I agree that most suck, but there is a small number of people out there that will blow your mind. I generally dont get light shows unless I see the person giving one that is good beforehand. Your entitled to your opinion tho and you dont have to get one if you dont want, but I would love to try and change your mind. I always laugh about how stupid people look getting light shows too, but who cares how stupid you look to other people as long as your enjoying yourself? Not me.
Two words which, when spoken consecutively, should earn the speaker a kick to the shins:
Any context will invariably be uninformed neu-hippie bullshit.
this is stupid. We are talking about funding a festival using "Corporate America" its just a term used by most everyone to describe something. I didnt say anything negative about corporate america, I was actually supporting its use to get what we wanted. Pretty sure there is nothing "neu-hippie" as you put it about using a company's need to advertise, to get what you need. Inform yourself before you start just trying to stir up shit cause your bored.
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hahaha thats hilarious. there is a difference between some douche waving light in your face and someone who actually knows what they are doing though. Lightshows can be art, and getting a good one is experiencing one of a kind performance art that can never be replicated, and it is a human to human interaction which is pretty cool this day and age. So are multi million dollar stage setups tho...I say make time for both.
And if you are somewhat of a legitimate citizen, there are banks that will finance an idea like this as long as you have a good game plan and some good artists. Also corporate sponsors go a long way. Im sure Esurance is coming out of pocket for most of if not all of the initial cost since its advertising exposure for them, its ok if they dont recoup the money at the festival. They would spend that kind of money to put out one commercial easily. Yay for corporate america!
This is very true, i was going of the basis that you could sign a bunch of huge acts that would draw a lot of people early. I have never thrown a festival, just helped with small events. and with those it was pretty easy to pay for most everything with ticket sales. I just imagined it could be done the same way on a larger scale, but I'm no expert.
Having organized events, unfortunately you would need a hell of a lot of money in advance for deposits and advance payments. People won't just give you 100 portapotties on a promise. Also need to pay for licenses.
True, the deposits for something as big as Sasquatch would get up there. But you wouldnt have to pay those deposits until close to the date, and if you sell enough tickets I would imagine that you could cover those costs. Sasquatch sold out two months in advance and by my calculations made somewhere around 6 million dollars in ticket sales. Im sure they were able to pay their bills.