Live Nation Dumping Food at Olympics / ParalympicsTagged as: culture environmentalism free_spaces music olympics repression social_struggles
Neighbourhoods: bt btlive hyde_park live_nation olympics paralympics ticketmaster victoria_park
FOOD AND WATER BANNED FROM BTLIVE EVENTS FOR OLYMPICS / PARALYMPICS
Live Nation's profile on Twitter states:
"Live Nation is the future of the music business" - GHU!!
Live Nation Entertainments (based in California, USA) was given the contract to arrange the entertainment events at the London Olympics. They also own Ticketmaster which handled the ticket sales with a system that has been described by professional web designers as 'not fit for purpose' - (**) see link below.
Over the last few weeks Live Nation marketing as BTLive have reportedly upset numerous members of the public with its draconian rules for attendance at events especially BTLive with the banning of ALL home-produced or shop-bought food, and ALSO water.
The photos of the signs surrounding the Live Nation compounds in Victoria Park and Hyde Park leave visitors in no doubt as to how welcome they will NOT be, and the numerous draconian rules that they will be subject to.
"They make everyone including small children go through airport style security including a hand-held metal detector search and a bag x-ray."
The many large bins can be clearly seen in the photos into which perfectly good food has to be dumped, and water bottles emptied. This is at a time when there are raging famines and starvation throughout the world in Africa, the USA and elsewhere.
The security staff have also been reported as abusing festival goers in bodily searching for prohibited items, and rifling though bags. In many cases non-professional DSLR cameras were prohibited, however owners were told that they could leave them at the entrance but that they would not get them returned. In one case on Twitter a woman was told to delete images from her camera.
Here are some tweets from Twitter that are circulating around the web:
Not sure I'm @ best place 2b - #BTLive #London2012 site at Hyde Park; like a festival; raucous, popular & scuzzy rather than nice & boutique
#BTlive should be ashamed of themselves allowing vendors to charge such outrageous found & drink prices
#BTLive fuming after encounter with heavy handed security n marketing scam. Been frisked, searched for water n food, asked to delete photos
#btlive. Biggest scam ever. Security gone mad and shameless commercialism. I thought we are celebrating the Olympics. Thanks Boris.
How come btlive is not allowing people to bring in food at Victoria park when you can take anything into the Olympic park?
#BTLive Your morons barred my wife from entry at Hyde Park as she had a DSLR. No measurement, just a thicko's guess, stopped her seeing it.
Can somebody explain why you aren't allowed liquids over 100ml into #BTlive?! It's not a bloody plane!
Live Nation bans food & drink at BTLive events yet LOCOG allows reasonable amounts to be taken into Olmpic venues. Why the difference?
@TopTVCameraman#BTLive - HydePark - banned from entering w. DSLR. Could leave @ entrance, but no I wouldn't get it back.
Olympic News - London 2012 -Why are festival organisers banning home made sandwiches from 'free' events in Hyde Park and Victoria Park?
Pi$$ed off people on Twitter
Petition to tell Live Nation (BTLive) & London Olympics (LOCOG) to stop dumping food and water
Described as 'not fit for use' by many professionals.
Another expose of Live Nation's / BTLive's dumping of food and water for the Olympics events