The Age

Rant – Entertainment Guide

Author: A Gilbee

Wits’ end
Last weekend, I went to see the Living End at the Corner Hotel. We got there about half an hour before the doors were to be opened and already the line was long. After standing in the slowly moving queue of eager under 18s, for more than two-and-a-half hours, we were told: “It’s a full house. Go home.” What I am annoyed about is not so much that I didn’t get in, as I am well aware of the band’s popularity, but the fact that I wasted hours standing in line for no apparent reason. I can’t understand why a head count wasn’t conducted earlier to let us know whether or not it was worth hanging around. We also asked why they didn’t pre-sell tickets and were told that the Living End’s management didn’t want pre-sold tickets because they wanted “hype”. There was hype, but of an angry kind. I am unsure of who I should be angry at: the Corner Hotel or Living End. Either way, I don’t have much respect for either at the moment.

A Gilbee, Werribee