The most obvious sign of growth is being able to admit to mistakes and show how things will change. The team behind Moonrise Festival clearly knows this, considering the lengthy statement its Co-Founder and President, Evan Weinstein, recently released on the event’s Facebook page.
We highlight some issues that Moonrise had last year and how the curators plan to ameliorate them this year.
In terms of general event setup, the fact that Moonrise plans to do better with providing shade and water stations is a huge deal. Last year, there were only a few shady spaces throughout the festival grounds, and attendees were, for the most part, hard-pressed to find somewhere to cool off.
Check out the Moonrise 2017 map below:
As for the water stations, it is a relief to find out that the event will be working to improve this. The Star Team volunteers distributed ice last year, and at times water too, which was very helpful. Still, the new water units set to be used this year sound like they will make a huge difference in speeding up the lines at fill-up stations.
The larger issues last year, as many of you already know, had to do with event safety and security. Troubling reports about the event’s security team plagued the event, and nearly overshadowed the actual successes last year. It’s great to learn that there will be new security teams and much-needed, effective oversight of security.
Similarly, issues in the parking lots were widely reported last year, and it helps to hear that there will be more off-duty police present, specifically. Adding in more security personnel, and parking lot attendees is also a great step.
The traffic exiting the event on the last day of the festival last year was bumper-to-bumper, so hiring a team to design and manage parking plans will surely make a huge difference.
The release of an official Moonrise Festival app is long overdue. Many of the most renowned, large-scale festivals have an app by default. Since Moonrise presumably wants to continue to grow and become more of a staple-event, this is a big move. Having communication tools within the app is a great help, too.
Download the App for Moonrise 2017 by clicking here.
Most importantly, connecting information booths and the event management command post will help combat any – and we hope there are none – serious issues that might arise for attendees.
As the festival approaches this weekend, we hope that reading about the ways that these improvements actually have real, positive implications for the event will make attending this year something to look forward to.