The Melbourne Cup is commonly toted because the ‘race that stops a nation’ however the fallout appears to be like not dissimilar to music festivals if not seemingly worse. With immense quantities of garbage and a few pretty free pictures and movies of punters ‘having a very good time’ it makes us surprise, why the double-standards? Why don’t the races have the identical accountability as our music festivals?
Music Festivals by comparability are sometimes toted as essentially the most harmful place a teenager can go, the place they are going to be pressured into ingesting far an excessive amount of and typically partaking in another doubtful issues. The actuality is: yep, that might very effectively be a chance, however it’s not the complete story.
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Music festivals at their core are lots of enjoyable and a possibility to observe some critically nice native and worldwide expertise, an opportunity to socialize and make some new buddies – which is why tons of of 1000’s of punters attend them yearly and sometimes native police reward the behaviour of these there. It’s not only a hedonistic music orgy both, with music competition organisers subjected to layers upon layers of security earlier than, throughout and submit the occasion – for extra on that, you’ll be able to try the whole lot they do to maintain you secure right here.
In distinction, Melbourne Cup which alone hosts a reported 120,000 on the day is well known by many for these very same causes ie booze, medication and an opportunity to socialize. While whipping horses and playing (not a lot a fan of both) does make up an enormous focus of Melbourne Cup it’s praised and celebrated as a nationwide spectacle with these in Victoria even handled to a public vacation for the occasion.
You’d anticipate a lot the identical with regards to security on the Melbourne Cup with on-ground safety, RSA on all bars, free water, a police presence and lots of behind the scenes exercise however wait, the place are the sniffer canines?? In distinction this years Defqon had over 200 police in addition to undercover detectives and a lot of drug detection canines which didn’t cease the tragic passing of two attendees and actioned a ‘Festival Safety Panel’ headed up by authorities officers with none enter from competition organisers.
While it looks like this piece is heading in direction of calling for related actions in direction of Melbourne Cup resembling these for music festivals, it’s not.
This actually is nearly highlighting that if persons are free to socialize and luxuriate in themselves on the races, then they too ought to be capable of at music festivals. But that’s not the case, there are nonetheless on-going restrictions and scrutiny in direction of punters and organisers which are haemorrhaging new and on-going occasions with enormous burdening prices.
It doesn’t matter for those who’re a music fan, or a fan of the races (regardless of the actual fact we’re undoubtedly not) a very good time shouldn’t be one thing we’re scrutinised for, and we must always all have the liberty to take pleasure in ourselves safely.
Check out a collection of snaps under from this years Melbourne Cup the Sydney Morning Herald
Photo credit: Justin Mcmanus and Chris Hopkins