Marlin wrote:With all due respect, it seems the opinions on the festival are becoming like a collection of the same rants that occur every year.
People aren't nice enough to newbies - check.
It's all racial - check.
Drunk people are annoying - check.
People got in the way during freebie handouts - check.
Much as I understand SOME of these issues, the reality is it's a festival. Go to Reading, Glastonbury or V and exactly the same things happens, times ten. Give Cannes or Austin a go and you'll scream. I go to major festivals all over the world, and the reality is, if free shit is up for grabs, ticket holders tend to go for it.
The racist thing really pisses me off - I'm surrounded by black people who seem to enjoy the whole thing without issue. Perhaps we all need to look at ourselves a bit when it comes to getting involved. If you chat and make the effort, most people will do likewise - my neighbours seem happy enough. There isn't a racial bone in this festival's anatomy.
I had racial issues & didn't go expecting it. I spike to people around me & got disgusted looks or ignored. My other half who is Caucasian had not issues with anyone. Even when I was with him people would ignore me & address him even if I had asked a question.
The people around only changed their opinion of me when I refused to leave their belongings unattended. And flagged them down to draw their attention to me!
I had a great time at Frightfest, but I was just shocked that the behaviour was worse that when I went to a music festival just prior.
I went to Download & Sonisphere this year & did not get treated as bad as this.