I didn't witness that. There is a large group of my friends who put the time in to wait in line or up front to get the best spot. They were kind enough to hold my spot for BCC. By the time i got back it still wasn't filled up but glad for spot on the rail.
i know they will hold one or two max spots amongst the dozen or more to run to bathroom but they literally stand there for hours to get the spot. And I know others secured front spots for tapers and then gave them up, moving to the back.
I saw a similar comment on fb and it kinda rubbed some folks the wrong way, who literally gave up seeing other shows etc. to get up front for Joe and other shows. I can't argue about that and wanted to give some support here. i didn't notice the videographers in particular being a problem for my experience.
There was though many reports of people saving spots around the pool deck area with towels etc. then leaving for the day...people then would try to respect those spots only to find out the people never came back.
Someone said that Sixthman did make a rule save one spot, cool, save two, go in the pool. or something. I never heard that but its only decent.
I do appreciate the vids but also my good time. I did feel bad a couple times during BCC being a little wild with my movements and screaming.....but i think i got almost as many shouts outs from folks later on and days forward thanking me for rocking out as maybe folks who watch the vids...maybe not quite as many. I don't mind the videographers and those who sacrifice their spot and time for them, unless they want me to tone myself down because of it. That can take some of the live experience fun out of it.And FWIW i only scream at BCC and when appropriate such as when Joe holds his hand to his ear wanting us loud...blahblah
I also sort f felt bad in the one venue for Marcus King, they had the dance floor open without chairs but many people had gotten there early to get seats but Marcus called us to the floor so once some of us swooped in those in seats couldnt see and some complained in the FB group. BUT...they also chose to sit there when there were clear signs the dance floor was for dancing....
I learned a lot on this first experience and am fortunate enough to be able to get next year.
Anyway yeah there was a survey so I am sure they will try to make it work the best for all. The best suggestion I could come up with other than making a no saving more than one spot a rule (and only saving for limited time) was if there could be a screen to watch on or something. I liked the pool deck because you could watch from various levels/angles etc. With the wind and the weather though a big screen doesnt seem practical but I saw an Eagles Tribute band on youtube who had these neat screens that pieced together so it wasn';t one large surface. I don't think its practical but I suggested as a possibility.
Most folks on the ship were very happy go lucky and easy going though so...go with the flow is best for the show. Some people were obviously grumpy though and in ways that seemed inappropriate for what it a festival atmosphere even though some venues were seated.
I know many enjoyed the Joe in the Stardust theater but he had to do two of same show for all to see. I actually was suprised it didnt seem more crowded in the pool deck area for his show there. It worked for me, and I enjoyed being able to stand. All the other darn Joe shows are in theaters! mumble
i actually really enjoyed watching Joe's band from above and behind. A different perspective for sure but equaled just as good if not better to me than waiting up front for hours and missing on a good dinner with good people...and it was cool to see my friends who did wait up there in front rockin out.
Man is it 2019 yet??? and i am already having an internal dilemma cause this year i focused on just waiting to be up front for BCC. I lucked out otherwise. Next year though...with Joe and KWS...I may put more time in waiting to get up front. I really enjoy making eye contact from the front if I can