SCAM Vibrations

Do you think the quality of music festivals gets worse and worse every year? I speak of disappointing artist line-ups, huge wait times in queues (who could forget the 3 hour wait at the gates for Groove In The Moo 2010), mass overcrowding and inadequate facilities, and the epitome of disrespect: canceling artists and timetable clashes of the headline acts that amount to scam-proportions of the Dishonest Sell.

Good Vibrations Festival (Note: FAR from sold out this year) has become everything a festival should not be. Two darling acts of 2010 canceled: Cee Lo Green and Janelle Monae, both Grammy nominated and naturally choosing to attend the award ceremony: Good Vibes first clash mistake. Then a week before the festival, the clash insult of them all: ALL headlining acts clashing, effectively halving and in some cases 1/3rd the artists you paid good money to see.

Good Vibrations = Scam Vibrations
Good Vibrations = Scam Vibrations

Sure, some clashes can’t be avoided. But to advertise multiple headline acts to entice ticket buyers and then make it impossible to actually see them is beyond insulting.

If festivals disrespect the droves who flock to see the artists, aren’t they biting the hand that feeds? Will this backfire on Goodvibes in 2012, or has this sort of thing always happened and makes no difference to the number of tickets sold?

Have you paid good money to see your favourite artists only to be denied? We want to hear from you.

Thousands of punters feel fooled and locked into festivals whose promise of seeing headline acts amounts to little more than scam trickery. Is the answer an industry ombudsman policing festival fairness?

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11 Comments on “SCAM Vibrations”

  1. Fred
    February 5, 2011 at 8:41 am #

    You obviously have no idea about festivals, its impossible to schedule an event that doesn’t clash with an international award ceremony or event, and setting up a timetable including 5 stages with no clashes is also impossible. Want no clashes; go to a 4 day event held in country.

    Want something to complain about regarding festivals;

    – how bout ShoreThing Sydney 2009 when half the internationals cancelled and no refund was offered
    – Good Vibes Sydney 2009 when the main act had a melt down on stage including equipment failure
    – the countless other events where power failures, equipment failures, stage overcrowding and other issues have caused people to abandon events and forego their entry fee without refund

    • February 8, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

      I do agree with you though on the ShoreThing Sydney. Refunds should be offered when headliners cancel, just like when they cancel a solo show. GVF Sydney 2009 when Fatboy Slim had a meltdown is what you’re also referring to I think. Yes, poor organisation yet again on Goodvibes part. It’s time it was brought to media attention. Other countries can pull off great festivals without huge fuck ups year after year.

    • chocomilk
      February 9, 2011 at 2:03 pm #

      Then it makes sense for us to have an ombudsman so we can have some regulation of the ever growing list of festivals. Just because people got away with this trickery in the past does not make it right!

    • mad dog
      February 10, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

      I guess the BDO has been doing the impossible for the past 20 years with minimal clashes helped by rotating the main stages. As much as i dislike Ken West, he knows what he’s doing. Anyone with half a brain and more than a handful of festivals under their belt knows how terrible these clashes are. Expect one or two but not this many and not with your headliners. Really poor organisation and not worth the coin

  2. February 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm #

    “setting up a timetable including 5 stages with no clashes is also impossible.” — Fred, I never said clashes weren’t inevitable. But seeing as there are multiple stages, the least they could do is give preference to keeping the main acts lined up one after the others, and schedule all the smaller acts clashing around them to your heart’s content. Excuses like “artists demanded that time” is more proof of poor organisation and lack of tighter festival policies. I find it hard to believe that a large festival like Goodvibes can’t hold any influence but a tiny festival like Groove In The Moo can.

    If you visit the Goodvibes page since the timetable announcement you’ll see a HUGE uproar that dwarfs any of the normal riff-raff that goes on whenever a timetable is announced. This goes well beyond normal clashes at past festivals. Add to that, new posters just went up all over town and STILL show Cee Lo Green and Janele Monae on them. Goodvibes is desperate, and clearly show no regard for duping paying patrons. Any other industry would be swooped upon for false advertising and consumer watchdogs would get involved. I didn’t even buy tickets and I’m pissed. I can only imagine how thousands of other students and young adults forking out hard-earned cash for a false sell, must feel.

    • chocomilk
      February 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm #

      i was wondering why people are talking about Cee-Lo and Janelle being at the festival today and i thought these people were obviously out of the country but now it makes sense. They are having trouble selling tickets so they are putting up these old posters to suck people in??? surely that is false advertising and we must have some legal grounds???

  3. chocomilk
    February 9, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    I’ve seen recommendations for an ombudsman for festivals. I think it’s a good idea. Festivals get away with way too much. They make up the rules as they go along and not one is to protect the buyer. In any other service industry we have rights. I go out to see live music all the time and if there are cancellations I get my money back plain and simple. What do we need to do to get an ombudsman????

  4. groupthink
    February 9, 2011 at 2:26 pm #

    Add to the fact that people’s comments have been deleted for weeks for critiscing the management or lack thereof and now that most of the comments are complaints they can no longer delete all the content. Good vibrations have also started blocking users who are paying customers from commenting on their facebook page because it has been found that a few talking heads that have piped up in the last few days are actually promoters and ticket resellers who have been sent out for damage control. This in itself is not the issue , the problem is that these wolves in sheep’s clothing are acting as paying customers and being rude and antagonistic to ACTUAL ticket holders. Also as soon as any comment alluding to these people’s involved with Jam music is posted they are deleted within seconds instead of being refuted as I’d imagine a normal punter with nothing invested would do. It has also been suggested that instead of actually having exclusive contracts with the artists Jam music have perhaps billed artists who they knew would draw a different crowd for a dwindling festival with a poor reputation. Having come from a promotions background I can tell you for a fact that when booking entertainment it is a service and if either party doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain it results in litigation because money is exchanged upon signing of the agreement. The best damage control I have seen is peace musics rescheduling of mos defs canceled gig in Melbourne, within 48 hours the show was canceled, rescheduled for a new venue, new tickets per put on sale and his staff were flown out 24 hours ahead of him and he was added to the hot BBQ and another event. I think the fact that 4 comments alluding to the fact one poster was involved with Jam were deleted and he called the paying customers bleach blonde hoe’s and roid infested himbos gives us some insight into how they think of their consumer base. Furthermore I’d like to add ontop of unethical practices and failure to respond to consumer complaints, people have been given no choice but to take their complaints to GVs facebook page because of their failure to respond to emails coupled with the fact no one has stepped forward to take any responsibility or apologize for all the confusion and disappointment. Instead of communicating with those who paid for this service GV’s have taken it into their own hands to use dummy accounts to abuse and antagonize their customers. I would be more than happy to get my friends on board to help push for tough regulations concerning festivals where if a headliner pulls out people will be entitled to full or partial refund on request.

    • February 9, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

      I can imagine how pissed I’d be if I were a promoter / ticket reseller though. They in many cases bulk-buy say 100 tickets at discount price, hoping to make profit. Then GVF has 2 artists cancel and publishes an utterly horrifying timetable. What chance to they have of selling their tickets now? They’re up shit creek more than the general public.

  5. groupthink
    February 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm #

    true and people are reselling for $100 and under but we lose too for forking out.

  6. nottheone
    February 17, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    $35 tickets on the gate on the day, delete any criticisms of their shit festival and now the sideshows are rolling out. Boycotting next year.

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