Music, Stupidity, Treating Fans Like Shit

Stone Festival – Sydney Australia – What A Disaster?

What a disaster?  It’s 10.52pm.  The rain is pelting down and wind is swirling at 90km.  Fans have left their homes from other states in Australia and their purchased tickets have not arrived.

Message posted on the Stone Music Festival Facebook page;

Anyone from Stone Music Festival going to answer my email regarding my $300.00 ticket not arriving to my address? I’m flying to Sydney at 6:00am with no ticket!

The festival is flawed.  They have two different line ups over two different days.  That is the first fault.  They are doing the show towards the end of April, which in Australia is a crazy month for winds and storms.  So what do the promoters do, they do an outdoor gig.  Van Halen is meant to carry day 1 and Billy Joel is meant to carry day 2.  Both artists are not strong enough these days, to carry a festival on their own.  The supporting bands under them are not worth a mention.  Well that was until Aerosmith got added to the Van Halen show.

Van Halen are getting $3 million for the one concert. I like Van Halen and the Van Hager era, but $3 million for one show.  Are they really worth it these days?  Judging by the dismal ticket sales for the festival, i guess not.  How would you feel?  You purchased pre-sale platinum tickets for $330, plus holding fee of $20, plus delivery.  All up a $365 purchase.  7 days ago, the same tickets where on sale for half the price on Living Social.  

Aerosmith was added to the bill at the last-minute as their outdoor Sydney show wasn’t selling.  Seriously, did they think 40,000 people would pay to watch them.  Especially after the abysmal Music From Another Dimension album.  What was the promoter thinking?  Book them into the Allphones Arena, where Kiss and Motley played (and even that show didn’t sell out).  What a shame to the bands that were told that they are playing the Aerosmith show, only to be told they are not playing it.

Fans vented their anger on Facebook at this.

Gutted. Have plane tickets to Sydney for nothing. Good on ya Aerosmith, hope you get the $$ you are chasing, never mind your fans.

We paid for Gold tickets, return airfares Perth-Sydney and accommodation. Cost us a fortune. Fuming!

Really Aerosmith, some people have parties that weekend and cannot just change plans to suit you… it’s so not fair big timed annoyed!

Bloody sooks! Lost all respect for them now. Can’t go to Stone Fest and was looking forward to seeing Wolfmother too….And to top it all off, when we were suppose to see them on the 28th, they are now playing 2 gigs in Melbourne! So disappointed :o(.

Maybe that is why Lifehouse pulled out.  Stupid organising.  At least Van Halen is getting $3 million, regardless of ticket sales.  One thing is clear, the fans have been treated like shit.  Would the bands care?  I don’t think so.  They are so far detached from the fan level and surrounded by their enablers who tell them they can sell out 40,000 to 80,000 seated stadiums.  

 

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One thought on “Stone Festival – Sydney Australia – What A Disaster?

  1. Corrine C says:

    I guess at least I’m not the only one pissed off and extremely disappointed with this whole thing. I forked out the money for 2 Silver Reserve tix for the original Aerosmith show with Spiderbait, Grinspoon and Wolfmother supporting. I thought this lineup was too good to be true and nearly wet my pants with excitement.
    Turns out it was too good to be true. I’ve now had to rearrange my work roster at short notice to accommodate the changes, I don’t get to see the other bands I was excited about (if I’d wanted to see the Stone Fest lineup I would’ve purchased them. Now I have to settle for these bands if I still want to see Aerosmith and get some kind of return on what I spent. I have also contacted both Ticketek and the Stone Fest organisers about having the difference in ticket price returned to me- $175ea for original tickets, $129 for a 1 day pass which are now going for $50 cheaper again because they were unable to sell the tickets- numerous times, received one response from Ticketek to the first email which directed me to a constantly engaged phone number and beyond that received NO response whatsoever from either organisation.
    I’m just so mad that this is how those people who ARE fans and who bought everything early are being disappointed for the sake of money.
    But thank you for writing this and to those in the same boat- all we can do is go hard or go home while we are there. Don’t let the man get you down!
    Corrine

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