We’re well and truly in the heart of festival season with festivals happening nearly weekly at the moment. There seems to be one thing every festival we’ve been to this year doesn’t lack; some alcohol or drug-fuelled lunatic climbing a rig, tent or other structure just to be the stand-out individual. To make it worse it usually comes with thousands of punters cheering them on, but how long can this go on for before a funny situation turns into a tragedy? Without sounding like your overprotective parent, people need to realise that one wrong move at 100ft isn’t going to end well.
I’m sure most of you saw the video of the acrobat taken after Aphex Twin played his set at Field Day London recently.
I can’t even begin to think of the predicaments these people cause when it comes to the security and medical staff. They’re left helplessly staring up at some ‘entertainer’ getting his fill of adrenaline while putting themselves and other people in danger.
Of course the person in question doesn’t always end up gaining the popularity that they had originally hoped for. This year at the first ever edition of Higher Vision Festival at Bellurgan Park, Dundalk at a full main stage towards the end of the festival Julio Bashmore was ready to hand things over to Irish favourite Ejeca. With fifteen minutes to go a punter was spotted half way up one of the support beams in the middle of the huge circus tent. Without even being asked Julio immediately cut the music. Two thousand people cheering soon turned into two thousand people booing.
I’d also begin to wonder is it worth getting thrown out of the festival? I’d imagine the implications of interrupting a major festival for an amount of time like that would definitely involve removal from the festival and perhaps a ban from it in the future. You’ve paid anything from €70-€250 for a ticket. Is it worth the moment of fame?
I understand that when you’re at a festival it’s easy to look at something like this and think it’s hilarious. We usually tend to find anything that’s anyway rebellious at a festival entertaining, but we need to start looking at this in a more serious manor. A twenty-two year old man should not being dangling from a piece of metal, upside-down at the same height as a ten story building after drinking eight cans of Tesco larger.