days and play the cd while people lounge for nothing at the park, I bet these Limey’s are smiling all the way to the British Bank. I find this almost so unbelieveable, are people this desperate to say they did something? I wish the money could go to Maine kids who need school clothes.

    •  Are you serious?  Is your life so void of kindness that you have to post something like this?  “Desperate to say they did something”?  I suppose it is everyone’s responsibility to buy clothes for people who have kids that they can’t afford.  Is that your position?  Make it other people’s problem.

  • Anonymous

    My friends and I drove up from CT on Saturday morning for this festival.  None of us had ever been to Portland before.  Everything about the city (the people, the food, the atmosphere) was incredible.  The event was very well organized, the Eastern Promenade was the perfect summer venue, and getting in, around and out the area was hassle-free.  I regret not having been to this great city earlier, but I’m excited to come back soon!

  • Guest

    Has no one in Portland ever been to a concert before?  This entire event was a disgrace.  Great, no one got rowdy and no one died, congratulations!   Never mind that the place was completely overrun and many people who paid 70 dollars for tickets, including myself, couldn’t even get to a spot where you could see or hear the music.  The overcrowding was not just unpleasant, it made it impossible to purchase anything — water included — without standing in a line for an hour minimum.  I watched the people in the burger line…in an hour and a half, the thing moved 20 spots, no exaggeration.  And if something had happened — a fire, an emergency of any kind — people might literally have died.  We were fenced in and smushed up against each other like livestock.  All the positive press this concert is getting after the fact is either PR nonsense for the city or just plain ignorance.  It was a great idea — but poorly executed and if Portland wants to be taken seriously as a place that can handle events like that, they need to seriously revisit the planning process for any future opportunities.

    • Anonymous

      I agree with you about the food – there were not enough vendors and those who were there did not have enough food for the crowds.  However, I did not encounter any of the other problems you describe.  We had no problems getting water and drinks, we moved around freely and viewed the show (on our blankets) from various locations.  In case of emergency, all of the outer fencing was easily removed (as they did at the end) and the streets surrounding the event were closed and clear.  I have been to many concerts, including lots of outdoor festivals, and – except for the food situation – the organizers did a great job, especially for the first time for an event of this magnitude at this location.  I hope they do something like this again, I will surely return (from NH).

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