Hi Wendy,Mabeanie1 wrote: A few comments about security. awaythelads commented that he had "the bulk of [his] kit" confiscated on the doors. Sorry awaythelads but what are you doing taking anything more than a compact or bridge camera to an indoor arena show? You should know that you are unlikely to be able to use any "kit" unless you have a photo pass and then only for the first song. My small back pack was not searched at all (and rarely is at the LG Arena) nor have I ever had any problems using a compact camera at the arena though they were stopping people from videoing where they spotted it. I also heard stories of one particular security guy at the front on the right who was particularly irritating, stopping people from using cameras apparently and generally looking for trouble. There was some sort of "incident" between security and someone on the front row during Hallelujah that this guy was involved in but otherwise I thought security were pretty much low key. For the most part when people came forward for the encores they simply let us be - apart from the aforementioned "irritant" who, with one of his colleagues, belatedly tried to move the crowd out of the aisle to the right of the centre block at the start of Going Home. They were shouting and making so much noise that the crowd collectively "shushed" them. Quite right too. It may be their job to try and get people to go back to their seats but they don't have the right to disturb the enjoyment of everyone else in the audience whilst they are doing it.
Yes - know about the ins and outs of using photography kit at indoor shows. Security were good with me - I showed them what I had when I went in just to make sure they were ok with it as I didn't want any hassle during the show. The 'kit' was a small camera bag and medium-sized lens (considerably less zoom than modern compacts), plus a memory stick, all of which I could have fitted in my jacket pockets. They let me take the camera though - I'm still none the wiser what their policy is? I take photos as personal memories for me, to share with (or bore!) my children and also to share them with anybody who might like them on this forum. I try to be as discrete as I can be - I know how annoying iPhone/bridge cameras with bright displays and flashes, and especially the recent trend of using iPads can be for the other fans.
I also heard a bit of commotion to the right of me, including the shushing. I was too captivated with the performance to pay any attention - fortunately I was only a few feet from the stage. I was puzzled why there were so few people up front at the end of the show as has happened at all the Cohen concerts that I have witnessed.
An excellent night for me and once again a million thanks to jarkko for allowing me the privilege of having front row seats!