Wild Life Festival could have done without drugs and swearing

This Saturday I attended Wild Life, as I enjoy music and supporting local events.

Thursday, 15th June 2017, 2:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 21st June 2017, 3:21 pm

It was clear that many enjoyed the day – both young and old. The weather was good for one. There were many excellent singers/artists.

I would like to make a few points in the hope that next year’s event may be improved.

While people-watching I, on multiple occasions, saw drugs being offered for sale. Thankfully, I witnessed many young people put their hand up in refusal.

I realise that controlling these illegal substances is near on impossible at such an event but as a parent, I really was deeply concerned for the safety of young adults.

I wonder if a voluntary/non-uniformed task-force could be trained and engaged, (for next year’s event), to be vigilant for this activity and take subsequent agreed action.

Secondly, I think the language used by many performers on stage was extremely aggressive and foul. (From 5pm onwards).

Is it really necessary to swear so frequently and simultaneously use such graphic aggressive images on the back screen?

Is this really what the main audience want to hear and see?

Surely the objective of the entertainer is to create a positive, happy atmosphere. Yes, I know, I could walk away (which I did) but I worry about the influence these idols have.

Yes, I realise that a ‘norm for swearing’ seems to have settled across the UK, but really? To THAT degree? Is this necessary behaviour to win the fans?

Does Wild Life wish to have the reputation of a drug-feasting, angry occasion?

Let’s remember the purpose of this event!

Having a local music festival is just brilliant and I am all in support as long as there is ‘some control’.

So, dear organisers of Wild Life and management accepting the event, please consider the wider implications of your decisions, rather than just the immediate financial reward.

Please give some ‘guidance notes’ to performers and please put ‘substance monitors’ in place. Both tasks have the purpose of protecting our future.

Thank you. Parents! Be heard ... don’t just accept.

N Vinther

Sompting Rd


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