By Zach Campbell
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Plastic barriers were up for Tuesday night's Sigur Rós show at the Prospect Park bandshell, blocking the view for those who didn't, or couldn't, get tickets, which promoters say sold out in just 45 minutes.
Still, with the excellent sound and cool night, those beyond the fence could still picnic on the grass and enjoy an hour-and-a-half set by the Icelandic 11-piece experimental rock band. It was their first tour in four years.
“Since it's a paid show, that's part of the deal,” explained a spokesperson for Celebrate Brooklyn, referring to the large jet-black plastic barriers that have been installed before every paid show at the bandshell over the last few years.
“If all that fencing were down then anyone could very well see the show from the outside,” the spokesperson added. "It lowers the value of the tickets.”
This summer Celebrate Brooklyn is staging 32 shows, 25 of which will be free. Barriers will go up for the seven paid shows to keep out voyeuristic picnickers. Promoters points out that these concerts pay for the rest of the series, most of which is free.
Besides, as one passer-by put it: “the food's cheaper on this side of the fence.”