Partygoers vent on social media over Harbour Party music, sound
LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 26 February 2014 11:12 Written by // Reg Domingo
Partygoers have taken to social media to vent their disappointment at this year’s Harbour Party, citing issues with music, sound and entertainment.
The comments have prompted organisers Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to release a statement in response, with reassurances the same issues will not occur at the Mardi Gras Party.
Many complained about the music at Harbour Party, criticising its ‘laid-back’ and chilled tone.
“It was cruisey, laid back summer afternoon tunes,” wrote one attendee on Facebook.
“It never kicked up a gear. And in parts of the party you could barely hear the music at all.”
“Embarrassing,” wrote another partygoer on Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’ Facebook page.
“Apart from low volume, the music was a mix of disco, crap house and elevator music,” he continued.
“The majority of people were not dancing.”
In a statement to SX, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras said it had received “a number of comments about the sound levels at Harbour Party”.
Because of the event’s location – Mrs Macquarie’s Chair – SGLMG said Harbour Party is subject to sound level restrictions imposed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA).
“Steps were taken throughout the event to maximise the sound levels as far as possible without breaching the imposed restrictions, however it was identified during the event that the sound levels in some areas were lower than they should have been,” SGLMG said in a statement.
“At times when the sound levels were increased, they then had to be contained within the restrictions imposed.”
SGLMG said it will continue to work with other agencies involved with Harbour Party “to identify what can be done to mitigate the impact of noise restrictions on Harbour Party in the future”.
It moved to reassure the community that no such restrictions apply to the Mardi Gras Party.
“We want to reassure everyone that the Mardi Gras Party has six enclosed venues where sound levels will not be affected by such restrictions, which are programmed to cater to our community’s diverse tastes in music.”
SGLMG said feedback regarding the music policy “will inform the future programming direction of Harbour Party as part of our review of the event”.
POSTSCRIPT: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has released a supplementary response to the feedback regarding this year's Harbour Party. Read the full statement below ...
Thankyou for all of the feedback and constructive ideas and suggestions we have received about Harbour Party.
We have taken on board all of this valuable feedback, and we acknowledge that for many of you, the music experience of Harbour Party this year did not hit the mark, and didn’t meet your expectations.
Be assured that next year we will be making the changes needed in programming, music and direction to bring you the experience you have had in the past and have asked for now.
We are so lucky to be able to celebrate in such a beautiful setting with our friends on that day. We are committed to getting the total experience right for all of your diverse tastes and expectations by incorporating your feedback and acting on your suggestions.
Thank you to everyone who came to the event and supported us. The Party this Saturday features world class DJs to suit all musical tastes, all through the night. The Party, like Harbour Party, makes our Parade possible.
Happy Mardi Gras!
Paul Savage and Siri Kommedahl, Co-Chairs
Michael Rolik, Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras