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Thread #139478   Message #3204499
Posted By: Howard Jones
09-Aug-11 - 07:19 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
Moira, I understand your point of view, but I think you're missing the point of a festival like Sidmouth. What makes a festival more than just a series of concerts is that the performers are not only to be found on-stage but actively participating in many other aspects of the festival besides the events they're actually booked for.

You don't seem to have had a problem with the actual performance, so if the performer hadn't mentioned it you'd have been none the wiser. It's also unclear what the tone of the comment was - was it a genuine apology in advance, or a light-hearted comment intended to produce a nod of recognition from the audience, many of whom would also have been carousing until the small hours?

Had this taken place at a one-off concert, or if the performance itself were below par, then I'd have been inclined to agree with you. However a festival is a different animal, where both performers and audience are participating in the festival on a more equal footing. In that context I don't agree that the making of the comment in itself is unprofessional.