‘Mums were falling down drunk at Little Mix gig’

Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards
Little Mix in concert. Picture: IBL/REX/Shutterstock
Jade Thirlwall, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, Jesy Nelson and Perrie Edwards Little Mix in concert. Picture: IBL/REX/Shutterstock
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DRUNK mothers collapsed in a heap at a Little Mix gig or had to be held up by their children, disgusted concert-goers have claimed.

The pop idols played to a large audience of young girls accompanied by their parents at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston on Friday night as part of their Glory Days tour.

But later the Evening News Facebook page was inundated with complaints about a lack of security and the behaviour of intoxicated adults.

People said they had seen parents falling down drunk, pushing in front of children and swearing when challenged.

Sharon Ure said it had been a “fantastic night”. But she added “Some [mothers] were so drunk they had actually collapsed in a heap - disgusting behaviour for essentially a young audience.”

Kerry Henderson posted: “Drunk adults - I was disgusted pushing young kids out the way falling about everywhere.”

Elaine Hall said: “Little Mix and the support acts were fab.” But she claimed drunk adults “were happy to push in and stand in front of kids - when challenged, happy to curse and swear in front of said children. And even worse mothers so drunk that their kids were holding them up! Disgusting and disgraceful.”

Margaret Mckenzie added: “Yeah my daughter was there with my granddaughter she also said it was really bad - women there with kids falling down drunk kids crying and not a security guard in sight.”

And Paul Sloan complained: “All concerts now seem to have loads of drunk folk at them who just completely spoil it for everybody. It’s getting worse.”

Little Mix were supported at the concert by English singer Ella Eyre, winner of a 2014 Brit Award, and Australian indie-pop band Sheppard, who previously supported Justin Bieber on his latest tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Event organisers had issued a safety warning ahead of the concert due to the numbers that were expected. They said no children or teenagers under the age of 16 would be allowed into the grounds without an adult and no bags larger than A4 size would be permitted into the arena.

Thousands of fans had queued outside the showground for hours beforehand, waiting to see the band, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson and Leigh-Anne Pinnock.

But people who attended complained on Facebook about a lack of security.

Gemma Hamill said: “Security was terrible - we just walked right in, tickets not counted, bags are us not searched, nothing!”

Diane Campbell Sab said: “Security was awful no bag checks after recent events I thought that would be paramount.”

One woman, however, said she had not seen any problem. Lauren Ford posted: “Security were right next to us - everyone behaved appropriately and had fun.”

The Royal Highland Centre said it could not comment on security as it was the responsibility of the promoter.

The Evening News tried to contact concert promoters LCC Live, but received no response.

ian.swanson@edinburghnews.com