Dantes + Tiesto + V.I.P. = V-ery I-gnorant P-eople (Complaining like a little girl - Part 4)By Michael F. Coles
July 24th 2007
Dante's, one of the few remaining venues in St. Louis that brings most of the DJ's into town, is a really sweet 2 section venue that unfortunately doesn't hold that many people where the main section of the dance floor is located. The last time I went to Dante's in St. Louis to catch a DJ, I swore that the next time I went there that I would pay a little extra for my ticket and get a VIP ticket so I would have more room to dance and move around.
When I was informed about Tiesto coming to Dante's, my friend Sherry and I went ahead and bought VIP tickets hoping that we would indeed have more room to dance on unlike previous events experienced. There's only one problem with this VIP philosophy. It didn't really matter if one did indeed buy VIP tickets hoping that they would have more room to move around in when the organizers of the event, B&W and Disco Donnie (and I'm sure Dante's had something to do with it), decided to sell more tickets than what the venue itself could hold in capacity. If the fire department or the po-po would have seen the crowd and how no one could move, they would have shut the place down immediately! They even went as far as pitching up a huge tent outside of the venue (expecting a lot of people?) for the VIP section that was connected to the back door (fire exit?) that even had air-conditioning nonetheless. So they must have known what to expect considering one could not move around, not even in the VIP section, you know? Hence "Very Ignorant People" for purchasing those tickets!
Due to the fact one could not really move in the VIP section (and what a section it was I tell ya!) or on the main floor, Sherry and I sat on a stool on the other side of the venue where unfortunately the performer(s) could not, or can not be seen, just so we could avoid the "shoulder to shoulder" capacity that "yours truly" can not handle. Imagine being a sardine in a can and then for some unknown reason the man who puts the sardines in the can decides to put in 2x more the amount of sardines just for grins, and still tries putting the lid on the can. What a stupid analogy, huh? That's how stupid this whole ordeal really was!
As soon as Tiesto started, logically EVERYONE wanted to be a part of the show, even us. But as soon as we got up and headed to the main door (floor), people were literally "spewing" out the front part of the entrance and into the hallway from where one enters onto the main floor. There was absolutely no flow of traffic going in or out of the main door (floor) when Tiesto was performing; literally. After 3 songs into Tiesto's set we knew there was no point in trying to have fun, or see him for that matter. We didn't even have a chance to stand in the VIP section that we had paid extra for (and add the fact that the cigarette smoke really sucked), we headed towards the exit with disappointing hearts.
What were Dante's, B&W and Disco Donnie thinking with this sardine like event? I'll tell you; MONEY. What else? Screw the fact people were paying top $$$ for the VIP tickets. Screw the fact people wanted to have a good time. "Screw the people as long as we get our money!!" This may not sound very nice, but screw you Dante's and screw all of you for thinking with your pocket books and for letting so many people down!!
If I've said it once, I've said it a million times. From here on out I will only attend these types of shows at The Cave (electronic events), even if my favorite DJ's are performing at a venue. Long live the freedom to move around and breathe the fresh air!!