Last month you may have heard a bit of commotion coming out of Camp Bisco about some beef Biscuit fans had with Nectar fans. If you didn’t catch word, the short version is a group of 50ish Bassnectar fans camped out on the rail all day Saturday and weren’t conducting themselves in a way that properly represented Bassnectar’s ideals by sitting, laying down, and not respecting the other artists.
This past weekend at Moonrise we almost had a repeat of Bisco, as attendees wearing Bassnectar clothing and waving Nectar flags plopped themselves down in front of the Lunar Stage early in the afternoon for his 9:30 set. It didn’t take long for people to start grumbling about the blatant disrespect and taking pictures to post on social media.
As someone who loves Bassnectar’s music, and even more-so his ideals, to see people representing the name in a negative way at Bisco and again at Moonrise was enough for me. I was reminded of the biggest lesson that I learned from Electric Forest and decided to do something rather than let a handful of people (many of the same exact heads from Bisco) tarnish the Bassnectar name for everyone else. I asked one of the security guards behind the railing to speak to the head of security (a big burly dude who towered over me even at 6’4″) and said exactly this, “Hey man, at a festival last month a bunch of kids sat down in front of the railing and it caused a lot of problems in the community. Could you please ask them to stand during the artists’ sets or they’ll be asked to leave?” and he responded, “Yeah man, no problem” and they all stood for every set and sat during the breaks.
It was as easy as that. There was no bad blood, no beef except for that big slab we found on the ground, and no negativity surrounding Bassnectar fans. It was another great example of the lesson of “Being the Change” and how being a proactive member of the community helps to grow the scene in the right direction. Much love fam.
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