dave_nicholls wrote:I appreciate Sonisphere is in its first year and in all likeliness we'll give next year a go, however I have to say I'm disspointed by this year at the moment (ready for people to argue with me here about how they thought it was amazing so on so forth, this is my opinion!).
I thought there were a minority of people there who were there simply to get pissed and cause trouble. There were groups in the campsite who were bragging about how they got a young lad (who was there for his first festival) so hammered he had to be taken off by an ambulance. 2 other lads passed out on the path in the campsite and 2 coppers and 2 "staff" walked past them looking the other way so as not to get involved.
2 quid for a bottle of water is not justifiable by anyone for any reason, that is pure extortion. The only slight reprise on that was the tea tent who charged 1.50 per bottle.
The only other thing was that people really need to learn what a bin is and is for. The ground on Sunday was covered in peoples shite from food, drink etc etc so there was no chance of sitting down without ending up on a plate of noodles or the like, how hard is it to put stuff in the bin when it's done with!!! Same in the campsite where people were throwing it over the fence, there's just no need for it. It didn't help that the staff who were meant to be collecting litter were too busy drinking and messing about.
Here's hoping next year is more organised!
Obviously this is your own opinion, but I would say that all of the things you've mentioned are either present, or worse, at other festivals. I would say the point about people causing trouble would be much more suited to Reading - I for one didn't see any bonfires, fireworks in the campsite, or tent-burnings at Soni, while at Reading they seemed to be pretty common.
£2 is standard for drinks at festivals - Download, Soni, and R&L. I suppose you could say that just because others do it, it doesn't make it right - and you'd be perfectly correct because outside of a festival environment you'd never pay that much for a bottle of coke. On the other hand, you mentioned bottles of water, and there were free taps dotted around the campsites and in the arena, so to be fair to Soni, they were providing free water for those who wanted it.
And while I agree with your litter comments (for example, the arena was absolutely covered in those Skindred leaflets on Saturday morning), it's not really Soni's fault that people think it's acceptable to litter. Although there were people meant to be cleaning up, I doubt it really becomes priority until Monday morning when I assume the cleanup proper begins.