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VIDEO: Old people listen to Swedish House Mafia's fearsome 'electric music'

Gardaí singled out the group’s music as a factor in the Phoenix Park disorder. So what did these fine upstanding citizens think?

Not pictured: Scenes of violent disorder
Not pictured: Scenes of violent disorder
Image: lockone1977 via YouTube

SWEDISH HOUSE MAFIA are back in the headlines over their music, whose pounding, pounding beats apparently played a part in inciting the stabbings of nine people in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.

The official Garda report on the incident singled out the group’s “electric music” – yes, they called it that – as a factor in the disorder.

Officers then requested that concert promoters “give greater consideration to the selection of concert venue for this type of music”.

Local Fianna Fáil councillor Mary Fitzpatrick has also weighed in, arguing that promoters should “not [be] permitted” to hold “electronic dance music events” until extra security measures are put in place.

So just how dangerous IS the music of Swedish House Mafia? Well luckily, a couple of years ago some thoughtful soul in Sweden tasked a group of what this YouTube user simply calls “old people” with letting us know what they thought:

YouTube/lockone1977

Bonus: Skrillex is another artist at risk of holding “large scale outdoor ‘electric music’ events”. Here’s what some toddlers thought of his efforts:

YouTube/noisey

Read: MCD ‘should face ban on dance music events until it answers Garda report’>

More: Garda report on the Phoenix Park gig>

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