Things We Wish Would Change At Indian Music Events

Posted at April 25th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in Entertainment, Featured

Music Festival culture has picked up quite a bit in India and a lot of the audience has been attending concerts and gigs since quite a few years now. Since the novelty is wearing off for the regulars and these events are becoming commonplace, there are things that we find are continually lacking. Whether it’s the festival fatigue, overpriced tickets, or unruly crowd, people are starting to get fed up with the unchanging events. Here are some things that we would like to see changing at festivals, gig, and concerts in India.

 

Overselling Tickets

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This is probably the biggest flaw when it comes to events in India. Promoters and Organizers are so eager to make a profit that they sell as many tickets as people want. A major example was the Delhi Skrillex concert in 2015 which was apparently exceeding three times the capacity of the grounds. It resulted in the death of a girl and no amount of profit is worth that.

 

Environment Friendly

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The crowd that is attending the festival or concert is going to inherit the planet and organizers should set up a good example. Using recyclable materials for their utensils, water stations to fill up bottles, recycle bins all over the grounds etc. will go a long way in having a greener event.

 

Innovative Stages

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Stages don’t just have to be big and full of lazer lights and smoke machines. Yes that’s required but we can also experiment with out stages and make them more artsy and unique rather than just going for loud and flashy.

 

Better Food

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Very few concerts bother with proper food arrangements. A few festivals like Nh7 Weekender have a proper, curated food vendor arrangement but most just have overpriced, meagre, local food which no one really wants to consume unless desperate.

 

Overpriced Tickets

Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 6.48.06 pmPaying 3 – 4 thousand rupees for one big artist plus the overhead of travelling, food, etc. is a bit much to spend on one night of being pitted against an overzealous crowd. Yes, festival organizers need to consider their profits, but rates are getting exorbitant with every passing concert.

 

Drug Education

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It’s not possible to have drug testing kits everywhere and keep a concert completely drug free but organizers can have flyers handed out with instructions of how to react. They can even have medics looking out for red flags and a medical tent set up for emergencies, because we have to face the reality of drug usage at music festivals.

Free Water

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Water is a huge problem at music festivals and a lot of people try to make an extra buck by selling it at exorbitant prices. If not free then it should still be sold at MRP because that is one thing no one can survive the festival without.

 

Shivani Goel

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