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pod2006
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 6:02:56 AM
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I look forward to the helicopter shuttle (goal:between acts only if possible) and at the end of the night the hoi polloi will be able to direct the helicopter pilots over the snaking congo lines of plebs waiting for the buses or traipsing back to the Trenchtown tent town, humming the adapted Matt Taylor's Chain (gang) song:

Well I remember when I was young the Beatles turned me on I really blew my mind
And we'd carry Jack and Pam we'd go and watch a band and have a real good time
Then I heard the Blackmans blues they really blew a fuse inside my head
So with some friends we made a new VIP stand and
Formed our first elitist Blues Band in a gated compound
it was a real good thing... for some

Sometimes I think about it It happens every day
I should think of the Present cause the Present Now .


I am reminded of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and someone asks how they know Graham Chapman is a King and is answered, Well he's got not shit on him. May be that's how we'll spot those VIP tent members on a wet day who are too insightful not to wear their lanyons like its bling. I hope their wines turn to sour grapes.

littlewillie
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 8:23:49 AM
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pod2006 wrote:
I look forward to the helicopter shuttle (goal:between acts only if possible) and at the end of the night the hoi polloi will be able to direct the helicopter pilots over the snaking congo lines of plebs waiting for the buses or traipsing back to the Trenchtown tent town, humming the adapted Matt Taylor's Chain (gang) song:

Well I remember when I was young the Beatles turned me on I really blew my mind
And we'd carry Jack and Pam we'd go and watch a band and have a real good time
Then I heard the Blackmans blues they really blew a fuse inside my head
So with some friends we made a new VIP stand and
Formed our first elitist Blues Band in a gated compound
it was a real good thing... for some

Sometimes I think about it It happens every day
I should think of the Present cause the Present Now .


I am reminded of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and someone asks how they know Graham Chapman is a King and is answered, Well he's got not shit on him. May be that's how we'll spot those VIP tent members on a wet day who are too insightful not to wear their lanyons like its bling. I hope their wines turn to sour grapes.



Look at the lineup , someone's got to pay for it.

And if people are happy so pay $400 a day to sit around drinking chardonnay in their compound then good luck to them I say.
BC1987
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 8:27:02 AM
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from what i have gathered from the email, this new option seems to be a replacement for the vip diamond stand from this year, however instead of being right up the front in the way of the crowd it will be down the back with viewing of the artists via screens inside the sunset club.

i have no problems with this option, if you have the money $1500 or so for the first release then go for it.
Space5279
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 12:38:38 PM
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BC1987 wrote:
from what i have gathered from the email, this new option seems to be a replacement for the vip diamond stand from this year, however instead of being right up the front in the way of the crowd it will be down the back with viewing of the artists via screens inside the sunset club.

i have no problems with this option, if you have the money $1500 or so for the first release then go for it.


Exactly. Nothing for people to really get worked up about. If the Sunset Club is your thing, enjoy! If not, don't worry about it too much.

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Listening to Peter Winston Macintosh..."
littlewillie
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 2:50:15 PM
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I'm waiting until they build the third level before I get a ticket.

2nd level is just too close to the riff-raff.
eileenk9
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 4:59:34 PM

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I got the email about it today and thought it was a joke at first..

Eh?
reddragon
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 9:14:51 PM
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eileenk9 wrote:
I got the email about it today and thought it was a joke at first..

Eh?


Me too, I thought it was 1st April for a minute. It gave me a good giggle when I saw it, it looks like a race course stand.

Oh my:
"A space to enjoy viewing of the Bluesfest main stage via large screens. You will be able to watch the headline artists perform in complete comfort - without being in the crowd"

What next a 3D Virtual reality link up from the comfort of your 5 star resort? The mind boggles!

Go to a festival site to watch a band on a screen instead of in real life. Hmmm, if I was mega rich and this 'VIP experience' was small change for me I would still prefer to be in the crowd watching the bands up close.

Fair dues to Bluesfest for seeking new ways to make $$$$. Thanks for giving me the best laugh of the day at work.
mpember
Posted: Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:52:42 PM

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reddragon wrote:
Go to a festival site to watch a band on a screen instead of in real life. Hmmm, if I was mega rich and this 'VIP experience' was small change for me I would still prefer to be in the crowd watching the bands up close.


Can the politicians who attend claim it as a work-related expense? And is there a separate entrance for the VVIPs, so that they can get to the top deck without having to deal with the Not-As-VIP crowd?
TheLoneRanger
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 1:27:27 AM
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littlewillie wrote:
pod2006 wrote:
I look forward to the helicopter shuttle (goal:between acts only if possible) and at the end of the night the hoi polloi will be able to direct the helicopter pilots over the snaking congo lines of plebs waiting for the buses or traipsing back to the Trenchtown tent town, humming the adapted Matt Taylor's Chain (gang) song:

Well I remember when I was young the Beatles turned me on I really blew my mind
And we'd carry Jack and Pam we'd go and watch a band and have a real good time
Then I heard the Blackmans blues they really blew a fuse inside my head
So with some friends we made a new VIP stand and
Formed our first elitist Blues Band in a gated compound
it was a real good thing... for some

Sometimes I think about it It happens every day
I should think of the Present cause the Present Now .


I am reminded of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and someone asks how they know Graham Chapman is a King and is answered, Well he's got not shit on him. May be that's how we'll spot those VIP tent members on a wet day who are too insightful not to wear their lanyons like its bling. I hope their wines turn to sour grapes.



Look at the lineup , someone's got to pay for it.

And if people are happy so pay $400 a day to sit around drinking chardonnay in their compound then good luck to them I say.


I assume that like here,sports grounds in Au have corporate boxes.
This concept is no different.
If some attendees/businesses wish to fork out the dollars for a VIP spot,I think that is great,as it increases Bluesfest's revenue base.
Increasing their revenue base must be good because it increases the chance of them being able to pay for a top lineup of artists to grace their stage.

I am a socialist and green party voter,so it is not my thing to be in a VIP box.
But that does not make me jealous of those who wish to be VIP.
It is just not my scene.
For example,I avoid bars where you have to wait on a waiter to bring you a drink.
But clearly,others like it.

I have looked at the Leonard Cohen audience at the two shows I have have attended,and wondered what % of the audience is there because it is the trendy thing to do.
If Bluesfest can attract patrons who attend because it is trendy to be in the VIP tent,then that is positive for the festival,and the personal evolvement of those patrons.

"An artist never really chooses when and where they will play.It is for promoters to make offers.It comes down as to whether tours are financially viable." Quote John Mayall.
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meladams
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 10:27:38 AM
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reddragon wrote:
eileenk9 wrote:
I got the email about it today and thought it was a joke at first..

Eh?


Me too, I thought it was 1st April for a minute. It gave me a good giggle when I saw it, it looks like a race course stand.

Oh my:
"A space to enjoy viewing of the Bluesfest main stage via large screens. You will be able to watch the headline artists perform in complete comfort - without being in the crowd"

What next a 3D Virtual reality link up from the comfort of your 5 star resort? The mind boggles!

Go to a festival site to watch a band on a screen instead of in real life. Hmmm, if I was mega rich and this 'VIP experience' was small change for me I would still prefer to be in the crowd watching the bands up close.

Fair dues to Bluesfest for seeking new ways to make $$$$. Thanks for giving me the best laugh of the day at work.



Maybe you and some others on this thread are mis-interpreting "VIP" as Very Important Person. I wish Bluesfest would stop calling it that! VIP are NOT important people, they have simply paid a lot more in exchange for a soft place to land occasionally during a 5 day festival.

VIP are dancing in the crowd just like you are at all the stages. The VIP tents are not packed with wanna-be's strutting around drinking champagne, watching screens all day long. Most people get a quick drink from the cash bar, sit in a real chair, pee in a real toilet, discuss the last gig, and rush off to the next gig.

Pity the punters I have seen who may not be as young as they used to but still get their arses to Bluesfest for the love of music. Got a gammy knee, a crook back, a disability? Much of Bluesfest crowd is by definition, ahem, middle age. 12 hours a day for 5 days straight, it sounds appealing to have somewhere to go recharge between gigs or escape the rain because the tents are all FULL.

Who wants to be in the crowd at front and centre stage for all the gigs? Everybody. Who CAN be? Not everyone.
pod2006
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 12:42:29 PM
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Thank you for the spelling, english and grammar tips. I will take more care in the future. I wonder: if Dylan plays again in the future will the television screens in the comfort tents (formerly known as VIP Tents) show live footage?
richo
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:15:05 PM
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Easy solution for the VIP folks... just press play on a DVD:





...also means they won't complain that he doesn't sound like he used to and didn't play any of his hits.
bucetti1
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 2:32:30 PM
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If I had the money I'd buy a ticket.
Good luck to those who do and purchase said ticket.
There is no need for the petty,negative and jealous tone in some of the posts.
the board is trying new things and should be supported for doing so.I hope they make millions.

When they go low-we go high.
spanner1
Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2013 7:00:03 PM
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meladams wrote:
reddragon wrote:
eileenk9 wrote:
I got the email about it today and thought it was a joke at first..

Eh?


Me too, I thought it was 1st April for a minute. It gave me a good giggle when I saw it, it looks like a race course stand.

Oh my:
"A space to enjoy viewing of the Bluesfest main stage via large screens. You will be able to watch the headline artists perform in complete comfort - without being in the crowd"

What next a 3D Virtual reality link up from the comfort of your 5 star resort? The mind boggles!

Go to a festival site to watch a band on a screen instead of in real life. Hmmm, if I was mega rich and this 'VIP experience' was small change for me I would still prefer to be in the crowd watching the bands up close.

Fair dues to Bluesfest for seeking new ways to make $$$$. Thanks for giving me the best laugh of the day at work.



Maybe you and some others on this thread are mis-interpreting "VIP" as Very Important Person. I wish Bluesfest would stop calling it that! VIP are NOT important people, they have simply paid a lot more in exchange for a soft place to land occasionally during a 5 day festival.

VIP are dancing in the crowd just like you are at all the stages. The VIP tents are not packed with wanna-be's strutting around drinking champagne, watching screens all day long. Most people get a quick drink from the cash bar, sit in a real chair, pee in a real toilet, discuss the last gig, and rush off to the next gig.

Pity the punters I have seen who may not be as young as they used to but still get their arses to Bluesfest for the love of music. Got a gammy knee, a crook back, a disability? Much of Bluesfest crowd is by definition, ahem, middle age. 12 hours a day for 5 days straight, it sounds appealing to have somewhere to go recharge between gigs or escape the rain because the tents are all FULL.

Who wants to be in the crowd at front and centre stage for all the gigs? Everybody. Who CAN be? Not everyone.
Well put meladams and thanks for your insight into the large ageing and disabled demographic attending this festival. Welcome to the BB. I also agree with LR that all venues cater for those who can afford it with upgraded and enhanced facilities. Get used to the reality that the world is made up of many different people from varied socio economic backgrounds and all with disparate interests. All are welcome to bluesfest and need not be denigrated if they want to view it from a different perspective. If there were a cheaper version of a chill out zone for sporadic recovery between sets where i could buy a pale ale then I would be in like a shot. This is good marketing by Peter to cater to a wider crowd and I welcome the change and the opportunities it may create for regular punters.
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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 7:16:51 AM

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Whatever floats your boat, I am happy the way I attend the fest, and don't mind if others go on a different journey to find enlightenment.
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TheLoneRanger wrote:
littlewillie wrote:
pod2006 wrote:
I look forward to the helicopter shuttle (goal:between acts only if possible) and at the end of the night the hoi polloi will be able to direct the helicopter pilots over the snaking congo lines of plebs waiting for the buses or traipsing back to the Trenchtown tent town, humming the adapted Matt Taylor's Chain (gang) song:

Well I remember when I was young the Beatles turned me on I really blew my mind
And we'd carry Jack and Pam we'd go and watch a band and have a real good time
Then I heard the Blackmans blues they really blew a fuse inside my head
So with some friends we made a new VIP stand and
Formed our first elitist Blues Band in a gated compound
it was a real good thing... for some

Sometimes I think about it It happens every day
I should think of the Present cause the Present Now .


I am reminded of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and someone asks how they know Graham Chapman is a King and is answered, Well he's got not shit on him. May be that's how we'll spot those VIP tent members on a wet day who are too insightful not to wear their lanyons like its bling. I hope their wines turn to sour grapes.



Look at the lineup , someone's got to pay for it.

And if people are happy so pay $400 a day to sit around drinking chardonnay in their compound then good luck to them I say.


I assume that like here,sports grounds in Au have corporate boxes.
This concept is no different.
If some attendees/businesses wish to fork out the dollars for a VIP spot,I think that is great,as it increases Bluesfest's revenue base.
Increasing their revenue base must be good because it increases the chance of them being able to pay for a top lineup of artists to grace their stage.

I am a socialist and green party voter,so it is not my thing to be in a VIP box.
But that does not make me jealous of those who wish to be VIP.
It is just not my scene.
For example,I avoid bars where you have to wait on a waiter to bring you a drink.
But clearly,others like it.

I have looked at the Leonard Cohen audience at the two shows I have have attended,and wondered what % of the audience is there because it is the trendy thing to do.
If Bluesfest can attract patrons who attend because it is trendy to be in the VIP tent,then that is positive for the festival,and the personal evolvement of those patrons.
LR a socialist and greenie........who would have thought???? It has bought much clarity as to why we share common sentiment and interests in this thread and many others. Thats not to say us lefties are devoid of capacity to have seriously opposed views and interests from time to time. Solidarity forever comrade and best wishes for the season to you and yours. Hope to meet you next year







waffles
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as i recall splendour has been heading in this direction for several years.i think i recall a tent this year where cheese platters and champagne was available.

im just there for the music....and maybe a good feed.

I don't want to hang up my rock n roll shoes
I get a good time feeling every time I hear those blues.
fire462
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Funniest thread I have read in a while. Richo's solution wins hands down!! but seriously ... paying a motza to attend a festival and watching the artist in a tent, on a screen whilst sitting in an armchair? WTF? I am on a pension due to a work related injury and sometimes pay the power bill only because it will be cut off the next day if I don't but I save my pennies for my 5 day pass at Bluesfest!!! I wish I could buy an earlybird pass to save $$$ but I barely scrape enough for a full priced ticket in time each year. Good luck to those that can afford to do it but why would you? Then they will go home and tell everyone they saw Gov't Mule live lol
bambambam
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300 people is not a lot for such a grand marquee.
My guess is this is more about the performers, managers and their entourage
who would like some more areas to chill after their performances.

The 2 grand tickets are a way of recouping the costs of building such a large venue.
If I had the money I would have no problem forking out the dough,
Actually, its unbelievably cheap considering that the recent golf championship
at Royal Pines had punters paying Ten Grand per person for some of the Marquees
(that event also went for a few days and was fully catered but still expensive)




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greybeard
Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 6:45:48 AM

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Don't think it is explained anywhere, has the building been located as to offer a buffer between tents to reduce sound bleed, if so everyone benefits, if not WHY?



Heading out for the East Coast / Lord knows I've paid some dues gettin' through, / Tangled up in blues.
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