The F Word: Vodacom Unlimited Festival made me turn red with anger

2011-04-04 14:36

How can a good thing go so wrong, Farrah Francis wonders after attending the first Vodacom Unlimited Festival.

Thousands of people. High-profile performances. Beer.

To most people, these would be the key ingredients of a good music festival. Throw in a venue like Orlando Stadium and you expect a real winner.

To say that the first Vodacom Unlimited Festival failed to live up to expectations is an understatement.

Let’s start with the traffic. I live 5km from work and on some mornings I complain about that. Imagine my irritation with sitting in traffic to get to the venue for an hour. Add the time it took to find a decent parking spot and an hour and a half had passed.

From the outside of the stadium I could hear Black Coffee – the one DJ I really wanted to see – playing my favourite song, Kent’s Falling. I could feel my heart breaking a little bit. Yes, I know, I sound like a drama queen, but I really love that song, okay?

Then came the security checks, pushing and shoving. From the security point to the “gates” was a long distance and when arriving at the “gates” we were shunted from one end to another. “No, not this one, that one, not this one, that one.” You get the idea.

Only to find event goers clamouring for the illusive red tag, which would allow them access to the circle closest to the stage.

There was anarchy (I know it sounds dramatic, but it was). Pushing, shoving, chaos. Security guards were hauling people from left to right, right to left, shouting: “Form a queue!”

When the time came to enter the red circle (red probably stands for “danger”) the party mood had escaped me.

When you consider just how spectacular the line-up at the festival was – Black Coffee, Tira, Liquideep and international DJ Loui Vega – it’s disappointing when bad organisation becomes the focus point.

The lighting and fireworks were spot on – including the way in which Vodacom revealed its new red logo – but by the time this happened I was too tired to care.

What a pity!

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