Sunday, June 09, 2013
Five tips on how to survive a music festival
Elsewhere an anonymous journalist reports the truly terrible news that he/she was in a coach party of media folk who were delayed for almost sixty minutes before being allowed into the opening concert of the Fes Sacred Music Festival in Morocco. To help prevent similar incidents in the future I offer the following advice to the traumatised journalist:
1. Don't travel from your luxury hotel to the concert venue with fellow hacks in an air-conditioned bus complete with minder. Instead walk to the concert with lesser mortals - Fes is the best place in the world to walk for heaven's sake.
2. Even better pay your own way to Morocco and buy your own festival ticket. That way you won't be hassled for being a journalist.
3. Understand that the Western media's love affair with scuttlebut journalism may have contributed to the Fes festival organiser's nervousness about press coverage.
4. Even though you are a self-confessed member of an "extremely grumpy media contingent", still try to communicate to your readers the background to behaviour that may be inconvenient and even unacceptable, but which has some justification.
5. Remember that diversity is not just confined to music: you are visiting Morocco, not Glyndebourne.
The writer of this post does not request anonymity as he is not worried about losing press privileges. He is Bob Shingleton, who has written about both the dark and the inspirational sides of Morocco.
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