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Fab Feb/Mad March – Phew! Glad It’s Over

Adelaide Fringe, Geek, Rants, Thoughts

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Today is March 31st, the last day of the month and I’m telling you… I’ve had enough of Fab Feb and Mad March, that time in Adelaide where anything and everything remotely resembling a festival or an event gets bundled into one supposedly huge party that lasts for two months.

Now, I don’t want to appear to be some sort of wowser party-pooper type here but please… Adelaide has so much to offer its citizens (as well as the greater national and global population) but this city doesn’t do anyone any favours by cramming most of its events into a two month period.

There’s just too much competition for the disposable income of a finite population of punters who are suffering more and more from “festival fatigue” every year.

I mean it’s not like Adelaide has crap weather for the other ten months of the year especially as we keep on being told that we live in the driest state on the driest continent on Earth.

Surely we can put on a festival or two at other times of the year? Surely we can space things out a little bit more which in turn will give us performers (and the punters we rely on) a bit of a chance to catch our collective breaths?

Whether you agree with it or not, the article “Has The Adelaide Fringe Festival Become Too Big For It’s Boots?” featured in The Guardian which was inspired by a Facebook rant from British comedian Alexis Dubus (now taken down from Facebook) highlights the issue about the competitive nature of Mad March and the effect it has on performers and punters alike.

NB: I know the article is primarily focussed on the Adelaide Fringe Festival and Mad March is of course a combination of many events but the Adelaide Fringe does take up a lot of Mad March.

Please don’t get me wrong, as a songwriter/musician myself I love any opportunity Adelaide offers to showcase the wonderful talent that we have locally, nationally and globally but to cram everything into a two month time-frame and neglect the rest of the year doesn’t really make any sense to me.

What are your experiences as either a performer or as a punter? Are you suffering from “festival fatigue” or are you sad that Mad March had to eventually finish? I’m interested in your thoughts.

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Peace,

Corey 🙂

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Why Am I Doing This?

Music Business, Thoughts

I discovered early on in my career that, as a performing songwriter and musician it’s really, really important to have people to play in front of. Seems a simple enough realization to me.

Playing to an audience had always given me a sense of purpose with my music, which is an end result to all of the hours practicing, rehearsing, writing and honing my craft.

Of course performing in front of an attentive satisfies the ego too but I realized that just satisfying the ego was not enough. Performance is a two way street between performer and audience.

Without one, the other ceases to exist.

It dawned on me that for me to be a successful performer I needed to be successful at giving the audience a reason to care, to touch move and inspire them and then find a way to keep them all in one group and then give them what they want on a regular basis.

Hence this blog and this website. I’m using technology to reach out over the vast expanses of the internet to tap you on the shoulder and say “Hello!”

I want to build a community of people around me and my music and I’ll be doing that by being me, being open and honest and documenting everything that I can on my journey.

I’ll be putting up my music, my images, my videos, my thoughts, feelings and other interesting and useful things I find along the way. All because I want to reach out to you, my audience.

I know that might sound a tad arrogant but, I know that winning you over is not going to come easily. I have to prove my worth to you, prove that I’m worthy of your attention because your time is just as precious as mine and therefore I don’t want to waste it.

If I’m on stage I know where my audience is. When I’m writing for this site I don’t know where you are, it’s exciting and scary all at the same time but it’s worth pursuing. My audience, my community, my friends are out there. I’ve just got to find them.

It is my hope that through this website (and what I put in it) will give you a reason to give me a go, to care enough to tell your friends about what I do, to come to my shows and to allow me to be part of your life through my music.

It would be an honour and a privilege to do so.

As you can read, I take community building very seriously. It’s what the music industry is all about but I will touch on that in later posts.

Peace,

Corey 🙂

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