Thanks for the image from memoirsofametrogirl blog
OnBlackheath festival has seen some scathing reviews across social media after apparent changes were made for this year’s event.
Queues for food and drink were extremely long – even by festival standards. Long queues seem the norm at UK festivals compared to those in the continent. However, even by those low standards seasoned festivals goers were complaining of waits up to 90 minutes a time.
— dp (@halfbear) July 13, 2019
And compounding the issue, many stalls ran out of food and drink early in the day.
Will be asking #ONBlackheath @ONBlackheath for a refund this year. One of the worst run festivals I have been to, and by golly have I been to a few. Been to every on Blackheath that’s run. New organisers criminal. @JamiroquaiHQ @theroots 🤘🏻but organisation atrocious.
— James Calder (@jmcalder101) July 13, 2019
Other complaints include not being able to leave the site as allowed previously. It appears that rule was then overturned as food and drink ran out.
— Memoirs Of A Metro Girl (@MemoirsOfAMetro) July 13, 2019
Much of the site has this year been given over to a funfair meaning music stages have been apparently been squeezed into a compact area. It didn’t go down well.
This all seems a great shame. Many other corners of London have long enjoyed great live music events and festivals on their doorstep. SE London lacked similar for many years until OnBlackheath. I recall having to travel for hours to Victoria Park, Hyde Park, Gunnersbury Park and more (some before Woolwich DLR opened and made things easier) and would have killed for something local.
On the flipside there are some on social media praising the event. Did you go? Was the criticism overblown or was it really that bad?