Saturday, July 13, 2013

No Water at Salmon Fest!

Well the tweets have been coming in all afternoon. The only way to get water at this festival was to line up for an hour and pay $4 for a bottle. But even worse, they apparently ran out of stock by late afternoon. Not a very good situation for an all-day music festival in the blazing heat with 25000 dehydrated people!

Gauging concert goers with ridiculous prices for luxury items, is understandable, but this is not a luxury item. People without water for a 9 hour concert in the hot sun, will be at risk of health problems, including dehydration and heat stroke. While I made the following vlog today to mock the situation, this is really no laughing matter.  A huge shame on organizers for this catastrophic blunder. I'm so glad I didn't make the trip to Salmon Fest. Much more happy to be safe and sound here at home beside my kitchen tap!

1 comment:

jayemeff said...

My parents attended and would have had to leave if not for the generosity of a young guy who manged to sneak water in. He gave them a extra bottle.

Not surprisingly, there were no reports of beer running out.

Ottawa Bluesfest, a comparable size event, just wrapped and although bags were checked, water could be brought in. Plus people could leave and re-enter whenever they pleased.

It boils down to 3 things:
1. Greed - $4 a bottle is a total money grab
2. Laziness - take the time to check bags. Other venues do it.
3. Incompetence - some or all of the organizing committee have zero common sense.

There's at least one woman who is looking into filing a lawsuit. Good for her. This was borderline criminal.