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Foreshore…ForeNot!

By Padoof - 27 November 2011 58

Mr Padoof and I looked forward to Foreshore, the lineup offered some great acts, but I was so disappointed by the antics of the crowd and would never do it again.

I really hope that the youth of today is not represented by the majority who attended; they were mostly obnoxious and rude and seemed intent on getting as drunk as they possibly could.  There was no respect for the venue with litter being thrown down without a care for the surroundings – we were right in front of Old Parliament House and other cultural institutions Canberra is proud to have on offer, it was really upsetting to see the little regard that was displayed to being in such a lovely location.  Perhaps the ACT Government should consider EPIC as a more suitable location in future?

I don’t know…maybe I’m just out of touch (don’t tell my teenage children!) and should stick to buying cd’s.

[Ed – It should be noted the Foreshore organisers go to considerable effort to clean up after their patrons]

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Foreshore…ForeNot!
dph 8:32 pm 27 Nov 11

I’ve been to a lot of music festivals before & I don’t think the general crowd was that badly behaved at all. I always enjoy the comments bashing todays youth though. Guess who moulded that youth?

I was very frustrated with organisers (Kicks) of the event though. It took 40 minutes to get inside the venue because of the very small entrance setup/check stations. Most of the bars seem to run out of full strength beer by 7pm-8pm. Lady Hawke no showed, without any explanation of course. Security were about as useful & helpful as bunch of wild apes.

These are all examples of the typical issues with Australian music festivals. I’m sick of hearing the excuses from event organisers. If you’re going to charge $100+ for a tick, not to mention the cost of food & drink once inside, than lift your game. It’s not good enough.

mareva 8:31 pm 27 Nov 11

With due respect to the OP, Foreshore is not really a mums and dads event.

toriness 8:30 pm 27 Nov 11

Lazy I said :

It’s not the first year this festival has run, so if shirtless bogans came as a surprise to you..perhaps reviewing the photos/footage from previous years would have been a good first step.

The questions I still can’t figure out are:
1. Why were lip gloss / chap sticks taken from people on entry? I was told it was because they were a liquid (???), and no liquids were allowed (apparently to stop bogans bringing in their own grog).. that sounds pretty weak to me. Were they selling $75 lip gloss somewhere inside the grounds?

2. How did the ‘recycling deposit’ actually work? Was it just a technique to squeeze another 10% out of the beer prices ($10 + $1 deposit) or did some recycling actually happen?. As far as I could tell, no one managed to get the ‘deposit’ back???

1. i suspect the lip gloss ban is more than drugs come in more forms than weed and pills.

2. i have ranted about this ‘policy’ in other festival posts – my conclusion is that at the end of the day it’s a method of rorting more money out of the punter (because of the difficulty and limits imposed on returns to get your deposit back) although it does go some way towards a user-pays system on clean-up costs i guess.

Lazy I 7:48 pm 27 Nov 11

It’s not the first year this festival has run, so if shirtless bogans came as a surprise to you..perhaps reviewing the photos/footage from previous years would have been a good first step.

The questions I still can’t figure out are:
1. Why were lip gloss / chap sticks taken from people on entry? I was told it was because they were a liquid (???), and no liquids were allowed (apparently to stop bogans bringing in their own grog).. that sounds pretty weak to me. Were they selling $75 lip gloss somewhere inside the grounds?

2. How did the ‘recycling deposit’ actually work? Was it just a technique to squeeze another 10% out of the beer prices ($10 + $1 deposit) or did some recycling actually happen?. As far as I could tell, no one managed to get the ‘deposit’ back???

grunge_hippy 7:32 pm 27 Nov 11

I’m thinking many of you haven’t been to a festival lately…. that’s what it is now, a giant pissfest of drunken, drugged morons trying to out-drink one another so they can post it on facebook/twitter etc. Groovin the moo was my last ever festival after this years debacle.

As sgt murtaugh says: I’m too old for this s***.

and this is why I didnt go. doesnt matter what the lineup is like, there is no way I want to do that anymore. Time to hang up your festival boots people. Leave it to the young folk.

arescarti42 7:05 pm 27 Nov 11

Wow, sounds like a really excellent event. Really disappointed I missed that one.

grundy 6:21 pm 27 Nov 11

Padoof said :

I agree with Grundy, it did seem that the majority were more interested in getting as drunk as they could, with little interest in enjoying the atmosphere and music.

Also felt really embarrassed to be a Canberran yesterday when the crowd were throwing full bottles at each act… among other items.

Agreed, security seemed to not give a stuff about most of the behaviour even in plain sight.

The music was still really good (though the bass killed off a lot of the other sound at the kicks stage – like the clarinet piece during Gotye), though if any of the acts were paying attention to the crowd, they probably wont be back…

G.R.R 6:13 pm 27 Nov 11

Canberrans are rude, kids get drunk…more news at 7!

Skidd Marx 6:09 pm 27 Nov 11

Yesterday I was having birthday breakfast with my family in a city cafe when a bunch of Foreshore bogues came in with the mandatory singlets & Wayfarers drinking tinnies of Woodstock. This is at 9am. Made me embarrassed to be Australian as I couldn’t imagine this happening in any other country.

Human trash is nothing new – it’s just that there seems to be so much more of it around these days.

Padoof 5:57 pm 27 Nov 11

buzz819 said :

Well… The festival is called Foreshore – the foreshore of Burley Griffin – wouldn’t really be much of a foreshore at Epic now is it?

As stated by the editors, the organisers of Foreshore are responsible for returfing the grass if needed and cleaning it up.

Were you happy with the mucis the atmosphere and the general behaivour, because all you have really written is that people littered, what else happened??

I loved Architecture in Helsinki, the other acts I wanted to see were: Ladyhawk (who was a no-show, no explanation) Gotye (brilliant, but totally the wrong environment for him) and PNAU (who we didn’t see because we left halfway through Gotye because of how bad the crowd was by 9.15pm).

There was a general feeling of total disrespect; of the venue and the other attendees. I was queued for the toilets for over 20 minutes, I lost count of the number of people who just walked up, pushing in front of those of us doing the right thing. I gave up trying to tell the drunk, shirtless guy in front of me to not smoke (this is under the big top, a non-smoking area) – and this was at 2pm.

The participants really ruined it for me. I’ve dealt with drunk yobbos at other venues (Paramore with my daughter at the Entertainment Centre), but yesterday it really felt out of control, my partner witnessed a punch up with a female being set upon and said that security were hopeless, there was no attempt to put rubbish in the bin and a total disregard for others.

I agree with Grundy, it did seem that the majority were more interested in getting as drunk as they could, with little interest in enjoying the atmosphere and music.

Mysteryman 5:44 pm 27 Nov 11

I happened to be in Kingston and the city around midday on Saturday and the amount of sluttily dressed males and females was appalling. Quite a few acting like douche/douchettes, too. Pretty disappointing.

CHW 5:33 pm 27 Nov 11

Having escorted my youngest around Questacon on Saturday morning, on my way back to the carpark, I was absolutely gobsmacked to realise that there was a young woman squatting in the ornamental grasses outside Questacan – URINATING.

At 11.45 am.

On a Saturday morning.

OUTSIDE Questacon.

… and this was at 11.45, before it had even started.

So it came as no surprise to pass multitudes of young people – and I recognised some as high school students of the area (I live in Griffith) – swigging from stubbies and mixers as they migrated to the Foreshore.

Class act, kids…I am quite sure your older selves will wish you weren’t quite so brainwashed into thinking getting blind at Foreshore was soooooo cool.

gospeedygo 5:13 pm 27 Nov 11

I went into the city yesterday morning. Never seen so many slip on shoes, demin cutoffs, wife beater singlets, florescent colours etc etc. I was so glad I didn’t go.

grundy 4:59 pm 27 Nov 11

I had set my expectations of the crowd pretty low before going, but even I was disappointed at the level of douch and douchette behaviour!
Wife and I waited early to get a decent spot for the acts we wanted to see, but were ‘muscled’ out by the hoards of shirtless, drunk douchebags throwing beer on everyone, groping the women and shoving everyone out of their way.

We did not see many people there who just went for the music, most appeared to be more interested in getting as drunk as possible and showing as much fugly skin as possible…

We’re 27 and disgusted by the latest generation of 18-25 year olds… I wonder if previous generations thought the same of us? 🙂

buzz819 4:43 pm 27 Nov 11

Well… The festival is called Foreshore – the foreshore of Burley Griffin – wouldn’t really be much of a foreshore at Epic now is it?

As stated by the editors, the organisers of Foreshore are responsible for returfing the grass if needed and cleaning it up.

Were you happy with the mucis the atmosphere and the general behaivour, because all you have really written is that people littered, what else happened??

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