Anyone else go to Soundwave in Sydney?
In short, great bands and it could have been a great event but:
1. Almost total lack of shade on a very hot day.
2. Likewise no misting tents, mist fans etc.
3. Difficulty obtaining water with long queues, taps running dry and bottled water sellers running out.
In short, I am truly amazed that nobody died at this event. I am not one for saying that people need protecting from themselves, but to have 40,000 or so people (or however many there were) with no shade and problems with water on a very hot day is just asking for trouble.
In all honesty, I've never felt that hot. And that's coming from someone who's done heavy manual work on 38 degree days and who rarely bothers to open car windows (something I'm quite known for...). This situation was not just crazy, in my opinion it was incredibly dangerous.
Full credit to St John's volunteers to doing their best looking after those who needed help (thankfully I wasn't one of them). I understand they made some sort of emergency call for more volunteers to attend during the afternoon due to the situation and received a good response - well done but it shouldn't have been necessary.
Surely with the $5 million or so they'd have had from ticket sales they could afford a few more marquees for shade, some water and perhaps not be reliant on volunteers? Looks like outright greed on the part of promoters to me.
Love music and many of the bands that were there. But I won't be back - from a health and safety perspective this event was just way too dangerous in my view. Something needs to be done before someone dies...