That's interesting....everyone "deserves" to be able to get to the front. Really? I realized after the first few responses my post wouldn't go over well with the majority, so I tried to rephrase the "move VIP to the front of the stage", to "move VIP inside the PA columns" for the sole purpose of hearing good sound. Being very aware of other fests and having attended Rockfest, I think it is a privlege for "anyone" to be able to move to the front of the stage. In fact, since I have been attending concerts since 1974, unless it was a General Admission concert(in which all tickets were priced the same), tickets were priced by location; the first concert I went to prices were $3, $4 and $5. With the $5 seats being in front of the stage. Just curious, as many replied: "if you couldn't go to the front of the stage when you wanted you wouldn't go to Moondance at all" - what festival would you attend?
Having stated the year I started going to concerts, it might give you a clue to my age and being in my 50's I just don't want to stand in a crowd, jostling for position and dealing with out of control people. On Wednesday night I stood in front of the stage for Hairball, I encountered a half dozen totally wasted people who just bulled their way past people to get to where they wanted. Then, right next to me one of these individuals ran into someone who didn't much care for that and a pushing match ensued that nearly broke out into a fight. It was broken up by others but really, that is not my cup of tea, sorry. So this stand in front of the stage set-up doesn't work for me. Is the Hairball deal I experienced the norm? I hope not, but for those 2+ hours it seemed to be. By the way - did Hairball rock or what? I was very surprised at how good they were. A bit cheesy with the theatrics, but damn they were good musicians and I loved hearing all those classic rock tunes in one set.
My comments were solely intended to let those that be know that my VIP experience was less than stellar, unlike the other fest I attended. I listed the problems I had and really didn't want to get into a message board debate. I hope those that run Moondance care about my dollars and as some stated, they do not see the benefits of VIP being worth the dollars; well for Moondance I agree, it isn't worth the money I paid. Which again is why I posted. I liked the bands, I liked the area and would like to come back...just give me value for my dollar. I don't have to be in front of the stage, but I'd like an assigned seat and I "have" to have clear sound. It sucked looking at a You Tube video of Cinderella at MD this year and the sound of that video was better than what I actually heard.