Hi, this is Rob, I normally don’t blog, but now I have to get some things of my chest.
This summer I am the tourmanager for OMNIA, and I try to do my job in a responsible way, making sure we have nice experiences with the places that we play.
We make contracts with festivals so we’re sure they take everything seriously, and that we know what to expect when we arrive.
I felt really bad that the 3rd festival we play under my guidance, we had to cancel….
But this is what happened.
When we arrived after 2 long days travel there was no hotel arranged for us. (7 beds for 9 people) Forcing me to have long tiring conversations with untraceable organisers to fix this.
By now we were 1,5 hours late for our soundcheck on the festival, tired and hungry.
We drove there and expected a well organised festival with security at the main gate etc.
But…there was no one checking anything…ANYONE could enter the festival and drive to “the backstage” (a muddy patch of grass with nothing, behind the tiny, poorly constructed and leaking stage)… there were no fences between the public and the stage itself,. There was 1 organiser “V”. who could answer some questions but he wasn’t responsible for the stage so there was no way to make a plan and start fixing this mess.