The Metallica concert in Bengaluru may have been a sweeping success with 34,900 fans but, for a hundred odd concert goers, it became a nightmare. Fans who were carrying backpacks to the venue were asked to pile them up in an unguarded open field near the main concert area, and found their stuff missing when they came out. iPods, laptops, passports and mp3 players were gone.
Those affected are now being slammed by others as ‘irresponsible’ for even thinking of carrying precious personal belongings, when the ticket clearly said baggage wouldn’t be allowed.
A debate over who is at fault — the organisers or the fans — has broken out on social networking sites.
“Folks who flew in had no choice but to leave their stuff at the ‘baggage counter’. They were instructed to leave their bags in an open ground (filled with mud), stacked one over the other. DNA (the organiser) refused to give tokens to the owners of the property, thereby escaping from responsibility,” reads a Faceboook post from Jonva Madding. Fans say they saw two men stealing the baggage, but when they caught them, the police refused to act and instead, resorted to lathi charge on the fans.
“The lathi charge was wrong, but what were these guys thinking!” says Rohan Singh. “No one in their right sense of mind would get a backpack to the concert specially with their laptops and passports! It is clearly mentioned on the ticket not to get anything. Are these 100 odd people illiterate? I don’t buy the argument that they are out of towners so they didn’t have place to keep their stuff. You can easily put the stuff in cloak rooms in railway stations or ask your friends to put it at their places or in their cars,” says Hrish Dhempe Thota.
It may seem like stating the obvious, but keep these in mind at the next concert
1. Bulky bags and backpacks are not allowed at most concert venues
2. Leave your camera/phone/ tablet at home. Concerts tend to get chaotic
3. Alcohol and cigarettes are not allowed inside.