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How To Get Banned From A Free Outdoor Concert

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I rarely go to these Pershing Square concerts and now I remember why, they have a 5-feet sign at the entrance with all the ‘no’ rules… No camera no video, no food, no drink… no fun!

It’s an outdoor concert for god’s sake, in a public park, what part of public the organizers do not understand? How can they impose those rules to people? And it is very ridiculous since they allow cell phones! Hello? Have you seen the new iPhone 6, it can take really cool pics and videos so I guess this already violate your no audio, video recording devices, but people don’t see it? I guess I need a new phone because mine sucks but it sucks less than Pershing Square rules… Because of these antediluvian rules, which make no sense in 2015 and which only apply to Pershing Square by the way, I got banned from a free concert! This is the only place with this no-camera rule, the Twilight concert series at the Santa Monica pier, the concerts at 7th and Figueroa, they are all outdoor concerts and they don’t have stupid rules like these…. So why is Pershing square is so picky? Oh they pretend the no-camera rule is at the request of the artists and I said it’s total BS because everywhere I go, similar artists don’t have this policy and they often thank me for my reviews and photos… Just today, I got a thank you on Twitter from country singer Sarah Gayle Meech who kicked ass at this last Twilight concert.

On Saturday, I decided to go to Pershing Square to see the Jayhawks and Shelby Lynne, and I sneaked a camera in, I am sorry but it is too easy to not try it! The problem is that the night was very clear, the lighting of downtown LA was not helping either, and the crowd was a bit thin,… there was no place to hide, and halfway though the Jayhawks a security guard told me I had no right to have a camera, so I put it in my bag… And he was relatively nice, but 5 minutes later a female guard came to scream at me, except that she mistook the people next to me for the crime perpetuator… I didn’t use my camera anymore during the whole show… but when the Jayhawks were done and had left the stage, I spotted a man in the VIP section – yes because these concerts have a VIP seating section – who had the setlist in hand. So I took my camera to take a picture of the setlist, and oh my god , two security guards jumped on me telling me I had to go because I had already been warned twice… but I was not taking a picture of the band!! I was not transgressing the rule allegedly imposed by the artists, I was just taking a picture of a piece of paper, the setlist , but no matter how I was explaining, they had to apply the rules!! What a bunch of stubborn rule-appliers! One of them who escorted me outside – yeap, I got banned from Pershing Square – recognized that the rule was stupid, but he had to apply it. I know he wanted to keep his job and I can’t blame him! I asked if I could talk to their boss, but they kept repeating me I had to make a request in advance… except that nobody ever answered to the email I sent to the address found on their website!

At the entrance, he said to the young people who were searching bags, ‘she had a camera, she is not allowed to get in again’… I was an outlaw, and I tried to talk to these young people, asking them if they didn’t find ridiculous to ban someone with a camera when so many people were taking pictures and videos with their iPhones? But they replied in unison, ‘but it’s the rule!’ I am gonna sound like an old person suddenly, but what a joke this generation is!

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