Bradford Bulls concert accused of drunken chaos

September 2013

Live events Industry


Bosses at Super League rugby club Bradford Bulls have denied a 1980s revival concert descended into “chaos” because of unsupervised drinking, failed to manage queues and had a “total disregard” for the public safety of revellers. Police have requested a review of its alcohol licence over a string of alleged breaches.

Police licensing officer Su Dawson had requested a review of the premises licence held by OK Bulls Ltd, saying the club had shown a “complete disregard and dismissive attitude” to the Licensing Act 2003. But Ryan Whitcut, general manager at the club, said the allegation of “chaos” was unfounded and the review was a “waste of public money” saying “No-one drunk was served, there was no chaos” and “People were queuing in an orderly fashion” and “The queues were long and more facilities were needed, but I know our staff on that night will have done everything they could to get the queues down”.

Saying that he was confident that the Licensing Committee would side with the Club Mr Whitcut insisted ““We are not going to have our licence taken away whatsoever.”

PC Dawson said the marquee bar was “in chaos” throughout the concert and her report highlighted five alleged licence breaches during the concert, which starred pop icons Rick Astley and Belinda Carlisle, including the sale of alcohol to drunk revellers and that the club had displayed a “total lack of respect to and a direct refusal” to comply with requests made by the licensing officer. An inspection document, which will also be presented to the licensing committee, claimed two personal licence holders were “not supervising bars, but were seen drinking in the VIP area as guests of the OK Bulls management”.

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