For those not already aware, you’ll know that the annual Listen Out Perth festival was on this weekend, and I am sure that after many past incidents, you would be accustomed to seeing footage of hundreds of people overwhelming security as they jump the perimeter fences into these festivals. Of course this year was nothing new.
I can imagine a fence jumper’s thought process that the risk involved in jumping is worth not paying for a ticket. They also seem to not give a shit about putting themselves in danger to be fought off simply because security are doing their job, or gambling with earning themselves a criminal record. But most importantly, is it worth showing a clear lack of respect for artists and event organisers alike?
Whilst music festivals can be pretty pricey, fence jumpers must not value themselves or the artists they so ‘desperately’ want to see so much so that they’re willing to defy the law. Let’s be honest, there is no glory associated with being a straight up dickhead. But hey, you can’t stop a freeloader from trying to freeload.
Whether you are fence jumping or being a juvie who can’t wait a couple of years to enter legally or obviously aren’t a serious music lover who can’t ‘afford’ a ticket, you are not realising how much of an impact you’re having on festival culture, Perth’s in particular. I realise you don’t really give a shit that you aren’t supporting the artists or local music industry because you’re young and can clearly do what you want, but you seriously need to consider the consequences-not on yourself but more-so others and the music industry itself.
It’s unfortunate that it is this minority who are jeopardising the longevity of music festivals, which sucks especially in the city of Perth where so many national festivals already don’t even run. Although for different reasons, we’ve seen it happen with Stereosonic, Future Music and Big Day Out. There is so much planning that goes into running a festival-they don’t happen overnight. So how does it make any sense to be a dickhead to especially the organisers who put the event on in the first place-the one your jumping the fence to get into…think about that.
Lately these fence jumping incidents have been getting more and more out of control and violent, to the point where you’re no longer a cheap ass, or a free loader, you’re actually just a criminal scumbag.
We will all probably remember this incident after watching the video above, where a fence jumper kicked a security guard right in the temple, luckily this juvie was caught and properly prosecuted.
I don’t condone fence jumping, but if you’re planning to jump the fence at an event you should be risking your own welfare and your’s alone. This means if you get caught you don’t try fight a security guard or ruin the experience for other punters who actually paid for their ticket.
Sadly, fence jumpers did have a significant impact on paying punters’ days at Listen Out. Hurling rocks and sticks over the fence at both punters and security is not okay, making for a very dangerous environment and actually resulting in injured punters who did not pay to have a shit day due to this minority of losers. Spitting on event employees and various cases of assault against law enforcement and event staff alike were other problems. There is a huge group of people that help keep great events like this running smoothly and safely. Way to bite the hand that feeds you.
The groups of attempted fence jumpers at Sunday’s event, not only caused harm to some individuals but those who did get in, transformed a positive vibe for punters peacefully enjoying Anderson .Paak’s set into an aggressive atmosphere front of stage.
Unfortunately, a lot of this also went down during Slumberjack’s set which also altered the vibe at the front of the crowd. Which really sucks as the local lords were killing it after being booked on such short notice to replace Stormzy.
There are so many reasons not to jump festivals, but if you are a jumper there isn’t anything this article or anyone can do that will change your outlook. But the absolute least you can do is make sure you’re not harming anyone else involved with the event and think about if it’s worth the risk of losing another music festival, especially since we’ve lost so many already.
So thank you fence jumper of Listen Out you’ve once again put Perth in the national spotlight for what can only be described as dog acts. You’ve given national tours and artists another reason to skip Perth and local governments another reason to reconsider hosting festivals. Bravo!