Just Camping Feb 22, 2011 11:27:54 GMT -8
Post by Peter Gibbons on Feb 22, 2011 11:27:54 GMT -8
Short Answer: I'd tour around Seattle if I were you.
Long Answer: I have no idea who is organizing this for you, but they are doing a horrible job. Something of this scale needs to be brought to the festival organizer’s attention if this is going to be successful. One thing you must understand about the Gorge staff is that they can shut down anything they want, for whatever reason they want. They are a big fan of the word “liability”.
Case & Point: Last year two staff members tried to shut down a homemade Slip ‘N Slide because they were worried someone would get hurt. This prompted one of the most effective arguments I have ever heard presented to the Gorge staff. “So does that mean you are liable if someone tripping on acid fell and smashed their face in?” This argument, coupled with the fact that Slip ‘N Sliders outnumbered the assholes by 8:1, caused the staff to eventually leave.
I imagine something this large-scale would attract more than 2 assholes to shut it down. This takes a little more planning than, “Hey dude, you should show up and play a set in the campground for Sasquatch!”
To answer your other question about whether anyone would show up: These parties may have been successful in the past, but that was due to a large population of non-festival-attending campers. Ending at 1:00am is shooting yourself in the foot. Even if the headliners end at 12:30am, campers need around 30 minutes to get back to their site, which is right around the time you will be ending. I could see this party working well Thursday night, but who knows how many people will be there by then. With the late start Friday, festival goers have the option of driving to the Gorge on Friday afternoon.
If this does end up working out, do yourself a favor and get some security. I think it was the first or second night of Sasquatch ’09 that had a big party and the dance floor ended up on top of someone’s SUV. Someone with a sound system had set up shop under a canopy and attracted a relatively large crowd. Mob mentality fucked up that SUV. I never knew people could be so destructive while singing Sweet Caroline. If you have neighbors close to the scene, you may run a risk of damaging their property.
You have exhausted your resources here on the board regarding this issue. We can, and will speculate that you have a 99% chance of having this shut down before you really even get going. If you want an answer that isn’t speculation, tell your organizer to contact the festival.