I was truly sad that I couldnt make the trip to UK for this party. Having read some of the posts concerning the venue issues, I can honestly say I’m glad I missed it.
Some people say rude security staff, overcrowding and high prices are isolated to the UK. I can assure you, it isnt. It’s the same everywhere. It’s not Twisted’s fault that RR was a sucky venue. Name one place that’s better. I guarantee you, they’re hard to find.
This is why indoor events of this magnitude sucks. It’s always the same: profit, profit, profit. “Hey, let’s reduce costs and hire daft goons from eastern Europe. They don’t know squad about politeness and professionalism. But screw that. They’re cheap.” Result: idiot security guards, with more brawn than brain, attitudeproblems and a powertrip, treating people like crap and ruining the experience. The horror story of the asthmatic guy being abused by the security staff, is just another bad chapter in the long and sad line of stories about how a good idea is ruined by greedy venues and gorilla “security staff” (who’s “security”? certainly not ours.) They’re just there to demonstrate their power and think the worst of the PAYING guests.
And then we have the overcrowding. Here’s a tip: when you see an organiser promising you that limited people will be allowed in for YOUR COMFORT… dont’, I repeat, DONT believe it. You can rest assured that this is a very hollow and pious promise, and I guarantee you, you’re in for a major disappoinmtent. We come there for a good time, but as far as they’re concerned, we’re just cashcows to be milked dry of every penny. And the more, the merrier. Money, money money. It’s unbelievably arrogant and stupid. It’s good business, granted, but ruins the experience, we all come to seek, because we love this wonderful music and the people who make it. Not tomention it compromises safety.
It’s crowded, its unpleasant and brings the worst up in people. Toestepping, an elbow in the back when you’re entranced and trying to dance, and a moron shoving a cig in your face every 5 minutes (how feckin uncool is it to smoke on a dancefloor anyway?) GO outside whydontcha? Egotistical, idiot nicotine slaves!
This is why I rarely attend indoor parties. As much as I love the music and the trance culture, business and good customer experience are mutually exclusive. I choose the annual festivals instead. Indoor parties might be a nice way for some to fill the gap, but until I see an organiser find a venue that knows how to give ravers/trancers a good experience for their money, I’ll stick to the outside festivals. I love those things! Happy faces everywhere, space and you don’t feel buttraped by a greedy organiser. Not the mention the atmosphere is exponentially better compared to diluted indoor events. They’re but a pale reflection of what constitutes psytrance culture IMO. The festivals are the epiphany of all that’s good about this culture.
....Rant over. I’m sure the music made up for the somewhat slacky organising. And I have no doubt that Simon P and the Twisted all stars did a helluva job as usual. They always do
Too bad they chose renaissance room. Sounds like a pooey place. And it’s not the only one, sadly. Stay clear of indoor parties.