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Sydney earthdance farce.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:58 pm
For starters it was held on the wrong day, there is a reason for this event to take place and it includes a synchronised prayer that takes place at over 400 events worldwide.
What is the point of this exercise?(Apart from being a branding excersise for Deep as Funk.) No opening, closing ceremony or anything at all to even give all of the kids a hint at what this is all about. For them it is a free party and a chance to smash themselves and other people.
I could not believe my ears when the mc on mainstage told all the trashy punters that they weren't good enough hippies and that they need to make MORE mess and trash this place up.
No wonder the cops shut it down early, I dont blame them at all and from my vantage point I thaught they did a great job and handled some very ugly violent situations with compassion. Give peace a dance, where was that message? Shamefull that there was no water on site, and a hot day made the emergency crews work flatout.
On the plus side the Living Essence crew did a great job with what little resources they were given in the little spot they had hidden in the back corner. Sound and production was top notch but a pity the psytrancers were left shortchanged (shade was nice tho).
No doubt many people worked hard to make this a financial success, but it is not about money. It is about spreading a message of peace, love and harmony not greedy, disrespectful hedonistic commercialism. I am sure that what took place at this event was completely the opposite of what Chris Dekker had in mind when he started global linkup of human consciousness in an effort to promote peace on this planet over 20 years ago.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 4:55 pm
The Federation Of Light
should of got in contact with their friends and brought forward October the 14th 2008. Fuck Alabama , sounds like ^ needed it.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 5:13 pm
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 6:37 pm
Oh, it was a mighty fine day though. Glorious actually. Pissing down with rain today, so I guess that things actually might have turned out for the best in that respect.
I think the vibe here in "sin city" is taking me a while to adjust to. I had a great time and I do appreciate the effort that the organisers went to but with a crowd like that I believe that the message of peace, love, and respect for the earth really needs more than a few words on a flyer (that they prob dont read) to get the message across.
However I must admit to having a good laugh at the peacocks strutting around with their shirts off with their unconscious display of testosterone fuelled agression. Most of the women were too off chops to even notice them and the lads were too wrapped up in themselves to notice anything other than another bloke that might look tougher than themselves. Funny as fuck, but so much tension!
The pissed off look on the faces of people in the endless que to get beer was getting worse by the hour and it seemed like the whole thing was gonna explode just before they pulled the pin on it.
If the government allow this to happen again then I would be most happy to help syd earthdance (if they are gracious enough to allow me to after such critisism) as I am a strong believer in the cause.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 7:44 pm
That was some of the worst psytrance I have ever heard.
The sound system was horrible, and the vibe was shit.
I couldn't help thinking about all the negative energy created by this farce of a festiva'.
I think we missed the point.
Despite this I had a great day, was good to see old friends and the after party was fun
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:05 pm
I had an awesome time. I was there from around 9:30 till 2:30 mostly on my own in a red adidas tshirt (lol) cause most of my fag friends were at all the other stages. Felt great dancing around barefoot and seeing the electro kids and other people not familiar to Psy Trance ENJOYING it alot! There should've been in my opinion a but more awareness to what kind of music this was and what genre title it comes under, as I had to explain it to a few electro kids. All in all, for the 5 hours I was there I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 9:54 pm
now i understand why people hate Sydney so much
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:12 pm
Really dunno if I'll go next year.
If this was just a free dance event without any supposed message then it might have more acceptable.
Without the message its pretty much just a dance event full of 'tards.
And with such crappy drink lines you can't even chill out at this average dance event with a nice cold beverage in hand and enjoy the vibes, the sun and the music. Instead all you get is frustrated people in a big group under the hot sun. Most of them too stupid to care about skin cancer or the fact that nobody wants to see their torso. Doesn't make for a great feeling day to be honest.
Luckily their was 1 thing to redeem the day, (no it wasn't all the wolf whistling every time something good happened during a song), and that thing was fellow doofers. Without them there I would have had pretty damn average day I must say.
So thankyou tomy friends and other doofers. You kept it interesting. Any day out with you is a day worth going out for.
Posted: Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:25 pm
this is so very true, while the day was quite a shemozzle, the friendly faces of many doofers definitely lifted the atmosphere in the teenie weenie psy corner.
and a few mainstream kids i know have finally openned their minds to the wonders of psytrance by having a boogie there also:)
i must say, in my opinion while some of the music at the dome did seem to lack direction and feeling, raptor's set was outstanding, definitely what the crowd needed, and alex cranked some amazing fresh psy unheard to most of our ears before
short straw for the doofers though, being given the smallest sound and area...
one note to sydney council if they decide to attempt this again next year, there are 2 choices when you are putting on an event and expecting a crowd of 50-60,000 people.
a). host the day in an appropriate venue (if sydney park is no good perhaps centenial park, moore park, olympic park etc etc) and nurture the large crowd with the right atmosphere.
b). host the event in a venue such as prince alfred park, GUARANTEED to reach capacity, and then spend 10's of $$thousands on police and secutiry resources to "HOLD THE LINE" and use their crowd control skills to turn people away once capacity is reached. then with an unruly crowd ready to explode, try inciting a riot by turning the music off.
all the crews involved should be praised though, for the amount of work that went into the event, and the fact that it is provided without the $120 price tag festival goers in sydney have come to expect.
i don't think deep as funk and other organisers should wear the blame of some tarded decisions made high up the chain, sydney needs to give a little compassion to an event trying to make a little difference in the world rather than just kiss the asses of the super commercial festivals that pay them loads of cash...
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 12:52 am
I reckon they should call next year's Earthdance Sydney off. Wait until the trendy festival craze dies off before starting it again. In the meantime go bush. In fact I was told it wasn't even going to happen this year because of Sydney Park.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:32 am
The festival scene in Australia is totally up shit.
Any small festival is generally awesome times. Don't get me wrong.
But when it comes to any larger and popular event, its just utterly retarded. The government has a totally incorrect view of large groups of young people, the police are in it for the wrong reasons and the insurance/"OH & S" issues are just plain silly.
Not to mention the people that make most festivals "popular".
Too many people involved with any big festival are there for the wrong reasons. I think everyone has just come to accept that this is how it is.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:54 am
I spent most of the day studying in the library. By the time I did get to the park (around 4pm) I was told that they were shutting it down because they wanted everyone out of there by 6pm. I was mildly disappointed but then realised that missing out on being surrounded by total fuckwits wasn't really that bad anyway.
What a fucking joke.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 10:55 am
Or how about we ignore all those factors and just focus on the music and stomp around. This was my first Earthdance, and just let me say, there was NO MESSAGE. I couldn't see no message about Earth conservation and all that stuff. No where. Theres was plenty of rubbish around, even in the Psy Area. All in all, it's just fun dancing around, or chilling out enjoying the music and the vibe, and thats all it should be about. Mind you, i was perfectly sober, I didn't have any drugs or a drop of alchohol, and still had an epic time.
DID ANYONE CHECK OUT THE AFTER PARTY?
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:47 am
There was an after party with some good dj's. Did anyone check that out and was that an aright event?
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 1:44 pm
Earthdance Sydney production wise was a good set up. Stages didn't clash, good spacing of stages, markets, kids area etc. The crowds enjoyed it, gate entry easy, festival seemed to run smooth.
But why did it close down so early? Why was the riot squad at a council authorsied event? I never did hear any messages about Earthdance, world peace etc... they could have had mone MCs to get the message accross.
I have a feeling that this may be the last Earthdance in Sydney. Oh well back to the bush!
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:05 pm
*will make new comment later*
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:35 pm
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:00 pm
this event was a disgrace! there is no way ill go next year if its anything like this one!! there were some good tunes being played on the live and minimal stages, but the psy stage sound system was nowhere near sufficient,
The early ending caused a lot of confusion and chaos, there were fights, od's, bra boys pelting full bottles of water into the crowd, just pure uglyness in a concrete jungle, yuk!
you cant sore like an eagle flocking with geese!
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:18 pm
hadnt been to earth dance in years... not sure wtf that was i did go to on sat, "trash the earth dance" maybe? it is unrecognisable, luckily there was a small corner of respite under the tree, filled with beautiful minded people, that sheltered me from the immense gravity storm of spiritual void - and yeah, Raptors set rocked
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:29 pm
more of an earthbust than earthdance....
Fun police going a little over the top on most occasions for my liking, and shutting down the event seem to lead to even more chaos...
nothin the organisers can do about this, but it tarnished the event a little...
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:10 pm
Thats really sad, i enjoyed my Earthdance in Melbourne last year, but i have heard mixed reviews about the one at the Docklands this year.
It a real pity, last year it was at "Collingwood Children's Farm" and for those of you that are not familiarly it is a fully fledged farm right in the centre of melbourne, my conclusion was that due to some sort of rift in the space time continuum there had been no development there since the days of old (like Tasmania).
Magically day to say the least, but yeah i wish they had kept it up in both states, was last years in Sydney quite different or has this been a steady progression/degeneration?
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:37 pm
HAVE TO SAY MINE
EARTH DANCE TOTALLY BULLSHIT !!!!!!!
ARRIVED AROUND 14 30 , SO THE SUN IS NOT TOO STRONG FOR ME , HEARED ONLY 2 TRACKS WHICH THEY MADE ME DANCE ,,THEN IT CLOSED 16 WHEN THEY SAid THEY WILL CLOSE AT 18 ....
THE GOOD THING WAS I SAW SAW PPL THAT I HAVEN T SEE FOR LONG TIME THAT WAS NICE THE REST TOTALLY BULLSHIT AND FULL ON SCAM
SYDNEY IS GOING TO THE WORST
END UP IN THE KROSS AFTER ,TO THAT PLACE THEY CALL IT BUNKER OR SOMETHING ,,MAN THAT S A DUNGEON ,,,HOW CAN PPL STAY THERE AND DANCE DO YOU CALL THAT A CLUB ???? !!!!
END UP AT HOME DINT PULL OUT ALL THE ENERGY THAT I HAVE ,,,,,,
WHAT TO DO
BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME
WHEN ARE WE GONNA HAVE A GOOD PARTY ??? 100000$ QUESTION !!!
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:39 pm
glad we got held up with esha and couldn't make it. sounds like it was not kid friendly at all
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:13 pm
i had fun, but it was pretty bad for an "earth dance". it looked too much like every other sydney festival, complete with more rubbish than a major indian city, and guys looking for any trouble they can find. yeah there was no real message to the crowd, and the park was not the place to put this. i guess this is why we enjoy partying in the bush so much, there's a good crowd, no bs, and no fun police. everyone uses theis own brain and looks out for themselves, and everything goes hassle free.
Posted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:34 pm
The problem with Australia is that their isn't enough responsibility put on the person who decides to do something stupid. And when they do something stupid its just accepted.
However I don't expect this to change at all because this country is run by idiots and its citizens simply do not know any better.
And so I am beginning to steer clear of the general public and any situation which lands me near the idiots that like to cause shit. Actually i guess I've done that for a while. But since seeing other countries and how people behave in various situations within those countries its really just nailed this bastard for me.
Australia's general public is mostly pathetic. I really don't have much if any faith in the majority of it.
Its so shit that I doubt 95% of the people at earthdance would have even cared at all, let alone paid attention to, any message that the event might have actually tried to convey.