19,000 fans well behaved for The Boss

Police applauded crowd behaviour after Saturday’s Bruce Springsteen concert in the Hunter.

A capacity crowd filled Hope Estate Winery at Pokolbin for the first of two shows marking Springsteen’s visit.

Central Hunter Chief Inspector Greg Lindsell said only one person had been ejected from the venue for intoxicated behaviour on Saturday.

Chief Inspector Lindsell said this was a great result considering 19,000 people filled the venue.

“Maybe everyone was mesmerised by Springsteen’s music,” he said.

“These concerts are generally around 11,000 or 12,000 [people]. The last time we had a crowd this size was for Fleetwood Mac.”

He said there were no traffic incidents involving cars going to and from Hope Estate.

Police were gearing up for the second concert when the Mercury went to print yesterday and Chief Inspector Lindsell said 20 officers would patrol the venue.

Bruce Springsteen performs at Hope Estate Winery on Saturday.

Bruce Springsteen performs at Hope Estate Winery on Saturday.

“It’s the right sort of crowd too,” he said. 

“People don’t want to pay for a ticket and accommodation and get ejected from the show for being intoxicated and misbehaving.” 

Springsteen and his famous E Street Band stopped in the Hunter for two shows as part of their latest Australian tour.

The Boss, as he is known, treated audiences to songs from throughout his career during shows that lasted a marathon three hours.