to: HRM councillors
cc: Halifax media, musicians, interested parties
Brilliant! Yes definitely, bring major
rock acts to Halifax, but do it
correctly. Your thinking is, well, incomplete.
DO not have the concert at the Halifax
Commons. You are asking for
trouble. It is madness to have a big rock concert in an area of:
- dense population (just
think of all the noise complaints,
civil suits to cover temporary lodgings, bogus and valid claims of
by neighbouring residents).
- many windows of residential property over-looking the Commons
resulting in lost ticket
- many parked automobiles just waiting to be damaged.
- traffic congestion. How are so many automobiles suppose
Face the facts: Dense population, plus traffic congeston, plus sudden
increase of population in a small
area, plus alcohol and drugs equals
a RIOT. You will be presenting a situation that will be impossible for
Find a truly large and isolated field in HRM, but outside the city,
with entrances and exits that the
police can control. The Commons is
not large enough. Just where do you believe you can squeeze in all the
on the Commons? ;-)
Question. Why are you interested in booking the Rolling Stones? They
just played Moncton, and
thus have satisfied the maritimes market. They
are not the only band in the world. I think Ozzy, Ozzfest, the
etc, several big exciting live acts may be available/in the
area (eastern Canada/New England). Visit http://pollstar.com/
Why do you even use the word "concert"? Erase it from your vocabulary.
Think "festival". Say it
with me: fes-ti-valllll. "Concert" is just
typical small-time Nova Scotian thinking. Have not just an evening
but a festival over several days, at least one-long day, with
several major acts. Copy the Glastonbury Festival. Have a
(Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado, Madonna, etc), a rock day
(Aerosmith, Green Day, Nickelback, Red Hot
Chili Peppers, U2, Who,
etc), a hardrock/punk/metal day (Ozzy, Scorpinos, etc) -- acts that
draw. Be creative! Do not
just copy Moncton. Remember: they lost money
because of pooooooor planning.
If there is a riot, I shall say, "I
told you so!"
Best of luck with your gig! :-)
Robert Speirs, resident=extraordinaire