I'm Sal, hi!
So, Perth show last night.
I posted to fbraustralia
and was linked here about this
worrying problem of which we were told on Saturday afternoon.
Turns out it wasn't so far from the truth. There were
actually hundreds of Optus people let in before anyone else for the Q&A. OCKs got a bit of a compromise, in that EE people were taken in after Optus Q&A finished, and they cleared some of the barrier for us - at the very side (perhaps not worth my US$145). Sidenote: By the time it was over we'd managed to edge our way almost to the centre of the barrier (over 4 metres distance, quite impressive imho), but I digress.
I think that many parents had gotten the impression that the whole event was for under-18s, as the posters for the Yes Session Q&A said precisely that - hence there being very very young children. So there were kids who were less than 8-years-old at the front and in the mosh. Tiny
children. Then lots of over 18s who were furious at the situation (having camped out and not even had the comp available to them - because adults apparently can't be FOB fans now, and being forced to watch 400 people jump the line in front of them) were about to be let in and were set on getting to the front, 8-yr-olds be damned. Most of the younger ones were lifted out by the time Hey Monday were over, thank Christ. Apparently they also had Optus kids line up next to the camped-out people, and I've been told that there was a lot of tension and heckling between the two groups (mostly from 'my' camp-out side I've been told, unfortunately) and a very poisonous atmosphere created. I was afraid for those kids. It all seemed to work out okay though, as security got most out easily.
I feel that this was partially the fault of the presenters or organisers who gave out 400 FREE tickets - who does that?! - and the venue being lazy and not holding the Q&A in a different room (though now that I think about it, there were lots of people so I can't think where they'd have had it) and having both sets of people standing next to eachother and letting tempers run so high. I don't know, but couldn't they have forseen that people who bought floor tickets might object to 400 people being in front of them? And why were the Optus sessions only available to <18s when it was an all-ages event? This does not make sense to me. Surely they could've realised that >18s might want a chance at something like that. If it's an all-ages show, I think that all ages should be given the chance to win. If it's for <18s, then by all means have kids win. It also might turn out safer for the very young kids if it's only an under 18s pit. Finally, I'm also kind of disappointed at the treatment of OCKs (nevermind the meet&greets which were happening during
the support bands wtf) with Early Entry holders (buyers, arrg) who had paid double the price of normal GA tickets and were given a pretty shitty place, considering. At the barrier, which is of course great and I'm thankful, but right at the side. If I wanted to be at the side, I'd have taken my chances with normal GA.
Thank God that despite this, the show was great and FOB was amazing - as if I'd expect anything but!
:D They played possibly my two favourite FOB songs, Headfirst Slide...
and The Take Over, The Break's Over
, so I went home happy lol.