So after we dried off a bit and had some lunch, we decided to head out again and see if the rain had stopped, which it had. In fact, having changed out of my new summery dress into jeans and a jumper, the sun was now out. Arggghhh!
Anyway – we decided that with the time allowed we would head to Murilea rise for The JediNights, and then plan to head to Palliser for The Beat Girls at about 3pm for the end of day party. Got caught listening to a bit of a boring band until the Jedis came on, but by then it was really time to head off. Ho Hum – had some nice wine though!
But it was at Palliser that we noticed a real difference. By the time we turned up – for the “60′s-70′s” set, it was pretty empty. By this time, there is usually a good crowd dancing already, and you just join in the fun. But if there 10 of us dancing to Twist & Shout, I don’t think I’m under counting. (Alcoholic daze notwithstanding). And no queue for wine or food at Palliser either – never had that before!
This is what it looked like at about the same time last year.
The other thing was that although the dance area did fill up – it filled up with people sitting down and eating. later, when the 80′s set came on – although it was now a full dance floor, most people just stood there, so it was actually hard to dance.
The most startling difference though was the lack of fun and atmosphere. It was there – but just as “high” as normal. There weren’t as many people having a laugh with complete random strangers, and I noticed that the Beat Girls’ sets had more “quiet” songs in than normal. It was as if everyone had been asked not to get us all too excited. i also noticed a lack of older people. Given that all the trouble last years was inevitably blamed on the “youngsters” – it looks like the new system has actually caused a decline in the number of older victors, so that overall age has gone down.
So all in all – still a good event, but the security and large numbers of police officers did seem to dampen the atmosphere.
On the hand – perhaps I just hadn’t had enough to drink?
Heard on the bus back to the square:
Thank god we had free tickets – cos that was bleeping crap.