I did not attend the recent Salmon Festival concert and, it seems, luckily so.
Hearing the reports one cannot help but grimace in cynicism.
So, people pay extra bucks to become Very Important Persons and sit at the front.
The terminology alone is enough to make you squirm.
Variable-cost seating is common at entertainment events, but it is not generally phrased to be a reflection on the individuals’ measure of personal importance — whatever that might mean.
Then, to confiscate water at the gate so you can charge highly inflated rates for it inside!
Combine this with the fact that the concert takes place in what is hoped to be hot summer weather, and (not to mention the horrendous lineups) it looks like a setup for extortion.
Face it, you’d pay everything you had for a glass of water if you were dehydrating.
Free access to drinking water is something we take for granted even at the most pricey restaurants. People should have been encouraged to bring water as a safety measure.
The practice of denying it in a “compound situation” has the smell of a basic human rights violation and should be investigated as such.
I suppose they could have made big bucks by charging for access to the washrooms, too, but thankfully that is still considered a step too far.
On top of this (according to the July 16 Telegram) the patrons were not allowed to leave the grounds and return. Well, how convenient — for the organizers. Can’t they get their act together to keep track of people without penning them in for the full 10 or 12 hours? There’s plenty of basic technology that can allow for this convenience — that is, if you, indeed, care about the needs of your patrons.
What if they were to run out of money and couldn’t afford to buy water?
As Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi might say: “Sorry, no concert for you!”
Hearing all of this, one can only wonder — what were they thinking?
Unfortunately, the answer is excruciatingly obvious, and is not a message we’ll be running in the tourist ads.
“Oh, but this is just the way it’s done everywhere,” might be the response.
Well, if this is the case, it is an indictment of an arrogant, backward, cruel industry, immersed in unenlightened self-interest, and in need of a drastic cultural overhaul.