Dublin blows its cool over MTV's galaxy of stars

DUBLIN MAY be Europe's capital of cool, but it has still worked itself into a sweat over tonight's MTV music awards. The sight of white stretch limos is enough to unleash a frenzy that can be hard to negotiate, as the rapper Puff Daddy's driver learned this week: As a horde of teenaged fans roared their admiration, a motorcycle courier slid under the car, breaking his leg in the process.

As it happened the excitement was misplaced: the American superstar was lying in his hotel resting his vocal chords for tonight's bash at Dublin's Point theatre.

Hundreds of teenagers have spent the past few days standing outside the city's luxury hotels, fuelled by no more than Red Bull and lustful fantasies.

But some of those who waited outside the event's champagne launch on Tuesday were disappointed by the low star count. Boyzone's lead singer and award presenter Ronan Keating was the only celebrity of note to turn up; but then, as one disgruntled 16-year-old girl observed, he would attend the opening of an envelope.

Nevertheless, the music channel claims that this is the biggest ever rock event andmost would agree that the small city's infrastructure is being stretched to the limit by the stars and their entourages.

Whitney Houston, Britney Spears, Geri Halliwell, Mariah Carey and the Fun Lovin' Criminals have brought with them armies of large scowling bodyguards and enough luxury cars to disgust the city's everyday motorists. That irritation is made worse by the exclusive nature of the occasion.

MTV claims a billion people may watch the awards ceremony on television. But only 1,000 members of the payingpublic will witness the event first hand. Tickets that originally went on sale at Irpounds 22 (pounds 18), are now more likely to cost Irpounds 2,000 on the Dublin black market.

A welter of clubs have been booked for post-ceremony bashes, although the enjoyment of some parties may be curtailed after the seizure at Dublin airport on Sunday of four kilos of cocaine, reportedly destined for the nostrils of pop's finest.

Other likely profiteers include the hundreds of paparazzi who wait patiently for a quick glimpse of The Corrs or Eternal and the real prize of confirming the rumour that Madonna is in town. Yesterday they were briefly rewarded for a damp four hours outside a plush hotel. For 10 seconds, a demure Britney Spears, looking at least four years younger than her official age of 17, emerged to be whisked away in a rather unglamorous people carrier.

At a respectful distance, a clutch of motorcycle couriers had gathered. "We heard about yer man on Tuesday," one explained, referring to the Puff Daddy incident. "None of us would mind a repeat of that episode - imagine the compensation."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want it for the fitness tech, or for the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Project Implementation Executive

£18000 - £23000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Chiropractic Assistant

£16500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Chiropractic Assistant is needed in a ...

Recruitment Genius: Digital Account Executive - Midlands

£18000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They work with major vehicle ma...

Recruitment Genius: Web Developer

£28000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company provides coaching ...

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own