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Blue Mtn Music Festival a disgrace

Published:Wednesday | February 25, 2015 | 12:00 AM


The Blue Mountain Music Festival took place over two days, last weekend, February 21-22. It did not deliver on Day 1.

On Saturday, I drove up with a group of friends and parked at Newcastle and was shuttled up fairly promptly. We arrived about 4 p.m., which was the start time. We could not quite figure out where the stage was, as it was so quiet. We eventually found the stage and noticed that there was nothing happening.

We set up our chairs and started getting ready for great music that was to follow. The sun set and it was silent. Darkness fell and the only entertainment we had was watching the organisers bring equipment, piece by piece, on to the stage. The lights came on and it was still quiet.

Four hours later, one of the organisers apologised, without a microphone, for the delay, which was apparently due to a cold front, the day before!

Five hours later than the scheduled start time, the concert began. The audience had been extremely patient and should have been compensated for not having started a riot!

Even by the worst standards, paying that much money, driving all that way to a concert and then having to wait five hours, is a complete and utter disgrace. The experience has left me very disappointed with the progress we have made in this area, given our vast experience in organising music festivals.