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Partygoers vent on social media over Harbour Party music, sound

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


Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo

Reg Domingo is the editor of SX.

Comments (5)

  • Nathan

    07 March 2014 at 12:17 |
    Well, I actually left by 8pm - but I thought perhaps it would get exciting around then as the lights would make it more special. But as it was all over by 11pm I didn't feel like hanging around. Not much happening much before then - I felt like I was waiting for peopel to arrive. It just felt like Fair Day really.


  • Jack

    24 February 2014 at 19:21 |
    I want come Back my money


  • Clayton Bristow

    24 February 2014 at 19:15 |
    I appreciate there are noise restrictions imposed and that MG organisers have to work within these constraints. I also appreciate the official statement addressing this issue. However, I feel the official statement has deliberately omitted a response to the majority of complaints which provide feedback on the type of music, it's laid back feel and lack of alignment with previous parties (and hence expectations), not the volume.

    Harbour Party has an international reputation as a top class dance party. If the organisers made a deliberate decision to change the type of music to appease the authorities this should have been communicated to customers prior to the event to allow party goers an opportunity to make an informed decision to attend.

    There have been some emotional responses and feedback since the party, some constructive, others not so much. Regardless, MG should cut through the emotion and act on the core message provided by their customers. The emotion only proves the strong attachment and loyalty of their customer base.

    I hope my comments are seen only as constructive in an attempt to assist MG and secure the future reputation of this event, which is typically my favourite party of the year.

    Happy Mardi Gras All!


  • David

    24 February 2014 at 17:30 |
    The event was way overpriced. It was average, I probably won't go again.


  • Shannon

    24 February 2014 at 16:52 |
    Yeah hey guys totes soz about the music being to low and that you spent all that money, but hey come to MG party because we don't have lockout n all and see how spending a further $150+ Pays for you this time. Whatevs - any other party promoter would be ashamed, ur a community organisation charging a premium for these events sort yourselves out mg.


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